Rock History

Is “Rocket 88″ the first rock and roll song?

Is "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brentson and his Delta Cats the very first rock and roll song? After all, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart named their boogie woogie combo Rocket 88 after this exact song because they felt that it was in fact the first rock and roll song ever released. I have heard the argument before and they are quite convincing if you are into that kind of debate. Author Alex Martels makes his case in The Most Influential Song You Have Never Heard and at the very least it will want to make you track down a copy. I vote yes.