from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A form of popular music arising from and incorporating a variety of musical styles, especially rhythm and blues, country music, and gospel. Originating in the United States in the 1950s, it is characterized by electronically amplified instrumentation, a heavily accented beat, and relatively simple phrase structure.
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- n. Alternative spelling of rock and roll.
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- n. a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
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It has always been one of my favourites, and I am getting a better understanding of why: the ragtime meets rock 'n' roll of the music and the just out of reach implications of the lyric.
Yes, that was the year that rock 'n' roll got a toe-hold