Saturday, June 13, 2009

ROCK Sex: "TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN" - Tiny Bradshaw > Johnny Burnette Trio > The Yardbirds > Aerosmith



I'm going to throw in a new feature to the Blog today: ROCK Sex, about how everything intersects together in great and surprising ways.

Culture isn't a fixed tradition owned by a few. It's actually an intersection of ideas from everyone that is constantly fluid and opening up more possibilities. Someone tries something, someone else is inspired to add something, some third party adds both together into something else.

This relay race is actually how true creativity runs and always will.

Here's an example...

Rhythm'n'Blues band leader Tiny Bradshaw first did "The Train Kept A-Rollin" as a jump jive number in 1951:

TINY BRADSHAW -"The Train Kept A-Rollin'" (1951)



The Johnny Burnette Trio, fueled by the busted amp of guitarist Paul Burlison, redefined it entirely as a Rockabilly blaster in 1956...

THE JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO -"The Train Kept A-Rollin'" (1956)



With the benefit of the British Invasion's popularity, The Yardbirds (featuring Jeff Beck on guitar) crystallized it into the Garage Rock anthem covered by everyone else...

THE YARDBIRDS -'The Train Kept A-Rollin'" (1966)


They then retooled as it as "Stroll On" performing in Antonioni's classic film BLOW UP (1966), with Jimmy Page and Jeff Page duelling on guitars.




From there it "trucked on down that old fairlane" as a standard, covered by everyone from Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Motorhead, Guns'n'Roses, and Metallica, to the "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" video games.



© Tym Stevens



See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist


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