Post by Bill B
What I call Rock & Roll includes R&B, but it also includes basic Rock such as Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis etc. Doo-Wop is just another name for vocal group harmony. It appears Diane has not included white Rock & Roll in her likes.
I don't consider Blues to be R&B or Rock & Roll, but it's own genre. But I'm surprised to see Diane list it above vocal group harmony.
In the 1940s and 50s many blues records (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf,
etc.) made the R&B charts and thus were included under R&B. Obviously
the music that is classified as R&B today does not include blues at all.
I've loved blues since around the age of 15 (1963) when I first started
to hear it from friends of mine who owned blues albums. It never got
played on the radio in NYC. If you see my votes in these contests, I
often--though not always--put blues records above group harmony records.
As for "white Rock & Roll," no, I don't think most of it has held up
very well. JLL and Carl Perkins are notable exceptions. I've never
been an Elvis fan, and really, not that much of his recorded work is
actual Rock & Roll. A few weeks ago Bruce was playing his 1958 playlist
when I was there, and there was so much rockabilly on it that I asked
him to switch to another playlist. I like some of it, but *as a genre* no.