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: Boyd Bennett And His Rockets
Theater musicals tell a long story frequently interrupted by songs and dancing. Radio musicals are long series of songs interrupted by my idiotic...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:00
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  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:57
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Caption: Eddie Dugosh
Tonight we talk to the first time listener to explore their feelings on hearing music they've never heard by musicians they've never heard of yet t...

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  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:56
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The bottomless pit of my music library includes a handful of songs from 1963 Austria that are indistinguishable from the best of American rock and ...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:57
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Caption: Chellos
The "teenage angst" song is the standard issue rock and roll song but there is also the "teenage understanding" song that offers lyrics reflecting ...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2022
  • Length: 04:40:39
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Caption: Roddy Jackson Then
Defining the first rock and roll song has been passionately argued because to find "the first rock and roll song" requires ignoring tons of music t...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:28
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Caption: Bobby Page and the Riff Raffs
An inspired, heartfelt show. Based around an essay on radio as art and art as both a personal way of making a better life and civilization's savio...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2022
  • Length: 04:55:05
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85 songs you've never heard but could have been titled, "the first rock and roll song" featuring musicians you've never heard of. This show ignore...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:57
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Where we search for the first rock and roll song, is where autocracies die and "hits" are a distraction. All the music you've never heard by music...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:07
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Caption: Azzurri the Bachelorette
Hi, I'm Jim Lange and this is the Dating Game for dogs. In the post-WWII world, this music that was later called "Rock and Roll" was simply popula...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:45
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Caption: Eddie Seacrest and the Rollin Rockets
There's a half dozen popular myths defining the first rock and roll record but every week we feature 85 songs you've never heard any and all of the...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:02
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Caption: Los Crazy Boys
The great rock drummer Sandy Nelson sound like a very traditional swing drummer and Glen Campbell sounds like a primitive surf band as our perspect...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:07
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Caption: Norman Thrasher of the Royal Serenaders Cuts Loose
We feature the very first rock and roll songs but only those you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of because by removing the overwhel...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:06
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Monarchs
We feature the first rock and roll songs that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of because public radio can ignore the overwhelmin...

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Lou Reed before he was "Lou Reed"
Every week, another 85 songs you've never heard as we search for the heart and soul that later was declared "rock and roll." Fact is, there was no...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:02
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Caption: Whyte Boots The Lori Burton and Pam Sawyer Fictitious Band
In the post World War II era a new music captured the imagination of people in the US and around the world. This music wasn't called rock and roll...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:02
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In the post World War II era a new music captured the imagination and hope of people in the US and around the world. This music wasn't called rock ...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:02
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In the post World War II era a new music captured the imagination and hope of people in the US and around the world. This music wasn't called rock ...

Bought by KCHU, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WYAP, KPRG, and KFCF FM


  • Added: Jan 19, 2022
  • Length: 02:56:59
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Caption: Jumping Bill Carlisle
The first rock and roll song is centered in the post World War II era when a new music captured the imagination and hope of people in the US and ar...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:02
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Caption: Rudy Ray Moore kneeling
These are songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of so this is a deep dig into the non-commercial arts instead of pop music as de...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2022
  • Length: 02:57:11
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