One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally: a person who performs popular music with a fast, vigorous rhythm and a strong beat. In later use: a person who performs hard rock.
2Originally: a piece of music with a pronounced rocking rhythm. In later use: a hard rock song.
1940s; earliest use found in New York Amsterdam Star-News. From hard + rocker, in later use after hard rock.
hard rocker/ˌhɑːd ˈrɒkə/
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