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: Original Checkmates
These are songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of so this is not a "hits" or "oldies" presentation. It's purposely not the ...

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


  • Added: Dec 24, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: Little Joe Cook and The Thrillers
The Fleetwoods of Olympia Washington were White kids who did precise harmonies much like the more ethnic "doo wop" groups of the same era. Sun Ra...

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


  • Added: Dec 19, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:00
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Caption: The Girls (From Athens, Greece Approximately 1962-64
As we search for the first rock and roll record in those songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of, we're hearing the tens of tho...

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Denny Ezba and the Goldens
Every show we search for the first rock and roll record but from before Elvis and from areas far from Elvis. This radio show presents the tens of ...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Fay Simmons
Every show we explore the endless examples of rock and roll music from before Elvis and from unexplored locations. This radio show presents the te...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 03:56:16
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Caption: Paul Gabriel
Journeyman blues guitarist Paul Gabriel recounts his years playing blues and gospel guitar with luminaries ranging from Georgia Lewis to B.B. King.

Bought by Prairie Public and WYAP


  • Added: Nov 22, 2021
  • Length: 11:28
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Caption: Edgar Blanchard
Scratching through another corner of my endless musical library - songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. All of which could...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: Cats and the Fiddle
There is a belief that the first rock and roll song was centered around Elvis but in the post World War II era there was a new music with so many s...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:01
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Caption: The billiard ball removal saw.  (Cut 'em in half and spit 'em out.)
While listing all his boring traits, Jamie tries to demonstrate a "cool trick" but gets a billiard ball stuck in his mouth. He performs an billiar...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:59
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Caption: Earthquakes
Starting with music from outer space because that's what was considered the origination of the first rock and roll song. In its time it was as ali...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:04
  • Purchases: 5
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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: Oct 27, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:26
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Shake Spears
There are endless examples of rock and roll music from before Elvis, The Beatles, or whoever else has the title of "first rock and roll song." Thi...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:29
  • Purchases: 5
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A focus on the Denver and Toronto regional record companies of Band Box and Quality plus a long segment on "music from outer space" based on the in...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2021
  • Length: 03:46:26
  • Purchases: 6
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Songs that are only between 90 and 100 seconds are the communications professor's dream of - "the direct, active voice." No lengthy introduction o...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2021
  • Length: 04:11:25
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Caption: Supersecos
After a hurricane reminds you that only a veneer of safety keeps you alive, it's easy to get wistful about what is important. It's not the posses...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2021
  • Length: 04:47:45
  • Purchases: 5
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1. (Short) Searching for the 1st R&R record on Saturday Night NOLA radio from Saturday 9pm to midnight on KFCF Fresno 2. (Short) Locally o...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2021
  • Length: 02:58:38
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Caption: The Universals
Scratching through another corner of my endless musical library - I found a great deal of songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 03:56:06
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Caption: Little Ray
Little Ray was a Los Angeles sensation because he could command a stage and audience - a talent that stood out even in a city full of entertainers....

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:14
  • Purchases: 4
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Featuring the music from J&S records, a record company started by a Black woman in 1956, Zell Sanders. Also couplets of sound-alike songs. Two un...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:21
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Caption: 4 Pennies
The first rock and roll music arguably was centered in the post World War II era when a new music captured the imagination and hope of people in th...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:15
  • Purchases: 4