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: Chic Lets
A show about why musical creativity can't be measured by commercial success. It's why our search for the first rock and roll record using songs yo...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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What sound leads a rock and roll song? Group harmony is one of the most original and foundational identifying sounds of rock and roll because grou...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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The search for the first rock and roll record never finds its "Patient Zero" because it's not an infection, it's a vast amalgamation of our musics ...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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We search for the elusive first rock and roll song in recordings about teenage royalty, "Baby Don't Go" songs, and for no aesthetic reason, focus o...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2023
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: The Teardrops
To believe you know the first rock and roll song, means you've never listened to this show. The show features 85 songs per week (over 17 years) o...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2023
  • Length: 02:56:01
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Tonight, the first rock and roll records from musicians you've never heard of. Focusing on music out of Texas with a side trip east on the old Rou...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Lion and the Leperchans
No references to Christmas Eve (or that horrible scandal that follows me).

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:59
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Tonight's focus is on New Orleans music and songs about oil as our search for the first rock and roll record looks into themes that match our weekl...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Gaylarks - a band Frank Zappa saw and swooned over while he was in high school.
The geographic assumption underlying the first rock and roll record was an origination in the Southern U.S. This assumption was superior to, and ...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2022
  • Length: 04:22:10
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Caption: Veltones
Songs about "I want my baby back," "stronger than dirt" and the probable origin of the song, Twenty Flight Rock as we search for the first rock and...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Connie Allen
Pre WWII songs revived by rock stars and the songs "Crazy Legs" and "Good Lovin.'" Plus a focus on the original songs covered by The Paladins as ...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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In the post WWII era soul music also emerged along with rock and roll. Soul lyrics were especially light, sweet, and even introspectively sweet. ...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Rock n' Tones Bop Boy LP Cover
85 song's you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of but all could claim to have made "the second rock and roll song." (Because finding...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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The predominate musical culture of post WWII is loosely called rock and roll yet we don't know where it started and almost all the founding musicia...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2022
  • Length: 04:26:04
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Caption: Rockin' R's
The first rock and roll songs catered to being on the radio on the hope of catching the masses' ears. And radio catered to this new sound of hot m...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2022
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  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 02:58:59
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Exploring the beginnings of post WWII musical culture. When a new, "hot" music emerged from the orthodoxy of established musics. Later we would c...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2022
  • Length: 03:58:59
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Caption: Kathy Lynn and the Playboys
Searching for the first rock and roll song in all the music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. This week, we'll start with son...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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3am Sunday morning introspections on life in New Orleans from the only sober guy in the French Quarter - the all-night show guy at the community ra...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2022
  • Length: 34:13
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