MUSC2150 Lecture 3: Lec. 3 Birth of Rock and Roll

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Lecture3 Jan.20th
2015
Whitecovers
● whenablackR&Bsongbecamepopulartherewouldbeawhitecovermadethat
becameevenmorepopular.Thiswhitecoverwoulddisadvantagetheoriginalartists.
(Copyrightlawswerenotasstrictbyanymeans)
● Thewhiteversionwouldbeonadifferentchart,andwouldbemademoreTinPan
Alley(TPA).
● Intheblackbluesversionsofthesongs,thelowvocalsthatareusuallyassociated
withblueswaswhatmadethesubjectofthesong(sex)ajoke,andmadeitironicor
funny.TheTPAdidn’treallygetthissointhewhitecoversthelyricswouldbechanged
sotheywere“cleanedup”(sometimesnotevenmakingsense)andthelowvocals
wouldbetakenout.
● BigJoeTurnerShakeRattleandRoll
● instrumentsheard:bass,drums,piano.Thesemadeuptherhythmsection,
sometimesthekeyboardreplacedtheguitar,butthisistheplatformthat
essentiallyleadtoR&R.
● DefinitelynotaTPAsong,herunssomeofhiswordstogether,andhasa
roughvocaltimbre.
● Songisalsoaboutsex“I’maoneeyedcatpeepin’inaseafoodstore”,whichis
moreevidenceisitnotTPA
○ hecallsthegirlaslutinthesong,sayinghecanseethroughherdress
becausesheisnotwearingaslipwhichisherbeingimmodest
● Songishimmakingfunofhimselfbecausehe’swhipped
● Whitecover:changedthelyricssoitdoesn’tmeansex,itmeansshe’scold
anddoesn'tlovehimanymore.Ifyoureadthelyricsthesongreallydoesn't
makeawholelotofsense
● ToConsider:Didwhitecoversofblacksongshaveanyadvantagesforblackartists?
(Discussedingroups)
○ 
Pros
Cons
Helpedtheprideoftheoriginal
artist,itwasagoodenoughsongto
beusedforawhitecover,madethe
songpopular.
Probablyinfluencedtheyounger
generationthateventuallybecame
thegenerationofR&R
Blackartistshadauthenticity,
sometimesthesongwriterswere
credited.
Theblackartistwasforgottenonce
thewhitecoverwasreleased,not
helpfulwithoutthecopyrightlaws.
Blackartistsmayhavebeengiven
recognitionbutultimatelyithelped
thewhiteartistbecausetheywere
theonesmakingmoneyoffofit
Demographywasnotinfavourifthe
blackartists
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