The Birth Of British Rock 'n' Roll

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0120061031

On 26 October 1956 Tommy Steele's Rock With the Caveman entered the UK chart, proving to be Britain's first home-grown rock 'n' roll hit. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this single, this documentary series tells the story of how UK musicians tried to emulate the excitement of American rock 'n' roll in the era before the arrival of the Beatles in 1962.

Early successes include Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle and Dickie Pride, playing either original songs or covers of American tracks. The role of radio and TV in the evolution of the developing British scene is also examined, including the BBC's The Light Programme, which played watered down covers of American hits.

Contributors include John Barry, Joe Brown, Adam Faith (archive), Billy Fury (Archive), Lonnie Donegan (archive), Jack Good, Chas McDevitt, Larry Parnes (archive), Cliff Richard, the Shadows (Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch), Tommy Steele, Bert Weedon and Marty Wilde.

0120061031

On 26 October 1956 Tommy Steele's Rock With the Caveman entered the UK chart, proving to be Britain's first home-grown rock 'n' roll hit. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this single, this documentary series tells the story of how UK musicians tried to emulate the excitement of American rock 'n' roll in the era before the arrival of the Beatles in 1962.

Early successes include Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle and Dickie Pride, playing either original songs or covers of American tracks. The role of radio and TV in the evolution of the developing British scene is also examined, including the BBC's The Light Programme, which played watered down covers of American hits.

Contributors include John Barry, Joe Brown, Adam Faith (archive), Billy Fury (Archive), Lonnie Donegan (archive), Jack Good, Chas McDevitt, Larry Parnes (archive), Cliff Richard, the Shadows (Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch), Tommy Steele, Bert Weedon and Marty Wilde.

02Young Ones And Showbiz:20061107

On 26 October 1956 Tommy Steele's Rock With the Caveman entered the UK chart, proving to be Britain's first home-grown rock 'n' roll hit. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this single, this documentary series tells the story of how UK musicians tried to emulate the excitement of American rock 'n' roll in the era before the arrival of the Beatles in 1962.

Early successes include Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle and Dickie Pride, playing either original songs or covers of American tracks. The role of radio and TV in the evolution of the developing British scene is also examined, including the BBC's The Light Programme, which played watered down covers of American hits.

Contributors include John Barry, Joe Brown, Adam Faith (archive), Billy Fury (Archive), Lonnie Donegan (archive), Jack Good, Chas McDevitt, Larry Parnes (archive), Cliff Richard, the Shadows (Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch), Tommy Steele, Bert Weedon and Marty Wilde.

02Young Ones And Showbiz:20061107

On 26 October 1956 Tommy Steele's Rock With the Caveman entered the UK chart, proving to be Britain's first home-grown rock 'n' roll hit. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this single, this documentary series tells the story of how UK musicians tried to emulate the excitement of American rock 'n' roll in the era before the arrival of the Beatles in 1962.

Early successes include Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle and Dickie Pride, playing either original songs or covers of American tracks. The role of radio and TV in the evolution of the developing British scene is also examined, including the BBC's The Light Programme, which played watered down covers of American hits.

Contributors include John Barry, Joe Brown, Adam Faith (archive), Billy Fury (Archive), Lonnie Donegan (archive), Jack Good, Chas McDevitt, Larry Parnes (archive), Cliff Richard, the Shadows (Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch), Tommy Steele, Bert Weedon and Marty Wilde.