A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

“Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets

Bill Haley playing guitar while his bass player and saxophonist lie on the floor playing their instruments

 

Welcome to episode twenty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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“Crazy Man Crazy” by Bill Haley and the Comets

Bill Haley and the Saddlemen

 

Welcome to episode sixteen of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Crazy Man Crazy" by Bill Haley and the Comets. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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“Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama Thornton

 

Welcome to episode fifteen of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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“Rocket 88″ by Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats

Jackie Brenston singing and holding a saxophone, waving his hand in the air, while Ike Turner looks on from the side, at the piano. Turner looks significantly less happy than Brenston. Caption says "Jackie Brenston the Terrific Rocket 88"

Welcome to episode eleven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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“The Fat Man” by Fats Domino

 Fats Domino

 

Welcome to episode eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Fats Domino and "The Fat Man". Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Wynonie Harris and “Good Rockin’ Tonight”

A photo of Wynonie Harris

Welcome to episode seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Wynonie Harris and "Good Rockin' Tonight"

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Rosetta Tharpe and “This Train”

 Photo of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

 

Welcome to episode five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Sister Rosetta Tharpe and "This Train"

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“Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” by Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan smiling and pointing at the camera, with a saxophone on his knee

Welcome to episode four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Louis Jordan and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie"

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“Ida Red” by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

 Photo of Bob Wills in a cowboy hat

Welcome to episode three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Bob Wills and "Ida Red".

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“Roll ‘Em Pete” by Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson

Big Joe Turner singing, with a bass player behind him

 

Here's the second episode, on "Roll 'Em Pete" by Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson. One erratum before we continue -- in the episode, I say that "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" follows a particular formula common in hokum songs. That's not actually true for the original version -- it is true for Bill Haley's cover version, and Elvis' and the versions after them, but in Joe Turner's version the part we now know as the chorus didn't come in until near the end. Sorry about the mistake.

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