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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 .... re-recording mixer
Kent Gibson .... sound designer
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Series Gets Off To An interesting Start, 3 March 2009
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

In the opening segment of this first-of- 10 episode set, a bunch of recording artists describe rock 'n roll.

I like best what guitarist Rick Osasek of "The Cars" said: "Juvenile delinquents played rock 'n roll in the '50s and wore leather jackets; in the '60s hippies played it; in the '70s there was juvenile delinquents but that was an old word so they called it 'punk;' then they cleaned it up with New Wave and they put on a tie ......but it's all about music and songs, ya know? Whatever songs are popular at the time."

For the remainder of the hour, we see and hear presentations by a number of singers, some extremely famous like Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones ('64 - wow does Mick Jagger look young!), Jimi Hendrix and more.

Personally, the ones I enjoyed the most were Elvis Presley singing "Money Honey;" Muddy Waters doing "Got My Mojo Working;" Buddy Holly on "That'll Be The Day;" Little Richard doing a gospel number and later "Ready Teddy;" Ruth Brown's "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean;" Louis Jordan's "Caledonia;" Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll;" Ray Charles on "I Got A Woman;" Chuck Berry's "Mabelline;' Pat Boone doing "Tutti Fruitti," and Billy Haley and The Comets, "Rock Around The Clock."

I thought I knew R&R history but had forgotten that Jordan was the real "father of rock 'n roll" in the 1940s. I was surprised to hear Jagger say he and Kieth Richards liked country music as much as blues. Speaking of the British, it was a bit shocking to see how Bill Haley was so big in England, provoking riots and everything!

The longest and nicest tribute in here was for Ray Charles, who could sing anything and make it sound special.

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