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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Caption: BONGOS!  A gift from Lexie and Cletus left at the station today., Credit: Lexie and Cletus Montgomery
Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the 1950's to the 1970's. The golden age of Americana when race records and popul...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of because you really are sick of the same old stuff but you still remember that music was...

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Who would have thought that jail would be so much like a nightclub? All the OPP needs is the addition of music to its patron's drinking, drugging ...

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Music from the 1950s to the 1970s that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. An era when musicians reached across the separation ...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2013
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Music from the 1950s to the 1970s that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Collectors music without the drudgery of reciting th...

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Music from the golden age of Americana - the 1950s to 1970s that you would have heard if public radio existed. Oh, just give it a listen and hear...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of all from the golden age of Americana - the 1950s to the 1970s. A time when musicians r...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Music that's better than my grammar.

  • Added: Sep 16, 2013
  • Length: 02:48:08
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Tonight, featuring the musicians of the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp.

  • Added: Sep 15, 2013
  • Length: 02:54:06
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Music you've never heard from musicians you've never heard of from the golden age of American music, the 1950s to the 1970s. We feature the non-hi...

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  • Length: 02:54:32
  • Purchases: 1
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Music from the 1950s to 1970s that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Our sweet spot are songs created by musicians breaking t...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. All the non-hits from the 1950s-70s that were better than the commercial dreck that m...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... collector's music without the pedantics of the music's provenance. After I retriev...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2013
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More music you've wished you had heard by musicians deprived of radio exposure. Music that reached across the separation line of a segregated US i...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2013
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Besides music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of, tonight I'm dog sitting on air so I'm trying to get a date for my dog. Tonigh...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the 1950s to 1970s when teenagers reached across the separation line of a segregat...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2013
  • Length: 02:38:00
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the 1950s to 1970s when teenagers reached across the separation line of a segregat...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2013
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the 1950s to 1970s when teenagers reached across the separation line of a segregat...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2013
  • Length: 02:49:46
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... because there's more to art than "hits" played over and over and over again.

  • Added: Dec 02, 2013
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Part one of the "other music of Bo Diddley" and black pioneers of rock and roll. This is a draft version awaiting the recovery of a backup recordi...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2013
  • Length: 02:04:32