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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By musicians you've never heard of..." Collectors music without the burdens of the music's provenance. Good music just works.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2015
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Music from San Antonio to New Orleans as the "Gulf Coast Sound." Often coming from Huey Meaux's Crazy Cajun record label but there is a audio conn...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KRZA


  • Added: Sep 20, 2015
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  • Purchases: 2
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Plus lessons on the magical incantation that keeps the FCC police at bay.

  • Added: Sep 27, 2015
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Songs you've never heard about teenagers (including Molly and Trudy) by musicians you've never heard of.

  • Added: Oct 12, 2015
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From the renaissance of Americana culture, 1950 to 1970s when we were searching for a uniquely American musical identity in the 20th century that c...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
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Something happened to create such a fertile ground for Americana music in post WWII era of the 1950-70s of this show's focus. However whatever ser...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2015
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Music about being robbed at a hotel on your one-nighter (more like a one-half nighter) and black bubblegum music. As always, music you've never h...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2015
  • Length: 03:42:45
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Songs sung by women named "Barbara." Short fund drive announcements that are tied into the music. The boring, droning, repetitive ones were cut...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
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A show in the shadows of a horrific terror attack on Paris. Recalling the days after Katrina when hearing music from New Orleans reassured us tha...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
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Faux live broadcast from a New Orleans music club featuring music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2015
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Ranting and raving like a motivational speaker for musicians... Oh quit being a big baby waa waa and just try listening for ten minutes. Nope, i...

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I do a card trick on radio. Without cards. Without anything tricky. And it I did have cards, it wouldn't have improved the trick. "Oh yeah, a...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
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Combining a card trick with the card games, 52 pickup and slap jack also didn't work on radio.

  • Added: Dec 20, 2015
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the 1950s to the 1970s. All the non-hits (because adding money to music has nev...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2015
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There are so many songs by men focused on "how many women they have" that I strung them together in numerical progressions of 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 32, ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2016
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of all singing about Shirley and pink "stuff."

  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 02:51:31
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I must have fallen into the "Bobby" and "Billy" section of the music library because almost every musician featured tonight has one of those names....

  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
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The term "Indo Rock" was worn by Indonese bands from Netherland during the music's peak from 1958 to 1968. Similar to the US-originated rock and r...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
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Every year at Mardi Gras the city and I reflect on what it means to be from New Orleans. First hour and half is New Orleans music and commentary....

  • Added: Feb 07, 2016
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