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Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of [rock and roll] music, and emerged in the early 1950s.

The term rockabilly is a [portmanteau] of rock (from rock 'n' roll ) and [hillbilly] , the latter a reference to the [country music] (often called hillbilly music in the 1940s and 1950s) that contributed strongly to the style's development. Other important influences on rockabilly include [western swing] , [boogie woogie] , and [rhythm and blues] . While there are notable exceptions, its origins lie primarily in the [Southern United States] .

The influence and popularity of the style waned in the 1960s, but during the late 1970s and early 1980s, rockabilly enjoyed a major revival of popularity that has endured to the present, often within a rockabilly [subculture] .

There was a close relationship between the blues and country music from the very earliest country recordings in the 1920s. The first nationwide "country" hit was " [Wreck of the Old '97] ", backed with "Lonesome Road Blues", which also became very popular. [Jimmie Rodgers] , the "first true country star", was known as the “Blue Yodeler,” and most of his songs used blues-based [chord progression] s, although with very different instrumentation and sound than the recordings of his black contemporaries like [Blind Lemon Jefferson] and [Bessie Smith] . Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music by Greil Marcus 1982 E.P. Dutton p.291

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