A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

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December 2, 2019  

Episode 59: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis at a piano

Episode fifty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" by Jerry Lee Lewis. 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 "So Long I'm Gone" by Warren Smith.

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November 25, 2019  

Episode 58: “Mr. Lee” by the Bobbettes

The Bobbettes

Episode fifty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Mr. Lee" by the Bobbettes, and at the lbirth of the girl group sound. 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 "Little Bitty Pretty One", by Thurston Harris.

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November 18, 2019  

Episode 57: “Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Billy Lee RIley

 Billy Lee Riley

 

Episode fifty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll" by Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men, and at the flying saucer craze of the fifties. 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 "Silhouettes" by the Rays, and the power of subliminal messages.

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November 11, 2019  

Episode 56: “Bye Bye Love” by the Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers

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.

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November 4, 2019  

Episode 55: “Searchin’” by the Coasters

The "classic" Coasters lineup, in 1958

Episode fifty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Searchin'" by The Coasters, and at the lineup changes and conflicts that led to them becoming the perfect vehicle for Leiber and Stoller. 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 "Raunchy" by Bill Justis.

 

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October 28, 2019  

Episode 54: Keep A Knockin

Little Richard

Episode fifty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Keep A Knockin'" by Little Richard, the long history of the song, and the tension between its performer's faith and sexuality. 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 "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

 

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October 21, 2019  

Episode 53: “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Screamin' Jay Hawkins, with a bone through his nose, holding a skull

Episode fifty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and the career of a man who had more than fifty more children than hit records. 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 "Since I Met You Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter

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October 14, 2019  

Episode 52: “Twenty Flight Rock”, by Eddie Cochran

Eddie Cochran playing guitar

Episode fifty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Twenty Flight Rock" by Eddie Cochran, and at the first great rock and roll film 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 "Teen-Age Crush" by Tommy Sands.

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October 7, 2019  

Episode 51: “Matchbox” by Carl Perkins

Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash stand around Elvis (seated)

Episode fifty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Matchbox" by Carl Perkins, and at the session that turned into the historic Million Dollar Quartet jam session. 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 "Blue Yodel #9" by Jimmie Rodgers.

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September 30, 2019  

BONUS: Question and Answer Episode 2

This week's episode of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs is the second of two bonus episodes answering listener questions at the end of the first year of the podcast. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. Patreon backers also have a bonus podcast, answering even more questions.

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