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In 1951, Ike Turner (yes, that Ike Turner) released a single titled “Rocket ’88′” under the name “Jackie BrenstonĀ and hisĀ Delta Cats.” (Jackie was the band’s saxophone player.) The song, an ode to the popular Oldsmobile sedan that had been introduced just the year before was two minutes and 48 seconds of infectious, piano-driven blues. It eventually shot to Number One on the Billboard R & B Chart. “Rocket ’88’ is widely regarded as the first “official/unofficial” rock and roll song… kicking off a genre that only gained momentum and cannot be stopped.

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