Searching For The First Rock And Roll Song

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

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We, the rock and roll generation, have never found our self-defining first rock and roll song. Host Jamie Dell'Apa presents music and musicians you've never heard from the small regional record companies who pioneered rock and roll. Songs that could have been the first rock and roll song. Songs that fill the gap in understanding where we came from and who we are.

Searching For The First Rock and Roll Song features records coveted by collectors from the era when rock and roll was emerging but hadn't yet settled on a definition of itself. Music from before rock and roll was domesticated into a commercial music industry. When country and western sounded like swing, pop music sounded like rockabilly, rockabilly sounded like rhythm and blues, and doo wop sounded like girl groups and all those musics sounded an awful lot like what we now call, “rock and roll”.

Not a hits, oldies, or “history of” radio show. it's all the songs that influenced our now-legendary musicians who are regularly featured in all those hits, oldies, and “history of” radio shows.

Hosted by WWOZ in New Orleans for the last 18 years, the show is carried by a dozen stations.

P.S. We never find the first rock and roll song. Just like our journey through life, the search is the joy. Finding the final destination in life or music is something to continually delay until after next week's episode.
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Searching For The First Rock and Roll Song features records coveted by collectors from the era when rock and roll was emerging but hadn't yet settled on a definition of itself. Music from before rock and roll was domesticated into a commercial music industry. When country and western sounded like swing, pop music sounded like rockabilly, rockabilly sounded like rhythm and blues, and doo wop sounded like girl groups and all those musics sounded an awful lot like what we now call, “rock and roll”.Not a hits, oldies, or “history of” radio show. it's all the songs that influenced our now-legendary musicians who are regularly featured in all those hits, oldies, and “history of” radio shows. Hosted by WWOZ in New Orleans for the last 18 years, the show is carried by a dozen stations. ... Show full description


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Caption: Velvetones Beetle Walk
Trying to summarize the sound of my almost two decades long show for the new stations previewing the program; this is a show featuring some of my f...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, Raven Radio, and KSLU


  • Added: Jul 15, 2024
  • Length: 02:58:59
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Caption: Cordell Jackson!!!!
Before FM radio and public radio were licensed to broadcast, there were a limited number of AM radio stations per market. Limited by radio spectru...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2024
  • Length: 03:00:00
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Caption: The Ideals Gorilla
Also songs about playing spin the bottle and various showdowns. What? I didn't write these songs. I'm playing them because nobody would believe ...

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2024
  • Length: 02:58:59
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Caption: Maori Troubadours
Where would the first rock and roll song emerge? The physical sciences' ideas of gradualism, law of inertia, and common sense says the first rock ...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2024
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Billy Lee Riley
Of the many regional musics of rural south louisiana, swamp pop was most successful in reaching audiences outside of South Louisiana. It's rock a...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2024
  • Length: 03:58:00
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Caption: Chaino from Jet Magazine.   He and his manager pulled off a scam where he was a survivor of inter-tribal warfare in Africa rescued by missionaries (of course).  His bongo playing hands were fast as lightening... you can imagine the hype.  Turns out he was
A handful of songs about Mobile, Alabama and songs coming from the nearby Louisiana Gulf Coast. For that matter, plenty of songs which could have ...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2024
  • Length: 02:58:58
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Caption: Ramplers, Falcons, and Fabulous Playboys (Wilson Pickett passed through these bands)
By definition, the first rock and roll record was new and unheard so it couldn't have been popular much less well capitalized. It wouldn't have be...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2024
  • Length: 02:59:00
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In the post-WWII devastation of Europe, Dutchman Cees Klopp hears the hope, whimsey, and excitement of the new rock and roll music from America and...

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  • Added: May 27, 2024
  • Length: 02:59:00
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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...

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  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 02:59:00
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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 ...

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  • Added: May 13, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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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...

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  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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