Bar band veterans like myself will instantly recognize this shorthand. It denotes the standard chord progessions for blues and doo-wop songs respectively.
The first progression (root, fourth, fifth) – which is also featured in thousands of jazz and rock ‘n’ roll tunes as well – is actually I IV V-(IV)-I or some similar variation. The chords involved in the key of E would be E, A and B.
The second run (root, minor sixth, fourth, fifth) would be E, C#m, A and B. Sometimes a minor second (ii, or F#m) is substituted for the IV. Think “In the Still of the Nite.”
My question: has anyone ever identified the FIRST recorded works to feature an unambiguous, instantly recognizable example of each of these two progressions?
My guess is that the I-IV-V was probably in vogue long before being first committed to vinyl (or shellac, actually). But it would be interesting to know the first recorded example.
In the case of the doo-wop progression, I would have to think that the first example would have occurred much later and could be more easily located.
Nominations from the floor are welcome, as are pointers to anyplace this question has been addressed previously.