Louis Jordan in New York City, c. undefined July 1946
Sign commemorating the role of Alan Freed and Cleveland, Ohio, in the origins of rock and roll
Jordan in New York, July 1946
The habanera rhythm shown as tresillo (lower notes) with the backbeat (upper note)
Chuck Berry in 1957
Louis Jordan's Tympany Five
Fats Domino in 1956
Bill Haley and his Comets performing in the 1954 Universal International film Round Up of Rhythm
Lionel Hampton
Piano excerpt from the rumba boogie "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" (1949) by Professor Longhair. 2–3 claves are written above for rhythmic reference.
Elvis Presley in a promotion shot for Jailhouse Rock in 1957
3–2 clave written in two measures in cut-time
Little Richard in 1957
Tresillo answered by the backbeat, the essence of clave in African American music
Buddy Holly and his band, the Crickets.
Bo Diddley's "Bo Diddley beat" is a clave-based motif.
Tommy Steele, one of the first British rock and rollers, performing in Stockholm in 1957
Ray Charles in 1971
"There's No Romance in Rock and Roll" made the cover of True Life Romance in 1956
Ruth Brown was known as the "Queen of R&B"
Della Reese
Sam Cooke
Eric Burdon & the Animals (1964)

Roy James Brown (September 10, 1920 or 1925 – May 25, 1981) was an American blues singer who had a significant influence on the early development of rock and roll and the direction of R&B.

- Roy Brown (blues musician)

It originated from African-American music such as jazz, rhythm and blues, boogie woogie, gospel, as well as country music.

- Rock and roll

It was popular in the 1940s and was a precursor of rhythm and blues and rock and roll.

- Jump blues

Starting in the mid-1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music.

- Rhythm and blues

He has used the term "R&B" as a synonym for jump blues.

- Rhythm and blues

Jump was especially popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s, through artists such as Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Roy Brown, Charles Brown, Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Roy Milton, Billy Wright, Wynonie Harris, Louis Prima, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

- Jump blues

He recorded the song in a jump blues style with a swing beat.

- Roy Brown (blues musician)

Jordan's music, along with that of Big Joe Turner, Roy Brown, Billy Wright, and Wynonie Harris, is now also referred to as jump blues.

- Rhythm and blues

In the same period, particularly on the West Coast and in the Midwest, the development of jump blues, with its guitar riffs, prominent beats and shouted lyrics, prefigured many later developments.

- Rock and roll

One of the first relevant successful covers was Wynonie Harris's transformation of Roy Brown's 1947 original jump blues hit "Good Rocking Tonight" into a more showy rocker and the Louis Prima rocker "Oh Babe" in 1950, as well as Amos Milburn's cover of what may have been the first white rock and roll record, Hardrock Gunter's "Birmingham Bounce" in 1949.

- Rock and roll
Louis Jordan in New York City, c. undefined July 1946

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