History of Rock n Roll – Part 5

The History of Rockabilly and Rock and Roll

Series Continued By Chris Murphy

We are on a wild and fun historical roll and the people of Modesto USA are getting hip to the fact that not only are we the home of American Graffiti, we are one of the birthplaces of Rock n’ Roll. I know, I keep pinching myself too. It is so very exciting to make presentations to local groups and see the reaction when they learn our history that has been right there below the surface all these years. Last month, we did a great presentation to the Modesto Rotary Club and featured the music of Tony T and Rockin’ Rick. So many people in town have a story about the early Maddox Brothers and Rose days.

It is so very exciting as the legendary 91 year old K.C. “Don Juan” Maddox is alive and well and still making music. Don will be here in Modesto receiving the Lifetime Achievement MAMA Award on October 23. Not only will he be receiving the award, he will be leading an epic jam with our amazing local rockabilly musicians. This will be a historic event.

We have started a new site dedicated to the Modesto Music history and you are invited to contribute and help tell our story. We are looking for old pictures, posters, ads and anything related to the early days of Modesto Rockabilly from 1937-1955

Please check out www.modestomusichistory.com



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.