Antedating of "Rock and Roll"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 17 03:28:19 UTC 2005

rock and roll (OED 1954 Dec.)

1954 _Chicago Defender_ 17 July 18 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Rounding out the bill are the nation's top vocal groups, The Drifter, The
Counts and The Spaniels.  And, of course, the two top delineators of the
rock and roll school, La Vern Baker and Faye Adams.

Fred Shapiro

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