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Rock and Roll Pioneers

The legends of early rock and roll music -- the giants who formed an entirely new genre and cultural movement out of America's discarded subcategories.
  1. Bo Diddley (2)
  2. Buddy Holly (14)
  3. Chuck Berry (4)
  4. Elvis Presley
  5. Jerry Lee Lewis

Bill Haley and His Comets
This pioneer started out as a singing cowboy but soon found a way to merge Western Swing with jump blues, making him rock's first star and igniting a cultural revolution with "Rock Around The Clock."

Fats Domino
One of the most underrated rock legends, the genial "Fats" helped take New Orleans rock from jump blues to soul, becoming a major influence on pop, rock, and even ska.

Little Richard
The Georgia Peach himself - the Macon madman who made your liver quiver and your little toe shoot straight up in your boot with rip-roaring hits like "Long Tall Sally," "Tutti Frutti," and "Rip It Up."

Ritchie Valens
He's remembered chiefly as one of the "three stars" killed on The Day The Music Died, but the career of Ritchie Valens, tragically brief as it was, means more than that -- means more even than his status as a pioneer in Latin-American rock and roll.

The Big Bopper
Before he was unfortunately immortalized in the plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson had already been an influential songwriter, DJ, and performer, with hits like "Chantilly Lace" and "Big Bopper's Wedding."

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1956
The ten biggest and best R&B hits of 1956, songs not quite mainstream enough to completely replicate their success on the pop charts. A tribute to the best rhythm and blues hits of 1956. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.

The 10 Biggest Everly Brothers Hits of All Time
The ten biggest and most popular hits from the Everly Brothers, the stories behind the songs, and the path they took to their chart status. A guide to the Everly Brothers for new fans! From your Oldies Expert at About.com.

The Everly Brothers: The Essentials
The essential Everly Brothers albums, books, and videos, a list of the first places to understand the country-rock heroes and their legacy. A guide to the Everly Brothers for new fans and old! From your Oldies Expert at About.com.

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