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Rocket 88
Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats Lyrics


You may have heard of jalopies
You've heard the noise they make
But let me introduce you to my Rocket '88
Yes it's great, just won't wait
Everybody likes my Rocket '88
Baby we'll ride in style
Movin' all along

V-8 motor and this modern design
Black convertible top and the gals don't mind
Sportin' with me, ridin' all around town for joy
Blow your horn, Raymond blow your horn

Step in my Rocket and don't be late
Baby we're pullin' out about a half-past-eight
Goin' on the corner and havin' some fun
Everybody in my car is going to take a little nip
Ooh, goin' out
Oozin' and cruisin' along

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Royalty Network
Written by: JACKIE BRENSTON

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Brazilian Atlantis

The downright absurd (if you know 1947-1950 music, such as "Rock The Joint" by Chris Powell) idea that "Rocket 88" was the first rock and roll recording was popularized by its producer Sam Phillips himself, because he really liked the idea that he was the "man who invented rock and roll" (conveniently forgetting that he opened his studio in 1950, after recordings like "Boogie At Midnight" by Roy Brown were already top ten nationally on the R&B charts).

Some of us are old enough to remember that before the gullible press had been inundated with Phillips' self-serving claim -- he was underway with that by 1975, but it took a while for it to get it rolling -- people wrote things like this:

"the Comets... became the world's very first rock 'n' roll group" -- After The Ball by Whitcomb, 1972.
"Elvis Presley [was] the first rock-and-roll singer to gain national attention." -- Instant Millionaires by Gunther, 1973.
"Whether 'Sh-Boom' or 'Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash' was the first rock-and-roll recording is a chronological-musicological quibble...." -- A Social History Of Rock Music by Grossman, 1976.
"Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock,' the first rock record...." -- Freakshow: The Rocksoulblues...._ by Albert Goldman, 1971.
"'Sh-Boom' by the Crew Cuts... which several people pin point as the first rock and roll song" -- Billboard, 5/27/72.
"Rock & roll... had its birth in 1951 with Alan Freed's use of the term" -- Rock by Jahn, 1973. (Not to be confused with what the black deejay Leroy White was playing on his hit show "Rocking With Leroy" earlier.)
"[Haley] had the first Rock and Roll hit in history." -- The Conceptual Approach To Rock Music by Grier, 1974.
"Bill Haley and the Comets[']... 'Shake, Rattle and Roll'... became what is considered the first rock-and-roll hit." -- Mass Media by Glessing and White, 1976.
"Haley's 'Crazy, Man, Crazy' [from 1953] is credited as being the first rock 'n' roll hit." -- The Pop Industry Inside Out by Cable, 1977. (As opposed to e.g. Jimmy Preston's 1949 R&B top ten hit nationally "Rock The Joint," or Kay Starr's 1950 pop top ten hit nationally "Oh Babe.")
"'Crazy Man Crazy,' the first rock 'n' roll record to enter U.S. charts." -- The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Rock by Logan and Woffinden, 1978.
"... the entry of the first rock record ever into the chart -- Crazy Man Crazy in 1953" -- The Illustrated History Of Rock Music by Pascall, 1978.
"Bill Haley... was the first boss of rock." Awopbop.. by Cohn, 1970.
"'Sh-boom,' the first rock 'n' roll hit" -- The Rock Revolution by Arnold Shaw, 1969.
"I feel gratified that rock historians like Carl Belz and others have singled out 'Sh-Boom' as the first rock 'n' roll hit. I hasten to assure the reader that the designation is accurate...." -- The Rockin' '50s by Arnold Shaw, 1974.
"The Crew Cuts[' 'Sh-Boom'] is now considered to be the first rock and roll hit...." -- The Book Of Golden Discs by Murrells, 1978.
"Frankie Laine, the first rock-and-roll singer..." -- Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 1962.
"We might also say that the Boswell Sisters were the first rock 'n' roll singers" --  _Life_, 7/7/72.

Wow, that's a lot of white people. The old days, when writers on rock and roll were as incompetent as today, but differently.

Black musicians who could remember the early days of rock and roll were quoted back then, ever. Here's Red Tyler in John Broven's 1978 book Rhythm and Blues In New Orleans: "As I recall, prior to [Roy Brown in about 1948] there were no big rock 'n' roll artists in the stature of Roy Brown...." Apparently Tyler hadn't even got the memo yet that white people must have had something to do with "rock and roll" being invented. Just as Erline "Rock And Roll" Harris hadn't when she was using that nickname publicly in late 1949 when she recorded "Jump And Shout," without even politely waiting for Hardrock Gunter to record the earliest rockabilly the following year, thereby making rock and roll possible.



All comments from YouTube:

SunStudioSessions

@jaemel1 - you are absolutely correct, Rocket 88 was recorded right here in Memphis at Sun Studio! Chess Records released the song, but it was 100% recorded right here in our building in 1951.

