[Ads-l] Antedating of "Rockabilly"

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 9 18:24:49 UTC 2020

Somewhat related:

1956 _Miami [FL] Herald_ 17 Apr 3D/1
"Spotted at the Turf Club at Gulfstream Park was Mae Axton, co-writer of the current million-platter hit song, "Heartbreak Hotel" introduced by that rock-billy (rock and roll hill billy) Elvis Presley."

1956 _Philadelphia Inquirer_  20 Apr 55/3
"WANTED 3-pc Band to play Rock & Roll Hillbilly songs for Friday & Sat, steady work."

1956 _Kenosha [WI] News_ 17 May 23/5
"Wherever he appears, screaming crowds of teen-age girls make his entrances and exits a test of strength, and the young rock-n-roll hillbilly, or "rock-billy," invariably ends up minus a jacket, shirt and tie."

From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:40 PM
Subject: Antedating of "Rockabilly"

rockabilly (OED 1956 Dec.)

1956 _Miami Herald_ 20 June 4-C in Elijah Wald _How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll_ (2009) 270

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