Eyeglasses Of Rock And Roll

The history of eyeglasses and rock and roll has to be written yet. Consider this random photo collection as a modest starting point. Scroll down and indulge yourself in rocking eyeglasses!

Buddy Holly, The-Father-Of-Rock-and-Roll-Horn-Rimmed-Eyeglasses (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Roy Orbison comes very close to Buddy Holly with his eyeglasses  (Photo by John Waterman/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Rockabilly Legend Jody Reynolds Proudly Shows His Horn-Rimmed-EyeglassesWatch out Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, Rockabilly legend Jody Reynolds wears some nice horn-rimmed-eyeglasses, too!

Little Richard, King Of Sunglasses And Rock ‘n’ Roll (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

elvis-presley-priscilla-eyeglassesThe other King Of Rock And Roll: Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla, showing off his fancy eyeglasses (Photo found at Silver Lining Opticians)

Janis In FursJanis Joplin (1969) knows: these glasses keep your eyes warm in winter (Photo by Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

Rock star John Lennon (L) & his second wife Yoko Ono (R), New York 1980Rock star John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in 1980: Sometimes stars and sunglasses come in pairs (photo: David Mcgough, LIFE)

Heino CoverHe ain’t no rock ‘n’ roller but he sure got fine glasses

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Der grosse amerikanische Schlagzeuger Earl Palmer ist gestorben

Sein Vermächtnis ist immens: mit seinem Schlagzeug-Spiel formte er die amerikanische Pop-Musik von den späten vierziger Jahren bis in die achtziger Jahre. Earl Palmer, geboren am 25. Oktober 1924 in New Orleans, starb am 19. September zuhause in Banning (Kalifornien). Ungefähr vor einem Jahr wurde er an der Lunge operiert und hat sich davon nicht mehr erholt.

Tief im Herzen war Earl Palmer ein Jazz-Schlagzeuger, aber sein geschmackssicheres und unglaublich vielseitiges Schlagzeug-Spiel war in jedem Musikstil zu Hause: Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Rock, Soul, Filmmusik, Musik für Zeichentrickfilme oder Easy Listening. Er ist auf Dutzenden von historischen Songs und Filmmusiken zu hören.

Zu seinem Schlagzeug tanzten in den fünfziger Jahren Teenager auf der ganzen Welt. Er spielte auf wegweisenden Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs wie I’m Walkin (Fats Domino) , Tutti Frutti, The Girl Can’t Help It, Long Tall Sally (Little Richard) , La Bamba ( Ritchie Valens) oder Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran). Er spielte für Soul-Star Sam Cooke (Cupid, Twistin’ The Night Away), für Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, Mel Tormé, Lou Rawls, die Beach Boys, die Monkees, Tim Buckley, Tom Waits, die Byrds, die Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Randy Newman, Barbara Streisand und viele mehr.

Und dann sind da noch die Filmmusiken: Er arbeitete mit grossartigen Komponisten wie Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, John Barry, Neal Hefti und Maurice Jarre. Er sorgte für den Rhythmus in Filmen wie Das Urteil von Nürnberg, Die Lady und der Tramp, In der Hitze der Nacht und Bullitt. Und er ist auch in vielen klassischen Fernsehserien auf der Tonspur zu hören, unter anderem in 77 Sunset Strip, Peyton Place, Die Partridge Familie und M*A*S*H.

Als Kind war Earl Palmer Stepptänzer, später fing er an Schlagzeug zu spielen. Bald spielte er mit vielen Bands in New Orleans. Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg studierte er mit einem Armee-Stipendium an der Grunewald’s School of Music in New Orleans Musiktheorie, Notenlesen und Arrangieren. Als er 1957 nach Los Angeles zog, brachte er nicht nur charakteristische New Orleans-Rhythmen mit, sondern auch fundierte musikalische Kenntnisse. Diese halfen ihm dabei, zum meistgefragtesten Studio-Schlagzeuger von Los Angeles zu werden.

