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: Bobby Lee Trammell
An hour of songs who's lyrics that take us from the gleeful invitations to the tearful breakup of every 1961-era teenage sock hop and party. Also...

Bought by Prairie Public and KFCF FM


  • Added: Jun 19, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Tameers
Walking With Frankie is an hard blues with a beautiful pop hook making its riffs one of the most common and copied riffs in blues and rock music. ...

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


  • Added: Jun 12, 2023
  • Length: 03:56:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Cookies
Who could have meritoriously claimed, "The First Rock and Roll Song"

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


  • Added: Jun 05, 2023
  • Length: 02:56:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Teddy "Mr. Bear" McRae
Bands and songs featuring the character of a "night owl." Usually a male who stays out all night every night. She's waiting on him at the front ...

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


  • Added: May 23, 2023
  • Length: 04:09:21
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The Mysterious Montells
It was a music that was shared around the globe. It was based on a univeral feeling. What is the heart and soul of music? Of humanity?

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], Delmarva Public Media, KFCF FM, Prairie Public, KPRG and more


  • Added: May 16, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
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It's not a "hits" or an "oldies" show because was play collector's music - those songs that were meritorious artistic successes but not commercial ...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KFCF FM, KPRG, WQCS and more


  • Added: May 10, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes (Dap Walk Guitar)
In theatrical musicals, music breaks out during a storyline. In a "radio musical," a story breaks out during a music show. What if the story is ...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KPRG, KFCF FM, Prairie Public, WQCS and more


  • Added: May 03, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Floyd Dakil
Surely Little Richard was a rock and roll founder but who and what influenced him? We track the origin of Little Richard's song "Keep a Knockin" b...

Bought by WVTF, Delmarva Public Media, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KFCF FM, KPRG and more


  • Added: Apr 26, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Turbans
The joy of music isn't finding the first, It's the search through all the "possibly the firsts." Who could have even imagined there are so many co...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WYAP, Delmarva Public Media, KFCF FM, KPRG and more


  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Apr 11, 2023
  • Length: 02:56:59
  • Purchases: 6
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It's a show unlike any other rock and roll history show because we capture the feel of the music instead of making it a museum piece. Rock and rol...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WYAP, KFCF FM, KPRG and more


  • Added: Apr 03, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Larry Donn
A show for everyone who's ever said, "Why haven't I heard this musician before?" Music and musicians you've never heard of but who invented rock ...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KFCF FM, Prairie Public, and WQCS


  • Added: Mar 27, 2023
  • Length: 04:39:30
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Teen Queens
We go to the unexplored in our search for the first rock and roll song. New Zealand had a rich flowering early rock and roll era and Kentucky isn'...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KPRG, Delmarva Public Media, Prairie Public, WQCS and more


  • Added: Mar 20, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The first rock and roll song pre-dated Elvis and everyone else credited by commercial interests as "discovering rock and roll." The first rock and...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], Delmarva Public Media, KFCF FM, KPRG, Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Mar 15, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The Gales
Unfortunately, there were at least 85 second rock and roll songs (and counting). Tonight's twist, most of tonight's bands begin their names with e...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KFCF FM, KPRG, Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Mar 07, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Sparkle Moore
It's bands and musicians who's names start with "Roy" as in Royaltones, Roy Hall, Royal Teens, etc. with just a touch of Sparkle Moore.

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], Delmarva Public Media, KPRG, Prairie Public, and WQCS


  • Added: Mar 01, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The Sinders
It's the researcher dream thesis so there have been uncounted attempts but no one has credibly defined the first rock and roll song. The difficul...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KPRG, KFCF FM, Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Feb 20, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Little Ralph Molina and the Personalties
You've heard the mythical beginnings of rock and roll a thousand times. The White musicians who experiences Black music and then creates rock and ...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KFCF FM, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KPRG, Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Feb 14, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Superbs
It's easier to count beans than count the huge number of songs about beans. Even more difficult, the number of songs that could have been the firs...

Bought by Delmarva Public Media, KFCF FM, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KPRG, Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Feb 07, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
  • Purchases: 7