The Roots of Rock & Roll
The origins of rock & roll, as told through pioneers in gospel, blues, R&B and country/folk/bluegrass.
Lower Level-Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall
This exhibit is divided into individual cases, each devoted to one of rock and roll’s roots: Gospel, Blues, Country/Folk/Bluegrass and R&B. Each section includes a variety of artifacts and brief bios of the key artists.
Rhythm and Blues
This exhibit highlights the influence and contributions of early R&B artists in the history of rock. Featured artists include Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Willie John, Johnny Otis, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and Ray Charles, as well as such R&B vocal groups as the Platters and the Coasters.