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 from the 1950s to the 70s but, then again, it sounds so familiar. Familiar because my show features that precursor music ...

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WWOZ - an outlet for JazzFest music heads to hear the golden era of New Orleans music (the 1950s to 1970s). Tonight, "New Orleans music you've nev...

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And they're good songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... Music from the 1950s to 70s that influenced the music and musician...

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Music from the golden era of Americana music, the 1950s-70s. That music that birthed rock and roll. Yep, this is the music that influenced today'...

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Of course the title doesn't make sense. None of my titles make sense as the titles and my shows all parse cultural esoterica. Collector's music i...

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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the time just before the first rock and roll record. From where rock and roll beg...

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The music created just before the first rock and roll song is the music that created America's most lasting cultural impact. Collector's music bec...

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Collector's music from the golden age of Americana - the 1950s to 1970s. All the music from just before the first rock and roll song because once ...

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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from a radio studio in the WWOZ bathroom. Plus market testing my new pledge drive prem...

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Yeah, sure there are thousands of songs that mention jukeboxes but you don't care to count them nor listen to them. No, you're more specialized. ...

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The music that made rock and roll but that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the 1950s to 1970s, a time just before the ...

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As always, collector's music from the 1950s to 70s.but this time with a focus on Australian bands. Their sound fit into the a typical Saturday Nig...

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Music from the 1950s to 1970s but with a twist - only the non-hit and only the songs before the rock and roll became a boring formula for making mo...

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Music that came just before rock and roll became a formula. Not the hits but music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. And may...

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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of - From the golden era of Americana, the 1950s - 1970s when popular music and race recor...

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A magical community radio hour. Late Saturday night, musicians from around the globe and New Orleans drop in for a jam session as part of their tr...

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"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of." All the music that came just before the first rock and roll record. Collector's m...

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Stuffing four hours of music into three hours. It looks as bad a making sausage but without the good taste!

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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... Songs from the golden era of Americana, the 1950-70s when the modern era of pop mu...

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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of because it is the music just before the first rock and roll record that is the unvarnis...

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