Personalities | Jackie Brenston | Roots of Rock

(Saxophone, vocals, 1930–79)

Jackie Brenston recorded arguably the first rock’n’roll record with 1951’s ‘Rocket 88’, an R&B boogie that featured Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm, of which Brenston was a member. ‘Rocket 88’ (by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats) stayed at the top of the R&B charts for over a month, but Brenston never recaptured the energy on later recordings. He remained with Turner’s group until 1962, and then left the music business.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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