The songs chosen for Rock 'N' Roll are all about John Lennon’s musical roots, dating from his pre-Beatles days
On 3 January 1950, Sam Phillips opened Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee — later to be known to the world as Sun Studio.
Fury's legions of fans included future punk guru Malcolm McLaren, who improbably exercised that admiration as he oversaw the Pistols' early rehearsals.
'See You Later, Alligator,' written by Robert Guidry, seized on a catchphrase of the era and became a rock 'n' roll favourite.
On 30 December 1957, Ricky rounded off a spectacular year with yet another chart entry and another of his most famous songs, 'Stood Up.'
Shannon's distinctive singing style, and especially his winning use of falsetto, would serve him well throughout a superior career.
One of the happy moments in Ritchie's all-too-brief career came on 29 December 1958, when he entered the Billboard Hot 100 with the classic 'La Bamba.'
'From Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie' took its snappy title from the versions of those songs that bookended the great singer's 1964 album.
The London-born frontman with the Pirates was about much more than just the classic 'Shakin' All Over.'
On 14 December 1956, Richard's name finally made its first, and initially fleeting, appearance on the UK singles chart.
The Crickets' version of 'Oh, Boy!' was one half of a definitive single of the era, backed by 'Not Fade Away.'
'I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)' became Richard's last top 20 R&B hit and featured a future superstar guitarist.
Another of Chuck Berry's set texts of rock 'n' roll was making its presence felt on 18 November 1957.
The pinnacle of Louis Prima’s career, his 1956 album, The Wildest!, blended jazz chops with danceable grooves, and became an influence on Elvis Presley.
As a 19-year-old in 1957, Toussaint was asked to sound like the star he had grown up listening to.
Fuller and his group's version of 'I Fought The Law' is a classic rock 'n' roll record, but always risks being upstaged by the macabre circumstances of his death.