Episode 121: “The Leader of the Pack” by the Shangri-Las

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The Shangri-Las

Episode one hundred and twenty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “The Leader of the Pack”, the rise and fall of Red Bird Records, and the end of the death disc trend. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 94: “Stand By Me”, by Ben E. King

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Ben E. King

Episode ninety-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, and at the later career of the Drifters. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 89: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” by the Shirelles

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The Shirelles

Episode eighty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” by the Shirelles, and at the beginnings of the Brill Building sound. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 75: “There Goes My Baby” by the Drifters

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The Drifters

Episode seventy-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “There Goes My Baby” by the Drifters, and how a fake record label, a band sacked for drunkenness, and a kettledrum player who couldn’t play led to a genre-defining hit. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 58: “Mr. Lee” by the Bobbettes

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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.

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

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

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.

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Episode 32: “I Got A Woman” by Ray Charles

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Ray Charles at a piano

Welcome to episode thirty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This one looks at “I Got A Woman” by Ray Charles. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 27: “Tweedle Dee” by LaVern Baker

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LaVern Baker

Welcome to episode twenty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we’re looking at LaVern Baker and “Tweedle Dee”. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 17: “Money Honey” by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters

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Episode 17: "Money Honey" by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters
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Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters

Welcome to episode seventeen of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we’re looking at “Money Honey” by the Drifters. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 13: “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” by Ruth Brown

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Episode 13: "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean" by Ruth Brown
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Ruth Brown, with tambourine

Welcome to episode thirteen of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we’re looking at “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” by Ruth Brown. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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