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• ROOTS OF ROCK IN MODESTO VIDEO  • THE VENUES   • MADDOX STORY

"Researched and developed  by Chris Murphy, ModestoView and Sierra Pacific"

Proclamation!
Modesto, California, USA is a birthplace of Rock and Roll music and we celebrate our Rockabilly and Hillbilly Boogie music history that began in 1937 with the “slappin’ bass” sound of Fred Maddox and his stand up string bass, “playing the first notes of rock and roll”.

Whereas:
Rockabilly Music is one of the key foundations of Rock and Roll music, when it began to merge with rhythm and blues in the late 40's and early 50's.

Whereas:
The percussive sound of the slapping of a stand up string bass became the backbeat of rockabilly that then became rock and roll.

Whereas:
The Maddox Family, originally a dust bowl family from Boaz Alabama relocated to and settled in Modesto in the mid 1930's by way of Los Angeles and Oakland Pipe City, with thousands of other workers during this era, using old trucks and the railroad.

Whereas:
Fred Maddox, after hearing the hillbilly band sound of the Arkansas Hillbillies, decided to enter the music business, quitting the tiresome and low paying field fruit work.

Whereas:
The Slap Bass technique was created in 1937 by Fred Maddox of the legendary Maddox Brothers and Rose in Modesto Ca, USA.

Whereas:
The boogie beat created by Fred and Clay Maddox with then 11 year old Rose Maddox became known as Hillbilly Boogie, later named Rockabilly after World War 2.

Whereas:
KTRB Radio AM 860 broadcast a morning show beginning in 1937, sponsored by Modesto’s Rice Furniture of S. 9th St. powered by a transmitter built by Cecil Lynch and became the first radio broadcast of the early rock sound of the Maddox brothers and Rose under the name of “Alabama Outlaws”.

Whereas:
The Maddox Brothers and Rose played up and down the central valley, with regular hometown appearances at the Uptown Ballroom and the Riverbank Club House.

Whereas:
After World War II, the Maddox Brothers and Rose, achieved national recording and performing fame and inspired a national wave of Rockabilly and were known as “American’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band”.

Whereas:
The first song recognized as “the big bang of rock and roll” was “That’s All Right (Mama) by Elvis Presley in 1954 (an uptempo of the original Arthur Big Boy Crudup 1946), featured bassist Bill Black, who credited his bass playing inspiration to Fred Maddox of Modesto CA.

Wheras:
The rest is rock and roll history.

RESOURCE LINKS: Researched by Chris Murphy – 2013
Sources and confirmation are all available

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