Drummerworld bietet interessante Informationen zu seinem Schlagzeug-Stil und Video-Beispiele. Es gibt auch eine sehr gute Biografie mit dem Titel Backbeat: Earl Palmer’s Story, die 1999 erschien.

Great American Drummer Earl Palmer Has Died

His legacy is immense: he shaped American popular music with his drumming from the late nineteen-forties until the nineteen-eighties. Earl Palmer, born October 25, 1924, in New Orleans died on September 19th at his home in Banning California. He had to undergo a lung surgery about a year ago and was suffering since then.

Earl Palmer was a jazz drummer at heart, but his tasteful and incredibly diverse drumming felt at home in every style of music: rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, rock, soul, funk, film scores, cartoon music, or easy listening. He can be heard on dozens of historic songs and film soundtracks.

In then nineteen-fifties his drums made teenagers dance all over the world. He played on defining rock ‘n’ roll songs like I’m Walkin (Fats Domino) , Tutti Frutti, The Girl Can’t Help It, Long Tall Sally (Little Richard) , La Bamba ( Ritchie Valens) or Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran). He recorded for soul star Sam Cooke (Cupid, Twistin’ The Night Away), for Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, Mel Tormé, Lou Rawls, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Tim Buckley, Tom Waits, The Byrds, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Randy Newman, Barbara Streisand and many others.

And then there are the film soundtracks: He worked with great composers like Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, John Barry, Neal Hefti and Maurice Jarre. He supplied the rhythm to movies like Judgment At Nuremberg, Baby The Rain Must Fall, In The Heat Of The Night, Bullitt and he played on many television scores: 77 Sunset Strip, Peyton Place, The Partridge Family, M.A.S.H. and many others.

Earl Palmer was a tap dancer when he was a child and later picked up the drums. Soon he played with many local bands in New Orleans. After World War II he used the GI schooling for entering the Grunewald’s School of Music in New Orleans. He studied music theory, sight reading and arranging. So when he moved to Los Angeles in 1957, he not only brought with him the New Orleans “swamp beat”, but also a strong theoretical background that served him well in becoming the number one studio drummer of the Los Angeles music studios.

Drummerworld presents interesting information about his drumming including video samples. There’s also a very good biography called Backbeat: Earl Palmer’s Story that came out in 1999.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Biography About A Forgotten Gospel Star And Rock-And-Roll Forerunner

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

34 years after her death there’s finally a biography about Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It’s called Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915 – 1973) was a great Gospel and Rhythm and Blues singer and an innovative guitarist. Her guitar style influenced Chuck Berry and her animated style of singing was picked up by Little Richard. She started her career in Pentecostal churches, performed with Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra, played the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and the Grand Ole Opry. All the same, her name has been forgotten for many years.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was not only a Gospel star, a guitar virtuoso, and a forerunner of Rock and Roll. She also was a dazzling personality. As a successful black musician and business woman who loved men and women, she definitively was ahead of her time. And like so many Gospel singers she was caught between religious and worldly music. Singing worldly music meant making more money and more fame, but losing the church audiences and having a guilty conscience. In the first two decades of her career Sister Rosetta Tharpe oscillated between worldly and religious music. Then, in the late fifties and through the sixties, she concentrated on Gospel again.

Book Cover Sister Rosetta Tharpe BiographyGayle F. Wald wrote the biography. She’s an professor of English. Her academic background shines through, she relies on the facts and doesn’t get lost in speculations. She interviewed dozens of people who knew Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Wald doesn’t hide conflicting memories of the interviewees. She writes straight and unagitated. It’s a sober biography that gives plain information. Where the facts are concerned, the soberness is appropriate. Unfortunately the soberness also shows in the scarce number of pictures and the rudimentary discography.

CD Cover Sister Rosetta TharpeRecommended Sister Rosetta Tharpe CD: The Gospel of Blues gives a good overview of Rosetta Tharpe’s music from 1938 – 1948.

Interesting reading: Article about Sister Rosetta Tharpe on East Bay Express.