rock·​a·​bil·​ly | \ ˈrä-kə-ˌbi-lē How to pronounce rockabilly (audio) \

Definition of rockabilly

: popular music marked by features of rock and country music

Examples of rockabilly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gallery will host a concert featuring local rockabilly band Hoodoo BBQ, with food available to order from The Starry Fry food truck. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "14 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 15 Oct. 2020 At a commercially rich time for folk music, Mr. Lopez drew on the beauty of the genre’s tunes while souping them up with the sharp rockabilly beats employed by hitmakers like Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins. Jim Farber,, "Trini Lopez, singing star who mixed musical styles, dies at 83," 12 Aug. 2020 His record sales were never huge, but his live performances helped energize a resurgence of rockabilly music in the 1970s and ’80s. Washington Post, "Sleepy LaBeef, human jukebox of rockabilly music, dies at 84," 2 Jan. 2020 The trend, reminiscent of the rockabilly and western-wear fads of the 1980s and ‘90s, cuts across genres. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Bolo Ties: How Western Neckwear Staged a Comeback," 2 Mar. 2020 Sleepy LaBeef, who rose to prominence as a rockabilly artist worldwide and shared bills with the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, died Thursday at his home in Siloam Springs. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas-born LaBeef, rockabilly legend, dies," 28 Dec. 2019 Volbeat brought a rockabilly style to the metal scene and the night as their soaring choruses and catchy riffs were a good way to sit back and appreciate all that the genre really provides. Houston Chronicle, "Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow ends on high note in Houston," 10 Sep. 2019 But girls had always focussed on Micah, thanks to his good-looking rockabilly style, which went with his pompadour and his moves. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, "Wide Spot," 16 Sep. 2019 The label hired Men at Work producer Peter McIan to mine radio-ready pop hits out of the Unreal Gods’ mixture of rockabilly, ska and straightforward rock ’n’ roll., "Billy Rancher and the Unreal Gods, ‘kings of downtown Portland,’ streaked toward 1980s rock stardom -- until tragedy struck," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rockabilly

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rockabilly

rock entry 2 + -a- (as in rock-a-bye, phrase used to put a child to sleep) + hillbilly

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The first known use of rockabilly was in 1956

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21 Oct 2020

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“Rockabilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rockabilly

: a kind of popular music that combines rock and country music

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