A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

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February 24, 2020  

REUPLOAD Episode 71: “Willie and the Hand Jive” by Johnny Otis

Johnny Otis holding a guitar, with the Three Tons of Joy, by a street sign saying "London"

Note: This is a new version because I uploaded the wrong file originally

 

Episode seventy-one of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs continues our look at British music TV by looking at the first time it affected American R&B, and is also our final look at Johnny Otis.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Short Shorts" by the Royal Teens, a group whose members went on to be far more important than one might expect. 

Also, this is the first of hopefully many podcasts to come where 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/

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February 17, 2020  

Episode 70: “Move It” by Cliff Richard and the Drifters

 Cliff Richard on "Oh Boy"

Episode seventy of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs looks at "Move It" by Cliff Richard, and the beginning of rock and roll TV in the UK. 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 "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson, another artist whose career was made by TV, and one who influenced Cliff Richard hugely.

 

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February 10, 2020  

Episode 69: “Fujiyama Mama” by Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson in Japan, with unidentified Japanese woman, both in kimonos

Episode sixty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson, and the first rock and roller to become "big in Japan" 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 "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley.

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February 4, 2020  

Episode 68: “Yakety Yak” by the Coasters

The Coasters

Episode sixty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Searchin'" by The Coasters, and at the group's greatest success and split, and features discussion of racism, plagiarism, STDs and Phil Spector. 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 "Tears on My Pillow" by Little Anthony and the Imperials

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