[Dixielandjazz] Music slang "rock"

Harry Callaghan meetmrcallaghan at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 13:30:00 PDT 2010

In "Muddy Water", the first solo vocal by Bing Crosby with the Paul Whiteman
orchestra (June 1927) which refers to the Delta, there is the phrase
"rockin' to those low down blues"

I have often wondered about its meaning but it could very well just mean
someone in a rockin' chair.and not be a forerunner to Bill Haley's Comets.

What time is it now in Sydney?


On 6/24/10, Ken Gates <kwg28 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> While looking into research about "Milenburg Joys",  I noticed that
> the lyrics start with "Rock My Soul".
> These lyrics were written in 1923 or so.  In those days what did the
> verb "rock" mean?  Slang dictionaries on line didn't give an answer.
> What other lyrics to jazz songs of the 20s use the term?  Anybody
> know something about this?  Is it an antecedent for the current use
> of the word to define a musical genre?
> Ken Gates
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