The inaugural Southern Song of the Month

For the inaugural Southern Song of the Month, where better to start than in Mississippi, with “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (aka Ike Turner’s band, The Kings of Rhythm.) The song is regarded by many critics and pop music history types as the first rock n’ roll song ever, but you know, there’s always disagreements and arguments about that stuff. Sam Phillips recorded this song in Memphis, and it was put out by Chess Records. “Rocket 88” hit number one in the summer of 1951.


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