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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Exclusive membership pitching content for KFCF. The regular show for stations other than KFCF is at: https://exchange.prx.org/pieces/369498-210...

Bought by KFCF FM and KFCF FM


  • Added: May 14, 2021
  • Length: 02:58:10
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Lloyd Price with Muhammad Ali
Lloyd Price passed away last week but he accomplished so much more than the many musicians who followed his lead (badly). A comparison of Price wi...

Bought by KPRG, Prairie Public, GCR (Global Community Radio), KFCF FM, and WYAP


  • Added: May 14, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:04
  • Purchases: 5
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Louisiana music, sublimely familiar music, and some very funny girl group songs (along with the usual dreck).

Bought by KPRG, Prairie Public, KFCF FM, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:06
  • Purchases: 4

  • Added: Apr 30, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:15
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Caption: Ray Columbus
Tonight it's girl groups, instrumentals, and songs from guys named Blackie.

Bought by KCHU, KPRG, KFCF FM, GCR (Global Community Radio), Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:25
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Songs about Monkeys and Missiles too
Every week we explore the tens of thousands of post WWII songs that could have been declared "the first rock and roll record" all the time realizin...

Bought by KCHU, KPRG, KFCF FM, GCR (Global Community Radio), and Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:08
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Record Label of Sirloin Burg and his orchestra
More music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the post-WWII era. Might as well serve up a set of songs about buzzards an...

Bought by KCHU, KPRG, GCR (Global Community Radio), KFCF FM, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:55
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Caption: Lucia Pamela
Rock and roll records were recorded long before Elvis and even WWII but Elvis' manager, Col. Parker, was a manager who created the mold for rock an...

Bought by KCHU, KPRG, GCR (Global Community Radio), KFCF FM, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:11
  • Purchases: 5
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We're always searching for the first rock and roll song in the 750,000 song library. This week I was looking for songs about each planet in our so...

Bought by KFCF FM, GCR (Global Community Radio), KPRG, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Mar 24, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:32
  • Purchases: 4
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This week's search for the first rock and roll record is in songs about satellites, songs with the word "zoom" in the lyrics, Mexican rocanrol, and...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KFCF FM, Prairie Public, and KPRG


  • Added: Mar 18, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:34
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Caption: The Creeps (with Ronnie Dawson on the far left)
A special show featuring songs that include mouth noises as a substitute for SFX (special effects) noises. Unlike SFX, humans imitate natural soun...

Bought by KFCF FM


  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:16
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: I had an couple ideas for promos and station ids for your station
Two 25 second promos for my show without any day or time schedule information. After the outro (which is your station's legal id), you can add (o...

Bought by KPRG, KFCF FM, Prairie Public, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 04:14
  • Purchases: 4
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Music from the post WWII era when a new music emerged and caught fire in the US and around the world. At first it wasn't called rock and roll, it ...

Bought by KFCF FM, GCR (Global Community Radio), and Prairie Public


  • Added: Mar 04, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:03
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Caption: Esquerita!
Music from the post WWII era when a new music emerged and caught fire in the US and around the world. At first it wasn't called rock and roll, it ...

Bought by KPRG and Prairie Public


  • Added: Feb 26, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:05
  • Purchases: 2
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These are funny ids from Brisbane musician, Dan Firebird.

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Feb 24, 2021
  • Length: :34
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Caption: Ernie K-Doe As a Mardi Gras Indian, Credit: From "Ernie K-Doe - The R&B Emperor of the Universe by Ben Sandmel
There were a hundred thousand "first rock and roll songs," all of them expressing the cultural upheaval of WWII and the realization we better enjoy...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KFCF FM, KPRG, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Feb 19, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:42
  • Purchases: 4
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It's Covid time so Mardi Gras is going to be less on the streets and more in our heads. But Mardi Gras and music are so similar that we really don...

Bought by KFCF FM, KPRG, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:21
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Tonettes
Music from the post WWII era when a new music emerged and caught fire in the US and around the world. At first it wasn't called rock and roll, it w...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KFCF FM, KPRG, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Feb 05, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:20
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Music plays an outsized role in commercials but usually the music is so simplistic and devoid of emotion. All the more reason that the exceptions ...

Bought by KPRG, KFCF FM, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Jan 29, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:05
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Caption: The show is this and so much more.
Music from the post WWII era when a new music emerged and caught fire in the US and around the world. At first it wasn't called rock and roll, it ...

Bought by KFCF FM, Prairie Public, and KPRG


  • Added: Jan 22, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:48
  • Purchases: 3