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Rosco Gordon

Rosco Gordon not only placed many a hit on the rhythm & blues charts in the 1950s, he is also remembered as one of rock and roll's founding fathers and a key figure in the formation of Jamaican ska. Hailed for his unique sense of timing and off-beat shuffle on the 88s, something Sam Phillips( Sun Studios) called “Rosco's Rhythm,” the gifted R&B veteran is now considered a seminal early rock piano player alongside Ike Turner and few others, Rosco Gordon was an influential performer-composer, whose contributions to contemporary music will forever endure.

A native of Memphis, born April 10, 1928, Rosco Gordon skyrocketed to fame in the early fifties with a string of hits for the Chess, RPM and Duke labels, including originals like Booted” and “No More Doggin'.” Many of his early recordings were made at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service, alongside friends and fellow musicians Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King and Little Milton.

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B.B. King B.B. King
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Ike Turner Ike Turner
Big Joe Turner Big Joe Turner
Albert Collins Albert Collins
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Percy Mayfield Percy Mayfield
Little Milton Little Milton
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Irma Thomas Irma Thomas
Pee Wee Crayton Pee Wee Crayton
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