Good Rockin' Tonight (2:46)

Cover of Bloodshot Eyes - The Best Of Wynonie Harris

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Well, I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Well, I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
I'm gonna hold my baby as tight as I can
Tonight she'll know I'm a mighty, mighty man

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  • johnmcorcoran

    If memory serves me well, this might have been the first record to fade out at the end instead of concluding abruptly.

    24 May 8:56pm Reply
  • Bolters

    Originals are ALWAYS the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tideghost

    In 1949, a year after "Good Rockin' Tonight", Wynonie Harris had another #1 R&B hit with "All She Wants To Is Rock". "All She Wants..." has lyrics in it like "she wants to rock with the clock, but she don't know when to stop" and "all she wants to do is rock, rock and roll all night long".

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Still a fine track.

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • PureWhiteTrash

    This IS the shit!

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    I seem to remember growing up to a sanitised Pat Boone version of this. Boone had several hits where he covered Black hits of this era. To my English middle-class ears, they sounded great. .... but it was good to discover the originals.

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • hoofer1

    hoofer1 Great stuff

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • lowiz

    wanna dance

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • perzlito

    this is cool !

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • roquegypsy

    a true original

    21 Sep 2009 Reply
  • tideghost

    There was a book published in 1992 titled "What Was the First Rock 'N' Roll Record?" A list of the 50 records discussed in that book can be found at:

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Then there's Flying Home by Lionel Hampton's Band with the first honking sax solo by Illionois Jaquet - around 1942. Some people reckon that should also be included as an R&R track. That may be far-fetched, but that solo laid down the template for R&R sax players.

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • tideghost

    Also worth noting is (Big) Joe Turner. In the late 1930s he recorded the song "It's All Right Baby" live with boogie-woogie piano player Pete Johnson at the legendary "From Spirituals to Swing" concerts at Carnegie Hall. Shortly after that Turner and Johnson recorded "Roll 'Em Pete" in the studio. These are the earliest records that--to me anyway--sound like rock 'n roll. In 1944, (Big) Joe Turner recorded "Rebecca" and in 1946 recorded "My Gal's A Jockey. Turner had an R&B hit in 1954 with "Shake, Rattle and Roll" which was then covered by both Bill Haley and Elvis Presley.

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • tafflad

    some would argue that robert johnsons song structures and length were the earliest seeds for r&r,but even he was heavily influenced.lets face it nobody can answer the big question,just enjoy what your listening to,its all rock and roll to me.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    I've been checking my Rolling Stone History of rock and Roll. There really wasn't much earlier than this. There was a Joe Liggins song in 1946 which Billboard referred to as "rock and roll rhythmic music". There was someone like Louis Jordan whose Jump Music was as close to R&R as dammit. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup was around in 1947 with "That's all right", which I suppose was the "That's all right Mama" which Elvis copied to have his first R&R hit. T-Bone Walker was also around with "Blue Monday" (1948). So, Harris was in at the birth of R&R, even if he technically wasn't quite the first. (But do remember that there is an Ella Fitzgerald song - the title of which I've forgotten - in the late 1930s which specifically mentions "rock and roll", even if the song doesn't come close to R&R).

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    This rolls along very nicely. Re that question of the first R&R record. I'd assumed that would be Rocket 88, but has that down as 1951. I'll have to go back to my history books.

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • tideghost

    Wynonie Harris' "Good Rockin' Tonight" (1948) started a fad of records about "rocking" in R&B in the late 40's....

    17 Jul 2009 Reply

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