Searching For The First Rock And Roll Song

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

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Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

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What does music sound like when it is taken out of context?

When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous.

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

Songs are arranged in sets originating from an overall theme and between songs are short interstitial sound clips that sometimes tell a parallel story or a contrasting story or are simply audio cultural artifacts used that frame the music. Hide full description

What does music sound like when it is taken out of context? When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous. Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for... Show full description


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Caption: George and Teddy, The Condor!
Being across the Hudson River from New York City's big music industry meant Cool Records needed to be scrappy because they were only getting the sc...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], Raven Radio, and KSLU


  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 02:59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Elroy Peace
We search for the first rock and roll record in songs referring to "Congo," the small but notable music catalog from Kit Records of Nashville, and ...

Bought by KPRG, Prairie Public, KFCF FM, Delmarva Public Media, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio] and more


  • Added: May 13, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Tino and the Revelons
Searching for socks lost in the dryer is like searching for the first rock and roll song. Both are mysteriously missing. Tonight's show focuses o...

Bought by KSRQ, KPRG, Prairie Public, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KFCF FM and more


  • Added: May 08, 2024
  • Length: 02:59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Hi Lites
I quit counting after finding a dozen very good songs all titled "eenie meanie miney moe." Also songs from Texas that don't have a "Texas Sound" a...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2024
  • Length: 02:59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Bobby and the Poe Kats
This week is a deep dive into the endless amount of bands who put out one or two 45 RPM record then disappeared. Depending on your definition of "...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Clinton Ford Looking Like a Dandy
There isn't agreement on the definition of rock and roll much less the first rock and roll record. There isn't even agreement on the broad topics ...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2024
  • Length: 02:53:59
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We often present music based on it geographic region of origin. Another cut is by "record label" who also have an identifiable "sound" permeating ...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2024
  • Length: 02:54:01
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Caption: Boxing Writer Mike Marley with Kris Kristofferson
It was a time when music wasn't commoditized into national least-common denominator blandness because the country was more distinctly regionalized....

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2024
  • Length: 02:54:00
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Caption: The Dynamics
Willie Mays swings a good bat and a great song. Pinky Pinkston is equally amazing for the opposite reasons. Plus plenty of New Orleans music incl...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2024
  • Length: 02:54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Ronnie Dee (Dawson) and the D-Men
Every week we search songs you've never heard by musicians you've heard of in trying to find the first rock and roll song before rock and roll caug...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Jan Lanhom (Oklahoma)
In contrast to crisp music from urban areas, music from the rural swampy bayous is slower, muddier, funkier. The third hour is early rock and roll...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:01
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Augie Garcia
The common sound of rock and roll's origination is indistinguishable across two hemisphere separating musicians living under the Southern Cross and...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Sweet Katie Sweet was 3 years old when she recorded this
Long before the child singer Michael Jackson extended his childhood musical career past his voice change, there were countless little kids propped ...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Johnny Sardo When He Was With Randy and the Rainbows
Also song lyrics specifically about boxers and songs sung by boxers (and other athletes). And oh so many musicians named "Johnny." Oh yeah, songs...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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A series of songs similar to "The Stroll" but wackier; Gorilla Walk, Panther Walk, Wild Man Walk, Wee Gee Walk, Cat Walk, etc. Then music and musi...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Lord Luther
What is it with teenagers commanding popular music of the last 3/4 century then defaulting to the stupidest lyrics imaginable? Songs featuring cre...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Miles Conner
Songs about drinking milk, the hip lexicon lyric and its opposite, extremely goofy lyrics. Plenty of vocal group harmony songs because vocal grou...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: The Aquatones
We wipe out more pesky teenagers with overly dramatic teenage angst songs ranging from splatter platters / death disks about car crashes to shotgun...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: The Mysterious "Marie Bourbarere" of New Orleans "I'm Coming Home"
Belgium, Japan, Italy, and US guitar slingers; musicians who worked radio and their bands, songs about giant canaries and little Yosemite Sam. All...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Julie and the Desires
Music and musicians you've never heard, any of which could have been the first rock and roll record. This show puts the "non-commercial" into the ...

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 6