A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs

By Andrew Hickey

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Tim N
 Mar 3, 2021
First one of yours I've heard. I'm hooked. Love the depth, the layers you drove into. Being from the States, appreciated the setting the geographical scene and explaining the role that played.

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 Jul 7, 2020
Thank you so much for these amazing stories, especially 'Songs our daddy taught us' helps me relax and so do you as we all are trying to get through some tough times. I am telling my friends, as requested.

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Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock music from 1938 to 1999, looking at five hundred songs that shaped the genre.

Episode Date
Episode 128: “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds
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Jul 22, 2021
Episode 127: “Ticket to Ride” by the Beatles
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Jul 13, 2021
Episode 126: “For Your Love” by the Yardbirds
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Jul 01, 2021
PLEDGE WEEK: “Hey Little Cobra” by the Rip Chords
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Jun 21, 2021
PLEDGE WEEK: “Farmer John” by Don and Dewey
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Jun 20, 2021
PLEDGE WEEK: “Papa Oom Mow Mow” by the Rivingtons
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Jun 19, 2021
PLEDGE WEEK: “Muleskinner Blues” by the Fendermen
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Jun 18, 2021
Episode 125: “Here Comes the Night” by Them
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Jun 18, 2021
PLEDGE WEEK: “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto
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Jun 17, 2021
PLEDGE WEEK: “Any Other Way” by Jackie Shane
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Jun 16, 2021
PLEDGE WEEK: “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul
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This is a bonus episode, part of Pledge Week 2021. Patreon backers get one of these with every episode of the main podcast. If you want to get those, and to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/andrewhickey to sign up for a dollar a month or more. 

Click below for the transcript.

Jun 15, 2021
ADMIN: Pledge Week 2021
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Transcript

About a year ago I did a pledge week, to encourage people to back me on Patreon. This seemed relatively successful, so I'm going to do it again.

For those who don't know, the podcast is supported by listeners pledging money on the crowdfunding site Patreon. Listeners can give $1 a month or more, and I use that to fund the project. They also get various other bonus things, like the ability to send me private messages, free copies of my books for those on higher tiers, and so on.

Some of those bonuses haven't been that frequent in the last few months, as between the pandemic, various things in my personal life and health, and the disruption caused by a false DMCA claim, this has been the single most difficult six months of my life to date, as you can probably tell from the disrupted schedule recently, though I'm now trying to get back on track with everything.

But one bonus they always get, and have for two years, is a ten-minute or so extra podcast along with every regular episode. Anyone backing the Patreon at a dollar a month or more gets access to those as they come out, plus to the ninety or so old ones I've already done.

So this week, like last year, I'm going to give everyone a taste of what the backers get -- every day for a week I'm going to upload an old Patreon bonus episode, in the hope that some of you like what you hear enough to sign up for the Patreon.

However, I want to make something very clear -- I only want you to sign up *if you can afford to*. New signups mean I can afford to do this podcast without having to add advertising and so on, but I know that a lot of people are having financial problems right now. If you have enough money after looking after yourself and your family, and after any charitable giving and so on to actual important causes, that you feel able to throw a dollar a month to someone talking about music, great. If you don't, then please don't feel obliged, and the podcast will continue to be free.

The next proper episode of the podcast, on "Here Comes the Night" by Them, will be up in a day or two -- I'm recording it right after I upload this and the first of the Pledge Week episodes, which will be on "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul, and it'll be up as soon as it's edited. In the meantime, enjoy the free bonuses.

Jun 15, 2021
Episode 124: “People Get Ready” by the Impressions
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Jun 08, 2021
Episode 123: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by the Righteous Brothers
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May 25, 2021
Episode 122: “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
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May 18, 2021
Episode 121: “The Leader of the Pack” by the Shangri-Las
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May 06, 2021
Episode 120: “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles
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This week's episode, the first on the new host, looks at "A Hard Day's Night", and the making of the film that would define music cinema for decades to come. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Tobacco Road" by the Nashville Teens.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

Apr 27, 2021
Admin Note: Podcast Host Moved
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A quick admin note about why the podcast has changed hosts. Click through for the transcript.

Apr 14, 2021
Episode 119: “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks
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Apr 05, 2021
Episode 118: “Do-Wah-Diddy-Diddy” by Manfred Mann
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Mar 28, 2021
Episode 117: “Don’t Worry Baby” by the Beach Boys
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Mar 20, 2021
Episode 116: “Where Did Our Love Go?” by The Supremes
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Mar 10, 2021
Episode 115: “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals
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Feb 27, 2021
Episode 114: “My Boy Lollipop” by Millie
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Feb 18, 2021
Episode 113: “Needles and Pins” by The Searchers
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Feb 08, 2021
Episode 112: “She Loves You” by The Beatles
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Jan 30, 2021
Episode 111: “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas
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Jan 20, 2021
Episode 110: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes
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Jan 09, 2021
BONUS: A Tribute to Gerry Marsden
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Jan 03, 2021
Episode 109: “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Peter, Paul, and Mary
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Dec 23, 2020
Episode 108: “I Wanna Be Your Man” by the Rolling Stones
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Dec 16, 2020
BONUS: I Read The NewsToday Oh Boy: The Kennedy Assassination
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Dec 16, 2020
Episode 107: “Surf City” by Jan and Dean
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Dec 08, 2020
Episode 106: “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen
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Dec 02, 2020
Episode 105: “Green Onions” by Booker T. and the MGs
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Nov 24, 2020
Episode 104: “He’s a Rebel” by “The Crystals”
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Nov 16, 2020
BONUS: I Read The News Today Oh Boy — The Profumo Affair
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Nov 16, 2020
Episode 103: “Hitch-Hike” by Marvin Gaye
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Nov 05, 2020
Episode 102: “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers
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Oct 26, 2020
Episode 101: “Telstar” by the Tornados
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Apologies for the lateness of this one -- my two-week break got extended when my computer broke down.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Wipe Out" by the Surfaris.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

