Crank up the rock and roll! Rock and roll is a blues-based, guitar-heavy music genre best listened to loud. According to vintage rocker Neil Young, rock and roll will never die. Most people just call it rock.
The term rock and roll was born in the USA in the 1950’s to describe a genre of blues music mixed with a little country western and held together with a foot stomping beat. Early rock and roll stars included Elvis Presley and Little Richard. A trio called the Boswell Sisters had a hit single called “Rock and Roll” way back in 1934, but they were singing about boats. The term rock and roll comes from African American vernacular speech.