Searching For The First Rock And Roll Song

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

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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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The early songs featuring harmony were gospel but harmony soon wandered into popular songs with the sisters/brothers/twins group such as The Mills ...

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Caption: Moon Mullican
After six decades of life, I still don't know a single person named "Curley" yet my bottomless music library has a couple dozen musicians named, "C...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
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  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
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Caption: I purchased this Corona when I first read about the Corona Virus making it to the USA.  My mom was inoculated with the Covid vaccine on December 31st, 2021.  I will drink this Corona after I'm inoculated.
A touch of retrospection and melancholy as we live out our pandemic. Audio postcards of the first and hopefully the last Covid Christmas. (And...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:51
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Caption: Matt Lucas at the (pre-Katrina) Fats Domino Compound
Whether we like it or not, we pick up skills from our habits. Everyone talks up the good habits and their good skills but nobody talks up the bad ...

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  • Added: Dec 24, 2020
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Caption: Andy Kerr Of More Science High School at His Pep Rally
Live performances are out and putting a record on the hi fi has been obsolete for decades so what's replaced the joy of music? Radio. Music radi...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2020
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Caption: Candle Light Dinner For My Dogs
Music from the post WWII era when rock and roll wasn't a term yet but something profoundly different was in music from around the world as the worl...

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Caption: Bullet that came down 10 feet from my house
The characters in New Orleans this time from a perspective of who's doing crime around here.

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2020
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Caption: Tank the Modern American Aluminum Miner
It's not the hits and celebrities that predominate your everyday experiences. It's the the local music that never makes it to the big stage and th...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2020
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A tour of the characters of my neighborhood. From the "urban camper" who sleeps on my front porch and the neighbor who forgets to put on his pants...

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Caption: Tielman Brothers on Stage
New Orleans is one of the most integrated cities in the US. Black, Brown, White, poor, rich, sober, and drunk all living on top of each other. An...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2020
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  • Added: Nov 10, 2020
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From my eyes, my Hurricane Zeta experiences and just Louisiana music tonight. Be sure to watch the videos through the attached links. Louisiana m...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2020
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We're without power, internet, or music bars and I spent the day in Bay St. Louis with the chainsaw, Lumpy the truck, and my tool so I've spent the...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:54
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Caption: Wynonie Harris with fans
The best radio show out of New Orleans. Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of that all circles back to "who we are."

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2020
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  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
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Caption: Marvin and Johnny
As with every Saturday night, we try to find meaning in music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Why does this music work and...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:15
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Caption: Soap Box Derby Cheater and Privilege
Music from the post WWII era when authoritarian, top-down governance was out of fashion and America's third way of using bottom up creativity resul...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2020
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Caption: Howie Casey Derry Wilkie and Band
There was the usual Liverpool music scene in Liverpool but there was a spectacular Liverpool musical scene that flourished in ... Hamburg, Germany....

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2020
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Caption: Howie Casey Derry Wilkie and Band
It's the basis of this radio show, "how did this music work?" without the interference of a commercial narrative. Not the hits, not the oldies, no...

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:04
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