Rock 'n' roll groups and solo artists emerged from different backgrounds each bringing their own style and unique flair to the genre. Bill Haley Bill Haley and his Comets was a country-music band and used aspects of jump-blues style. Chuck Berry did something similar because of his experiences in the Midwest. With each new artist a new sound was added to rock 'n' roll and the genre started becoming more diverse.

New Orleans had a distinct sound and produced artists like Little Richard. Little Richard's music was a bridge from the somewhat predictable 1950s rhythms of Dave Bartholomew, Smiley Lewis, Bobby Mitchell, Tommy Ridgley, early Fats Domino rhythm and blues, to the sounds of the 1960s rock 'n' roll in New Orleans. Little RichardThe "Tutti Frutti" record was a milestone that broke racial barriers in New Orleans. It cannot be emphasized enough as to just how important Little Richard's hit records were to the development of the New Orleans sound to follow in the 1960s. Memphis had its own sound too and was created by Sam Phillips. He first recorded Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records. Presley was considered the first pop icon of the rock 'n' roll movement. He was able to win audiences over with his cute looks and swinging hips.

Buddy Holly Other artists of the time the made huge strides were Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins. Each artist had their own sound and reason for rocking. They were all able to share a sound that would unify the people they made music for which allowed for constant interaction between people of different races and socio-economic statuses.