A huge amount of writing has been done on this song and there's also very diverse opinions about it. Here is my take. First we need to acknowledge it's a great song. As of the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame added a category of single songs, "Rocket 88" was among the first group recognized. The first was "Best selling retail Rhythm and Blues Singles" and it entered for the week of May 19, it hit 1 on June 9 and stayed there for three weeks.
It spent a total of 17 weeks on the chart and was the 5th best record for chart performance that year. Compared to "Sixty Minute Man" by the Dominoes which on three occasions hit 1 for a total of 16 weeks and 30 in the top The other chart was called "Most played Juke Box Rhythm and Blues records" where the song spent five weeks at 1 and 18 weeks in the top 10, performance wise well behind as mentioned the Dominoes song as well as ones from Ruth Brown, Charles Brown and John Lee Hooker.
While I have not been the first to point out that great songs and chart performance do not always go hand in hand, it does show this to be a moderately popular and good selling song, certainly not classified as a smash hit. It was the first of just a few more non charting songs from Brenston. The song was actually recorded by Ike Turner's band 'Kings of Rhythm', Jackie Brenston being an occasional sax player with Turner had written this song and sang lead on it.
The great saxophone playing on the recording was by Ray Raymond who as it turns out did not have much success in the music business. The master recording was sent to Chess Records to manufacture and distribute. Phillips and the Chess brothers decided to give Brenston his own band on the record, hence the new made up name of 'Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats'. And it's true they were all from the Album) region. Ike Turner was justifiably upset as he had expected the release to be under the Kings of Rhythm.
Turner who held a bit of grudge over this still did record with both Brenston and Phillips a few more times, the Been Away Too Long - Various - Cuca RockNRoll Story Vol.
3 (CD being in about No doubt there's a lot of good things going on in the song about the hot new car 'The Rocket 88' made by Oldsmobile. Some great lyrics and an upbeat Jump Blues tempo on the standard 12 bar blues format song make it a lot of fun. Chris Robertson and the fellas from Black Stone Cherry beef this one up considerably with heavy lead licks and a slew of drop-tune power chords.
Yes, of course; I respect the original and what Elton John has done for music, blah blah blah. But I also must respect the fact that Chad Kroger and Ryan Peake absolutely blow the doors off the older versions, with a little help from Dimebag Darrell God rest his soul. With all due respect, Billy Corgan looks and sings like a sad baby. However, a little-known cover of the song does exist, from a band called Stutterfly.
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