Rocka Rolla (song)

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"Rocka Rolla"
Rocka Rolla.jpg
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Rocka Rolla
B-side "Never Satisfied"
Released August 1974
Format 45 RPM
Recorded June–July 1974
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 3:05
Label Gull Records
Writer(s) Rob Halford
K.K. Downing
Glenn Tipton
Producer(s) Rodger Bain
Judas Priest singles chronology
"Rocka Rolla"
(1974)
"The Ripper"
(1976)
Rocka Rolla track listing
"One for the Road"
(1)
"Rocka Rolla"
(2)
"Winter"
(3)

"Rocka Rolla" is the debut single by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, first released in August 1974, and later released as the title track of their first album the following month.

This song was played live on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

The song has several short guitar solos played by guitarist Glenn Tipton, an outro solo by K. K. Downing, as well as a harmonica solo played by vocalist Rob Halford.

During live performances, Tipton's backing vocals were sung significantly higher than Halford's. The song often closed the shows on their early tours, and was extended into a lengthy jam.

The B-side to the single for Rocka Rolla was another song from the same album, "Never Satisfied", which was co-written by Al Atkins.

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