Searching For The First Rock And Roll Song

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

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Image by: Regular Listener, J.T. Lindross, From Finland 

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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Another Saturday night and I ain't got no flooding in my house.

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2012
  • Length: 02:57:19
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... A night of great interstitials from the Firesign Theater and a reading and music ab...

  • Added: May 20, 2013
  • Length: 02:48:30
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Music from before David Bowie, Lou Reed, Harry Nillson, Vanilla Fudge and others found their commercial sound. Guess what? It sounded like what w...

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  • Added: May 20, 2013
  • Length: 03:02:24
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The music that emerged when the separation line between race records and popular music dissolved. Americana roots music that you've never heard fr...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Oct 14, 2012
  • Length: 02:55:27
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Heavy on the mini-themes not available in normal radio (baseball and eanie meenie miny moe songs) with the usual "music you've never heard by music...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2012
  • Length: 02:56:56
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Caption: Music for your one hour of criminality
You're allowed to re-live the hour that we set our clocks back. It's like erasing that hour and re-recording it. Perhaps the greatest holiday eve...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 03:54:41
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Another Saturday night in the French Quarter. Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... Collector's music. Music from the 1...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2012
  • Length: 02:35:42
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Americana music from the 1950s to 70's. Collector's music. Playing another "no hitt...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2012
  • Length: 04:08:52
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Songs about eating watermelons, Route 16, a trampoline, too much makeup, Barber of Saville, drunks at the front door, gun-toting drunken monkeys wh...

  • Added: May 18, 2013
  • Length: 02:55:52
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Songs about clothes worn below the waist and as always, music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of....

  • Added: Dec 17, 2012
  • Length: 02:59:46
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Music from the French Quarter studios of WWOZ, New Orleans on a warm Saturday night in December. What type of music? Music you've never heard by ...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2012
  • Length: 02:54:26
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There have been so many Chicken Little "End O' The World" events since Y2k that I've run out of appropriate songs to mark the end of the Mayan cale...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:54:17
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Three hours of music with unusual instrumentation. Not my usual weakness for bongos and ukuleles (get thee behind me!) but tonight it'll be gongs,...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2012
  • Length: 03:12:11
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I just had an epiphany. Why not title shows by date instead of my pithy descriptions of various elements of a show? Progress. We're making progr...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2013
  • Length: 02:56:14
Caption: Danny Barker Starts the Show
In New Orleans, you can feel the early Mardi Gras in the air. Krewe du Vieux is marching next Saturday which unofficially kicks off the season and...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2013
  • Length: 02:50:36
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And some great interstitials between music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Americana music from the 1950s to the 1970's. O...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 02:48:26
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Songs and my rants about the heart and soul of New Orleans plus the usual (unusual?) music you never heard by musicians you've never heard of.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2013
  • Length: 02:40:52
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Another night of music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... Made substantially better via my tin foil hat.

  • Added: Feb 03, 2013
  • Length: 02:53:50
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From early calypso and New Orleans Mardi Gras music to New Orleans neighborhoods to my demise - what Mardi Gras means to me.

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2013
  • Length: 02:47:46
  • Purchases: 1
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Tonight's music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of include: Songs made of tool noises and songs with musical instruments imita...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2013
  • Length: 03:59:13