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: Jim Easter and the Artistics
This radio show's search for the first rock and roll song without considering commercial "hits" profoundly re-calibrates a listener's musical esthe...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Meloaires
Also Sputnik and Rocket City (Huntsville, AL) Songs plus corny songs by corny actors including Jerry Mathers (Beaver Cleaver), the cast of McHale's...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:01
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This week I wandered into the "Mar" portion of my bottomless musical library to pull 85 songs from "Marvin, Marvel, Mary, etc" musicians and bands....

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Janis Peters
As always, the show is a restatement of who we were after the horrors of WWII. When a new whimsical and hopeful music of youth was adopted across...

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  • Added: Dec 25, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Jeannie and the Big Guys (Cindy Cole was "Jeannie"))
Music goes through eras of innovation followed by imitation which eventually becomes codified into commercial formula. The blandness is then follo...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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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
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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
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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: 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: 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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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: 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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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: 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
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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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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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