Rocket 88, the first rock song inspired by a car

Created by Ike Turner and performed by Jackie Brenston in 1951, the song describes the fastest car of the time: the Oldsmobile 88.

If you've ever wondered what was the first rock song that featured a car, maybe here is the answer: Rocket 88, created by Ike Turner and interpreted by Jackie Brenston.

En 1951, while driving to Memphis for a recording session, Ike Turner and his group of musicians wrote a song about the fastest car of that time: the Oldsmobile 88.

Rocket 88, the first rock song inspired by a carIt was known as the Rocket 88 for being equipped with the most powerful booster of the time: a V8 of 4.965cc and 135 horses.

The song performed by Brenston was also noted for the particular sound of the guitar that was achieved in a casual way. To correct that his amplifier had a broken speaker, the cone was filled with packing paper creating an atypical cadence for that moment and that was later used by several musicians, from Chuck Berry until the Rolling Stones.

Rocket 88 was at No. 1 on the Rhythm & Blues charts and gave Brenston a brief moment of stardom. And of course it was also an excellent advertisement for the Oldsmobile 88.


Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, y and on the radios Rock pop y He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog:

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