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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A sequel to the Synthetic Chinese Music show of a December 30, 2012. Tonight an hour's worth of songs that use the oboe, gongs and tiny bells to c...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2013
  • Length: 02:50:41
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Twice a year, WWOZ does a gut check with you. We ask you to judge us on whether we are doing good, non-commercial radio. It's your call. Your st...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2013
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He insults me every week so I call and confront him. Then music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the golden age a Amer...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2013
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Also skinny and running songs and a bunch of music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of

  • Added: Mar 24, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of including Anita Humes and the Essex.

  • Added: Mar 31, 2013
  • Length: 02:51:29
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Collectors music - R&B from the 1950s to 70s. R&B is a catch-all phrase that represents the then integration of "race records" and "popular" mus...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2013
  • Length: 02:49:40
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Putting a spotlight on Willie Egan and the girl's "perfect song lyric" plus plenty of collector's music ("that you've never heard by musicians you'...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2013
  • Length: 08:50:42
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El Dorados, Barbara Pittman, Tin Men and music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.

  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:06:08
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Broadcasting the music from a pop up music club located between your left and right ears.

  • Added: Apr 28, 2013
  • Length: 05:48:39
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It's a pop-up music nightclub where the door man hates me but all my drinks are free and the music is perfect. To join us at the club, just close ...

  • Added: May 05, 2013
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This week from the WWOZ studio, music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. 1950s to 70 Americana music from when race and popula...

  • Added: May 12, 2013
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First half of the show focuses on the rarely heard New Orleans R&B songs and artists of the early 1950s. Rick Coleman who authored the definitive ...

  • Added: May 19, 2013
  • Length: 05:48:17
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"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of" presented in esoteric themes and highlighted with interstitial sound clips from the t...

  • Added: May 21, 2013
  • Length: 02:53:25
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Songs for those looking for "good lovin" and another round of bongos.

  • Added: May 27, 2013
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The 1970's version of Funkadelic is typically credited for pioneering the role of a black band playing rock and roll. However, in the 1950s and 60...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Jun 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:24:17
  • Purchases: 1
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Featuring New Orleans musicians you know playing their music that you've never heard before with the headliner, Rudy Ray Moore. When Moore as the ...

Bought by KWIT


  • Added: Jun 09, 2013
  • Length: 02:55:37
  • Purchases: 1
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More music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... A faux live broadcast from somewhere in New Orleans as only you've imagined it.

  • Added: Jun 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:00:47
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A pop up music club that is so local to you that you're already there. Just open your ears and close your eyes to experience New Orleans' best mus...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2013
  • Length: 02:50:31
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"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of." From the golden era of Americana, 1950s to 1970s before R&B, R&R, Blues and Rockabi...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 02:51:26
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Another Saturday night in the French Quarter of New Orleans serving up music you've never heard from musicians you've never heard of. Tonight feat...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2013
  • Length: 02:55:53