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Rock and Roll History

The Car That Started Rock and Roll

The first muscle car pushed rock and roll music into the mainstream

The Rocket 88 was the first muscle car that started rock and roll. Photo by author.

I was at a car show recently and saw an Oldsmobile Rocket 88. I immediately thought about the song “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston. Many people, me included, think this was the first rock and roll record.

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