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"The History of Rock 'n' Roll" Rock 'n' Roll Explodes (1995)

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Original Air Date:
6 March 1995 (Season 1, Episode 1)
This volume of the series explores the roots of Rock 'n' Roll as a musical genre. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Gary Busey ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chuck Berry ... Himself (also archive footage)

Pat Boone ... Himself (also archive footage)
Ruth Brown ... Herself (also archive footage)

Ray Charles ... Himself (also archive footage)

Bo Diddley ... Himself (archive footage)

Fats Domino ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Haley ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Buddy Holly ... Himself (archive footage)

Louis Jordan ... Himself (archive footage)

Little Richard ... Himself (also archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself (The Doors)
Carl Perkins ... Himself (also archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Big Joe Turner ... Himself (archive footage)

Tina Turner ... Herself (also archive footage)
Muddy Waters ... Himself (archive footage)
Hank Williams ... Himself (archive footage)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andrew Solt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Solt 

Produced by
Ted Haimes .... supervising producer
Quincy Jones .... executive producer
Robert B. Meyrowitz .... executive producer (as Bob Meyrowitz)
Jeffrey Peisch .... series producer
Andrew Solt .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode 
Film Editing by
Tim Tobin 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... sound mixer
Kent Gibson .... sound designer
Kent Gibson .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Russell Frazier .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
David Park .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Michael Rivers .... assistant editor
Ray Wolf .... on-line editor
Other crew
David Auerbach .... production executive
David Naylor .... researcher
Mary Sherwood .... talent coordinator

Series Crew
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Produced by
Jeffrey Peisch .... series producer
Production CompaniesDistributors

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60 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Episode 1: Rock 'n' Roll Explodes, 21 October 2005
Author: ebiros2 from United States

Interestingly, in 1995, two 10 hour mini series about the history of Rock & Roll aired on television. One was this (produced by Time-Warner), and the other was PBS' "Rock & Roll". It is important to know that this is not the documentary that was aired on PBS. This is a lighter take on the history of rock & roll, focusing more on the entertainment aspect as opposed to the more "documentary" orientation of the series that aired on PBS.

This is the first of 10 part series on history of Rock n Roll. Each of the parts are arranged in chronological order and this episode deals with the very beginning of Rock n Roll from early '50s to mid '50s. All time early Rock n Roll greats like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Louis appears to show the formative years of Rock n Roll.

Rock music in the beginning was not widely accepted due to all of its players being of black ethnicity. Sam Phillips of Sun Records were recording black rock n roll musicians but couldn't break the barrier, until Elvis Presley walked in the door. Sam Phillips immediately knew that this was his ticket, and attached a band to Elvis to promote him as his star.

The first episode is based on these developments, as rock music gradually finds its way into mainstream America.

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