Every once in a while one comes across, or in the case of music, hears, an amusing old song from long ago, one not thought about
in ages, but which now brings back fun memories.
And sometimes it's a song which actually has a fun fact about
Such is the case with the Youtube version of the early rock-and-roll song "60 Minute Man," from 1951, linked below.
It was one of the first, some say the actual first, R&B release to use the term "rock-and-roll" in its lyrics.
It's generally accepted that disc jockey Alan Freed was the first to invent and use that term to describe this new form of music.
But a number of websites now say that the term "rock-and-roll" had been used as African-American street slang for some time before and up to the modern era to mean the sex act. Thus, the Black musicians singing the words "rock-and-roll" as lyrics in their songs were in fact having a good laugh among themselves at the hidden meaning, which they knew their white audiences weren't getting.
Cf. the account given in the Wikipedia article for "Rock and Roll":"Several sources suggest that Freed found the term, used as a synonym for sexual intercourse, on the record "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward and his Dominoes. The lyrics include the line, "I rock 'em, roll 'em all night long". Freed did not acknowledge the suggestion about that source in interviews, and explained the term as follows: "Rock ’n roll is really swing with a modern name. It began on the levees and plantations, took in folk songs, and features blues and rhythm".
Anyway, the song is a cute, jazzy little tune, which may well have had more meaning in its lyrics than its listeners over the years ever realized!
And is that really the original meaning of the term "rock and roll?" <shocked face> https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=60+minute+man+youtube&view=detail&mid=1f89ca8e34ec3291b9551f89ca8e34ec3291b955&form=vire