Oct 17, 2020
BONUS: I Read The News Today, Oh Boy: The Cuban Missile Crisis
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Oct 06, 2020
Episode 100: “Love Me Do” by the Beatles
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Sep 26, 2020
Episode 99: “Surfin’ Safari” by the Beach Boys
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Sep 25, 2020
Episode 98: “I’ve Just Fallen For Someone” by Adam Faith
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Sep 15, 2020
Episode 97: “Song to Woody” by Bob Dylan
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Sep 10, 2020
Episode 96: “The Loco-Motion” by Little Eva
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Sep 01, 2020
Episode 95: “You Better Move On” by Arthur Alexander
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Aug 27, 2020
BONUS: “Strawberry Fair” by Anthony Newley
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Aug 24, 2020
Episode 94: “Stand By Me”, by Ben E. King
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Aug 18, 2020
Episode 93: “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes
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Aug 10, 2020
Episode 92: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens
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Aug 02, 2020
Episode 91: “The Twist” by Chubby Checker
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Jul 25, 2020
PLEDGE WEEK: “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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Jul 19, 2020
Episode 90: “Runaway” by Del Shannon
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Jul 18, 2020
PLEDGE WEEK: “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots” by the Cheers
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Jul 18, 2020
PLEDGE WEEK: “Ain’t Got No Home” by Clarence “Frogman” Henry
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Jul 17, 2020
PLEDGE WEEK: “Shake a Hand” by Faye Adams
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Jul 16, 2020
PLEDGE WEEK: “Blue Yodel #9” by Jimmie Rodgers
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Jul 15, 2020
PLEDGE WEEK: “The Flying Saucer” by Buchanan and Goodman
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Jul 14, 2020
PLEDGE WEEK BONUS: “Chantilly Lace” by the Big Bopper
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Jul 13, 2020
Episode 89: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” by the Shirelles
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Jul 10, 2020
Episode 88: “Cathy’s Clown” by the Everly Brothers
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Jul 02, 2020
Episode 87: “Apache” by the Shadows
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Jun 23, 2020
Episode 86: “LSD-25” by the Gamblers
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Jun 10, 2020
Episode 85: “Three Steps to Heaven” by Eddie Cochran
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Jun 05, 2020
Episode 84: “Shakin’ All Over” by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
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May 28, 2020
Episode 83: “Only The Lonely” by Roy Orbison
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May 22, 2020
Episode 82: “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley
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May 14, 2020
Episode 81: “Shout” by the Isley Brothers
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May 04, 2020
Episode 80: “Money” by Barrett Strong
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Apr 27, 2020
Episode 79: “Sweet Nothin’s” by Brenda Lee
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Apr 22, 2020
Episode 78: “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles
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Apr 13, 2020
Episode 77: “Brand New Cadillac” by Vince Taylor and the Playboys
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Apr 07, 2020
Episode 76: “Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Price
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Mar 31, 2020
Episode 75: “There Goes My Baby” by the Drifters
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Mar 23, 2020
Episode 74: “It Doesn’t Matter Any More” by Buddy Holly
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Mar 17, 2020
Episode 73: “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens
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Mar 09, 2020
Episode 72: “Trouble” by Elvis Presley
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Mar 02, 2020
Episode 71: “Willie and the Hand Jive” by Johnny Otis
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Feb 24, 2020
Episode 70: “Move It” by Cliff Richard and the Drifters
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Feb 17, 2020
Episode 69: “Fujiyama Mama” by Wanda Jackson
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Feb 10, 2020
Episode 68: “Yakety Yak” by the Coasters
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Feb 04, 2020
Episode 67: “Johnny B. Goode”, by Chuck Berry
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Jan 27, 2020
Episode 66: “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Jan 20, 2020
Episode 65: “Maybe” by the Chantels
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Jan 13, 2020
Episode Sixty-Four: “Reet Petite” by Jackie Wilson
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Jan 06, 2020
Episode 63: “Susie Q” by Dale Hawkins
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Dec 30, 2019
Episode 62: “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley
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Dec 22, 2019
Episode 61: “That’ll Be the Day” by The Crickets
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Dec 16, 2019
Episode 60: “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke
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Dec 09, 2019
Book Announcement
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Dec 09, 2019
Episode 59: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Dec 02, 2019
Episode 58: “Mr. Lee” by the Bobbettes
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Nov 25, 2019
Episode 57: “Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men
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Nov 18, 2019
Episode 56: “Bye Bye Love” by the Everly Brothers
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Episode fifty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brotherss, and at the history of country close harmony. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Short Fat Fannie" by Larry Williams.

