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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"Music you've never heard and can't fathom a good reason why not." A highlight of the night are a handful of melodic songs of Bo Diddley that don...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 15, 2013
  • Length: 02:50:10
  • Purchases: 1
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Collector's music without the pedantic lecturing about the music's provenance. Tonig...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:49:25
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Plus I stubbed my toe, more songs about green stamps than you ever cared to hear and songs by people who's first name is, "Baby."

  • Added: Dec 29, 2013
  • Length: 02:52:15
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More music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Tonight, sets of music about bubble gum (very different from bubble gum music) a...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2014
  • Length: 02:53:56
Caption: From a record trading shop - the dreck that can't even be given away., Credit: WFMU at WFMU.org home of my favorite radio show - Seven Second Delay
Collectors music from the era just before rock and roll established a formulaic sound. "Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard o...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2014
  • Length: 02:55:15
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Music from the 1950s to 1970. A time when race and popular records crossed the then-impassible barriers of segregated America to create the golden...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2014
  • Length: 03:00:15
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Collectors music from the 1950s-70s, the golden age of Americana. Our sweet spot, the non-hits that crossed the segregation line between race reco...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2014
  • Length: 03:08:28
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Tonight I collected a few music collectors to present collector's music.

  • Added: Feb 02, 2014
  • Length: 03:02:40
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"It's music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of" and like a Lays potato chip, one listen and you'll wonder why this music isn't p...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 03:02:39
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Parading with Krewe du Vieux so Christy Grimes did the show. Next week, more of the same slop. Until then, an old show (without edits).

  • Added: Feb 17, 2014
  • Length: 01:59:39
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I'm parading with a lime green tail at Krewe du Vieux while Christy takes over the show.

  • Added: Feb 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:48:21
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Topical sets of music about Russia and a return to the WWOZ kitchen/sound effects department where I found the makings of my own Prairie Home Compa...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2014
  • Length: 02:49:58

  • Added: Mar 03, 2014
  • Length: 02:51:32
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Two hours of music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of, all stuffed into a three hour show. Lousy farmers and their daylight sav...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:53:20
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Cryptic titles of these shows come from the highly effective Sales Prevention Department. It's more music you've never heard by musicians you've n...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:30
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 02, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Music from the 1950s to 70s that fits just between rock and roll and rhythm and blues. From musicians you've never heard of, music you wished you ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:40
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... Some call it R&B or early R&R. I'm looking for those songs from the 1950s to 70s ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 02:53:39
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Somethings you can't take for granted - roots music and gravity. Both are down to earth but ignored. Music you've never heard by musicians you've...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2014
  • Length: 03:18:32
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Christy gets to wrassle with the drunk dialers of the Quarter and uncooperative machines of WWOZ.

  • Added: Apr 29, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:41