Early Rock Song Origins - Part 2
We’re all familiar with many outstanding songs from the early days of Rock and Roll such as Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and “Night” by Jackie Wilson. What is less known, and often little appreciated, is that the melodies for those songs, as well as many others recorded during the 50’s and ‘60’s, were written decades or in some cases centuries earlier and have their roots in classical music, grand opera, or Broadway shows.
During this presentation we will have an opportunity to relive a dozen or so examples of songs in this category, compare them to the original version, and examine how the adaption from classical themes to Rock and Roll standards was accomplished so successfully.
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