The Bee Gees
Roots of Rock n' Roll
Soon, producers saw market potential in rock and roll and sought white artists who could capture the African American rhythm of blues without bleeding out the heart and soul of the original beats. And it al started with Elvis Presley. Within two years Elvis Presley became the most popular name in the entertainment business.
Once the door to rock and roll was opened, African American-performers such as Chuck Berry, Fat Domino, and Little Richard began to enjoy broad success as well. White performers such as Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee also soon found artistic freedom and commercial success.
The commercial possibilities for rock and roll were limitless. Americans wanted to release the tensions that bubbled beneath the smooth surface of postwar America.