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The Ner Tamid Lectures #10 – The Jewish Roots of Rock and Roll

In 1955 a young musician named Chuck Berry got the opportunity to audition before Leonard Chess, one of the owners of Chess Records. He played a unique version of a country Western song and Chess agreed to produce it. He had one condition, that the name of the song be changed to something catchy. Chess famously said “Call it Maybelline” and rock and roll was born. Much of the music of the following decades would be composed by Jewish artists working in the famous Brill Building and would be played by ground-breaking Disc Jockeys including Alan Freed.

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