Searching For The First Rock And Roll Song

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

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Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

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What does music sound like when it is taken out of context?

When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous.

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

Songs are arranged in sets originating from an overall theme and between songs are short interstitial sound clips that sometimes tell a parallel story or a contrasting story or are simply audio cultural artifacts used that frame the music. Hide full description

What does music sound like when it is taken out of context? When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous. Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for... Show full description


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Caption: Miles Conner
Songs about drinking milk, the hip lexicon lyric and its opposite, extremely goofy lyrics. Plenty of vocal group harmony songs because vocal grou...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: The Aquatones
We wipe out more pesky teenagers with overly dramatic teenage angst songs ranging from splatter platters / death disks about car crashes to shotgun...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: The Mysterious "Marie Bourbarere" of New Orleans "I'm Coming Home"
Belgium, Japan, Italy, and US guitar slingers; musicians who worked radio and their bands, songs about giant canaries and little Yosemite Sam. All...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Julie and the Desires
Music and musicians you've never heard, any of which could have been the first rock and roll record. This show puts the "non-commercial" into the ...

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2024
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Jeannie and the Big Guys (Cindy Cole was "Jeannie"))
Music goes through eras of innovation followed by imitation which eventually becomes codified into commercial formula. The blandness is then follo...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Janis Peters
As always, the show is a restatement of who we were after the horrors of WWII. When a new whimsical and hopeful music of youth was adopted across...

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  • Added: Dec 25, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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This week I wandered into the "Mar" portion of my bottomless musical library to pull 85 songs from "Marvin, Marvel, Mary, etc" musicians and bands....

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Meloaires
Also Sputnik and Rocket City (Huntsville, AL) Songs plus corny songs by corny actors including Jerry Mathers (Beaver Cleaver), the cast of McHale's...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Jim Easter and the Artistics
This radio show's search for the first rock and roll song without considering commercial "hits" profoundly re-calibrates a listener's musical esthe...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Jimmy "Chickie" Horne
Music from "Jimmys" who all predate Jimi Hendrix. All these "Jimmys" could have been awarded "the first rock and roll song" but few to none of the...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2023
  • Length: 02:56:59
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Caption: Dreamtones
The joy of this show isn't finding the first rock and roll song. As in life, it is the the journey through all this music you've never heard that...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Tracy Pendarvis
Songs by musicians insisting on being referred to as, "Mr." as we search for the first rock and roll song in all the music that you've never heard.

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Krazy Kats
And finding not the song, but the feeling, the emotion, the state of mind from where the first rock and roll song emerged. It's what we do in publ...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2023
  • Length: 02:56:58
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Songs from the late 1950s / early 1960s about how skinny legged pants making the wearer a cooler, better dancer. Yep, I'm gonna buy my way into bei...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Orlons
Rock and roll is the great undefined feeling that is foundational to how we define ourselves, the post-WWII generation. Unfortunately, the first r...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Sandy Posey
We were so close I could smell it. All my listeners agreed, the show smelled.

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  • Added: Oct 16, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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All promos require your outro tag line or outro station id: 1. Rickie Lee Jones, "You're listening to Jamie's quest for the first R&R song 2. Ri...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2023
  • Length: 01:02
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Caption: Polly Possum
Sly Stone's first record at age 14 when he walked in on established vocal harmony group, The Viscaynes, and told them to follow him to success. Al...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Big Chenier at His Restaurant
A Louisiana music show! but not from the Bayou Lafitte basin (where New Orleans looks up to sea level). Nah, we always do "music you've never hea...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2023
  • Length: 02:56:59
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After the regular show, the radio muse still beckons. She whispers, "Tickle the aether to fill the darkness and silence. Don't rely on a format, ...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2023
  • Length: 02:56:59
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