March 3: Olds' Rocket 88 stars in the first rock & roll song on this date in 1951

Music historians still argue the point about whether "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats — really Ike Turner's band — should be credited with recording the first rock and roll song on this date in 1951. The beat's not quite right, but the piano and buzzing guitar, made from a half-busted amplifier stuffed with newspapers, sounds auspicious. It was no accident that Oldsmobile found itself in that song; the Rocket 88 was a mold-breaker in its own right, offering a powerful motor in a smaller car and anticipating the muscle car formula by a decade. Cars, and music, haven't been the same since.