Is this the first rock ‘n’ roll song?
That was 1947. Some say it was this Fats Domino tune from 1950.
I always thought this Joe Turner tune was the one, but obviously this was a process.
The unifying thing here, however, is that all three tunes were recorded in Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans, with Matassa engineering.
Jerry Lee Lewis cut his first demos in that studio. Frankie Ford’s iconic New Orleans tune Sea Cruise was recorded there. Little Richard’s hits? Matassa recorded them.
You can read all about his rockin’ life in this New York Times obituary.