August 19, 2012 12:00 AM

Birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some people say was the first rock ‘n’ roll record.

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