|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||soul blues singer-songwriter rhythm and blues rock and roll dixieland virally yours under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
16 February 1932, Brooklyn, New York, USA, d. 6 May 2002, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The author of Great Balls Of Fire, Fever, Dont Be Cruel and All Shook Up, Blackwell was one of the greatest songwriters of the rock n roll era. He learned piano as a child and grew up listening to both R&B and country music. Victory in a talent contest at Harlems Apollo Theatre led to a recording contract with Joe Davis Jay-Dee label. His first release was his own composition Daddy Rollin Stone, which became a favourite in Jamaica where it was recorded by Derek Martin. The song later became part of the Whos Mod repertoire. During the mid-50s, Blackwell also recorded in a rock n roll vein for RCA Records and Groove before turning to writing songs for other artists. His first successes came in 1956 when Little Willie Johns R&B hit with the sultry...