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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Should be able to put the definition of this show's sound into a thirty-second introduction but for the last seven years I've changed the definitio...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2015
  • Length: 03:04:52
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Music that led to rock and roll from musicians that influenced the rock and roll legends. None of the hits but all of the originators. Collector...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2015
  • Length: 02:50:56
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First hour is distinguishing the music from the usual 50s to 70s music by removing the usual 500 songs from the library of millions....

  • Added: Apr 05, 2015
  • Length: 02:54:28
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Jamie is visited by the Officer Duane Williams of the dreaded FCC police who is checking whether Jamie's sober to drunk listenership ratio is high ...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2015
  • Length: 02:56:56
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I couldn't tell you why I think 100k watts of chewing tin foil is appropriate radio but here's three hours of music you've never heard by musicians...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2015
  • Length: 02:54:32
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A live show that you can view by looking at the video listed on the Full Description. You can also participate with the folks at the broadcast tab...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2015
  • Length: 02:56:58
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Finally get a second microphone for proper interviews but a pissed Ernie K-Doe dunks it into a pitcher of beer, brains me with it, then tosses it o...

  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 02:54:38
Caption: Jamie In Puka Shell Necklace, Credit: Andy Kerr (Amsterdam)
Since I got kicked out of the last club for skating on the tab, tonight we are broadcasting live from a different music club here in New Orleans. I...

  • Added: May 11, 2015
  • Length: 02:51:16
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Another live show, another drink and dash on the bar tab. Then I had to hide out from the police so I went to the radio station and did the 3am to...

  • Added: May 23, 2015
  • Length: 05:58:03
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. 1950s to 1970s R&B, blues and everything else that influenced the rock and rollers.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2015
  • Length: 02:59:26
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Before rock and roll became a formula for celebrity. Before rock and roll became a formula for making money. Before rock and roll itself became a...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 02:54:41
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A live broadcast from a faux music club in the theater of your mind district in New Orleans. Seventy band plus a table full of listeners like you ...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2015
  • Length: 02:54:17
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Broadcasting from an imaginary music club featuring music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of ... unless you were very hip in the...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2015
  • Length: 03:02:13
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Broadcasting live from a music club in the French Quarter.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2015
  • Length: 02:57:04
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of uncludign cover songs by bands that probably really did play garages as opposed to the ...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2015
  • Length: 02:53:58
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... Tonight another live broadcast from a New Orleans music club from the theater dist...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2015
  • Length: 02:51:17
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Back from a three week vacation with a new persona - "your invisible friend." Too much windshield time.

  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 02:50:38
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A short focus on the influence of Fats Domino throughout the swamp pop world and especially on Jimmy Donley. And the usual music you've never hear...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2015
  • Length: 02:41:33
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New Orleanians were not keen on last week's media-contangion to "regurgitate" their Hurricane Katrina stories on the ten-year anniversary of the st...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2015
  • Length: 02:52:13
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A live broadcast from a costume party here in New Orleans. As with every Saturday night, music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard ...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2015
  • Length: 02:55:23