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Rocket 88

Jackie Brenston & Delta Cats
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Rocket 88” (originally written as Rocket “88”) is a rhythm and blues song that was first recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, on 3 March or 5 March 1951 (accounts differ). The recording was credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, who were actually Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm. The record reached no.1 on the Billboard R&B chart. Many experts acknowledge its importance in the development of rock and roll music, as the first rock and roll record. It was the second-biggest rhythm and blues single of 1951, reaching first place on 9 June 1951 and staying there for five weeks. Ike Turner’s piano intro to the song was later used nearly note-for-note by Little Richard in “Good Golly Miss Molly”.