Nov 11, 2019
Episode 55: “Searchin'” by the Coasters
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Nov 04, 2019
Episode 54: “Keep A Knockin'” by Little Richard
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Oct 28, 2019
Episode 53: “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
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Oct 21, 2019
Episode 52: “Twenty Flight Rock”, by Eddie Cochran
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Oct 14, 2019
Episode 51: “Matchbox” by Carl Perkins
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Oct 07, 2019
BONUS: Question and Answer Episode 2
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Sep 30, 2019
BONUS: Question and Answer Episode 1
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Sep 23, 2019
Episode 50: “Honky Tonk” by Bill Doggett
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Sep 16, 2019
Episode 49: “Love is Strange” by Mickey and Sylvia
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Sep 09, 2019
Episode 48: “Rock With the Caveman” by Tommy Steele
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Sep 02, 2019
Episode 47: “Goodnight My Love” by Jesse Belvin
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Aug 26, 2019
Episode 46: “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” by Chuck Berry
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Aug 19, 2019
Episode 45: “Blueberry Hill”, by Fats Domino
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Aug 11, 2019
Episode 44: “Train Kept A-Rollin'”, by Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio
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Aug 05, 2019
Episode 43: “I Gotta Know” by Wanda Jackson
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Jul 29, 2019
Episode 42: “Ooby Dooby” by Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings
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Jul 22, 2019
Episode 41: “Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Gene Vincent and the Bluecaps
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Jul 15, 2019
Episode 40: “Drugstore Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Janis Martin
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Jul 07, 2019
Episode 39: “Please Please Please” by James Brown and the Famous Flames
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Jul 01, 2019
Episode 38: “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley
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Jun 24, 2019
Episode 37: “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash
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Jun 16, 2019
Episode 36: “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins
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Jun 09, 2019
Episode 35: “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
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Jun 03, 2019
Episode 34: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard
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May 28, 2019
Episode 33: “Mystery Train”, by Elvis Presley
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May 20, 2019
Episode 32: “I Got A Woman” by Ray Charles
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May 13, 2019
Episode 31: “Only You” by the Platters
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May 06, 2019
Episode 30: “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley
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Apr 29, 2019
Episode 29: “Maybellene” by Chuck Berry
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Apr 22, 2019
Episode 28: “Sincerely” by the Moonglows
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Apr 14, 2019
Episode 27: “Tweedle Dee” by LaVern Baker
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Apr 07, 2019
Episode 26: “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino
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Apr 01, 2019
Episode 25: “Earth Angel” by the Penguins
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Mar 26, 2019
Episode 24: “Ko Ko Mo” by Gene and Eunice
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Mar 18, 2019
Episode 23: “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace
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Mar 11, 2019
Episode 22: “The Wallflower” by Etta James
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Mar 04, 2019
Episode 21: “Rock Island Line” by Lonnie Donegan
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Feb 25, 2019
Episode 20: “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets
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Feb 18, 2019
Episode 19: “That’s All Right, Mama” by Elvis Presley
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Feb 11, 2019
Episode 18: “Sh-Boom” by the Chords
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Feb 04, 2019
Episode 17: “Money Honey” by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters
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Jan 28, 2019
Episode 16: “Crazy Man Crazy” by Bill Haley and the Comets
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Jan 21, 2019
Episode 15: “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton
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Jan 14, 2019
Episode 14″Jambalaya” by Hank Williams
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Jan 07, 2019
Episode 13: “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” by Ruth Brown
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Dec 31, 2018
Episode 12: “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” by Lloyd Price
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Dec 23, 2018
“Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats
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Dec 16, 2018
Episode 10: “Double Crossin’ Blues”, by Johnny Otis, Little Esther, and the Robins
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Dec 09, 2018
Episode 9: “How High The Moon” by Les Paul and Mary Ford
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Dec 03, 2018
Episode 8: “The Fat Man” by Fats Domino
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Nov 26, 2018
Episode 7: Wynonie Harris and “Good Rockin’ Tonight”
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Nov 19, 2018
Episode 6: The Ink Spots — “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”
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Nov 12, 2018
Episode 5: Rosetta Tharpe and “This Train”
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Nov 05, 2018
Episode 4: “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” by Louis Jordan
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Oct 29, 2018
A Disclaimer
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Oct 21, 2018
Episode 3: “Ida Red” by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
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Oct 21, 2018
Episode 2: “Roll ‘Em Pete” by Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson
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Oct 14, 2018
Episode 1: “Flying Home” by the Benny Goodman Sextet
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Oct 07, 2018
Introduction
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Sep 30, 2018