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  • Alan's Rock & Roll FUN Trivia.  Trivia powered by ABE....that the term "rock and roll" now has at least two different meanings, both in common usage.  The American Heritage Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary both define rock and roll as synonymous with rock music. Encyclopedia Britannica, on the other hand, regards it as the music that originated in the mid-1950s and later developed "into the more encompassing international style known as rock music".

  • ...that the phrase "rocking and rolling" originally described the movement of a ship on the ocean, but was used by the early twentieth century, both to describe the spiritual fervor of black church rituals and as a sexual analogy.

  • ...that various gospel, blues and swing recordings used the phrase before it became used more frequently but still intermittently in the 1940s, on recordings and in reviews of what became known as "rhythm and blues" music aimed at a black audience.

  • ...that in 1942, Billboard magazine columnist Maurie Orodenker started to use the term "rock-and-roll" to describe upbeat recordings such as "Rock Me" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

  • ...that by 1943, the "Rock and Roll Inn" in South Merchantville, New Jersey, was established as a music venue.

  • ...that in 1951, Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing this music style while popularizing the phrase to describe it.

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