Brazilian Atlantis

The downright absurd (if you know 1947-1950 music, such as "Rock The Joint" by Chris Powell) idea that "Rocket 88" was the first rock and roll recording was popularized by its producer Sam Phillips himself, because he really liked the idea that he was the "man who invented rock and roll" (conveniently forgetting that he opened his studio in 1950, after recordings like "Boogie At Midnight" by Roy Brown were already top ten nationally on the R&B charts).

Some of us are old enough to remember that before the gullible press had been inundated with Phillips' self-serving claim -- he was underway with that by 1975, but it took a while for it to get it rolling -- people wrote things like this:

"the Comets... became the world's very first rock 'n' roll group" -- After The Ball by Whitcomb, 1972.
"Elvis Presley [was] the first rock-and-roll singer to gain national attention." -- Instant Millionaires by Gunther, 1973.
"Whether 'Sh-Boom' or 'Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash' was the first rock-and-roll recording is a chronological-musicological quibble...." -- A Social History Of Rock Music by Grossman, 1976.
"Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock,' the first rock record...." -- Freakshow: The Rocksoulblues...._ by Albert Goldman, 1971.
"'Sh-Boom' by the Crew Cuts... which several people pin point as the first rock and roll song" -- Billboard, 5/27/72.
"Rock & roll... had its birth in 1951 with Alan Freed's use of the term" -- Rock by Jahn, 1973. (Not to be confused with what the black deejay Leroy White was playing on his hit show "Rocking With Leroy" earlier.)
"[Haley] had the first Rock and Roll hit in history." -- The Conceptual Approach To Rock Music by Grier, 1974.
"Bill Haley and the Comets[']... 'Shake, Rattle and Roll'... became what is considered the first rock-and-roll hit." -- Mass Media by Glessing and White, 1976.
"Haley's 'Crazy, Man, Crazy' [from 1953] is credited as being the first rock 'n' roll hit." -- The Pop Industry Inside Out by Cable, 1977. (As opposed to e.g. Jimmy Preston's 1949 R&B top ten hit nationally "Rock The Joint," or Kay Starr's 1950 pop top ten hit nationally "Oh Babe.")
"'Crazy Man Crazy,' the first rock 'n' roll record to enter U.S. charts." -- The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Rock by Logan and Woffinden, 1978.
"... the entry of the first rock record ever into the chart -- Crazy Man Crazy in 1953" -- The Illustrated History Of Rock Music by Pascall, 1978.
"Bill Haley... was the first boss of rock." Awopbop.. by Cohn, 1970.
"'Sh-boom,' the first rock 'n' roll hit" -- The Rock Revolution by Arnold Shaw, 1969.
"I feel gratified that rock historians like Carl Belz and others have singled out 'Sh-Boom' as the first rock 'n' roll hit. I hasten to assure the reader that the designation is accurate...." -- The Rockin' '50s by Arnold Shaw, 1974.
"The Crew Cuts[' 'Sh-Boom'] is now considered to be the first rock and roll hit...." -- The Book Of Golden Discs by Murrells, 1978.
"Frankie Laine, the first rock-and-roll singer..." -- Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 1962.
"We might also say that the Boswell Sisters were the first rock 'n' roll singers" --  _Life_, 7/7/72.

Wow, that's a lot of white people. The old days, when writers on rock and roll were as incompetent as today, but differently.

Black musicians who could remember the early days of rock and roll were quoted back then, ever. Here's Red Tyler in John Broven's 1978 book Rhythm and Blues In New Orleans: "As I recall, prior to [Roy Brown in about 1948] there were no big rock 'n' roll artists in the stature of Roy Brown...." Apparently Tyler hadn't even got the memo yet that white people must have had something to do with "rock and roll" being invented. Just as Erline "Rock And Roll" Harris hadn't when she was using that nickname publicly in late 1949 when she recorded "Jump And Shout," without even politely waiting for Hardrock Gunter to record the earliest rockabilly the following year, thereby making rock and roll possible.

Patrick Goddeyne

Thanks for the upload, this song is featured in my textbook for rock and roll history and Youtube is delivering.

Mike Mangan

This is the original and today some 57 years later still remains The Classic Rock and Roll song!!!

Walt Fechter

This one's for Little Steven (The Underground Garage). Thank you, Alan Freed and the 1st Moondog Coronation Ball (1952 in Cleveland, OH). I was born on that same night (in Cleveland, OH).

Elina H

Loving this since I was 16 years old. <3
Long time ago. :-)

allaboard70

Bill Haley and Chuck Berry was great, but this was the very first car song with a rockin' beat. Very good music by Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner.

deerdestroyer2009

Is it just me or is this song hard to listen to without snapping your fingers.

spencerjames55

Just read that this was the first Rock n Roll toon so thought id check it out...Yep, ill buy that. All the ingredients, gals, cars, booze and a great groove. I have now officially re-defined my timeline of Rock n Roll, previously believing that 1954/55 was the start...unless theres something a bit earlier to look at ?????

Orlando Medina

UNA VEZ LE PREGUNTARON A LARRY WILLIAMS

¿QUÉ ES PARA TI EL ROCK & ROLL?

Y CONTESTÓ :

``ES EL PULSO DE LA VIDA MISMA´´.

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