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“Waitin’ In School” by Ricky Nelson

 

In 1958, “Waitin’ In School” sang by popular Rock and Roll singer, Ricky Nelson, was #18 on the top Billboard Hot 100. This track is considered one of Nelson’s great contributions to the Rockabilly genre and would go on to be one of his most famous. Rockabilly was the start of what we know today to be Rock and Roll, dating back to the early 1950’s. It combined western sounds mainly from the south, with the fast-paced harmonies of rhythm and blues. Because of it’s percussive rhythm, the genre rarely needed drums. It was played with electric guitar and an acoustic stand up bass, whose strings seemed to keep the beat rolling. Other Artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley also added their contributions after the genre’s success.  

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