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20 Essential Rock and Roll Pioneers

Purple Clover Logo By Champ Clark of Purple Clover | Slide 1 of 21: Back in the '50s, what began as an amalgam of genres ranging from gospel and jazz to rhythm and blues took on a life of its own, and the explosive result was rock and roll. Here, to mark Buddy Holly's birthday, are 20 musical pioneers who made it happen.

The Early Years

Back in the '50s, what began as an amalgam of genres ranging from gospel and jazz to rhythm and blues took on a life of its own, and the explosive result was rock and roll. Here, to mark Buddy Holly's birthday, are 20 musical pioneers who made it happen.

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