Rocket 88

“Rocket 88,” recorded in 1951 by “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats”, but actually Mr. Brenston was a saxophonist in Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm, and that’s the band that really taped the tune at Sun Studios in Memphis. “Rocket 88” is often called the first rock ’n’ roll record. The tune was derived from Jimmy Liggins’ 1947 “Cadillac Boogie” and Pete Johnson‘s 1948 “Rocket 88 Boogie.” People sure liked that Oldsmobile Rocket 88.

Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (aka Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm): Jackie Brenston (vocal, baritone sax), Ike Turner (piano), Raymond Hill  (tenor sax), Willie Kizart (guitar), Jesse Knight (bass) and Willie Sims (drums).

“You may have heard of jalopies
You heard the noise they make
Let me introduce you to my Rocket 88
Yes It’s great, just won’t wait
Everybody likes my Rocket 88
Gals will ride in style
Movin’ all along
V-8 motor and this modern design
My convertible top and the gals don’t mind
Sportin’ with me, ridin’ all around town for joy
Blow your horn, Rocket, blow your horn!”


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