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

A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
Episode 52: "Twenty Flight Rock", by Eddie Cochran
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Eddie Cochran performing "Twenty Flight Rock"

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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Episode 39: “Please Please Please” by James Brown and the Famous Flames

A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
Episode 39: "Please Please Please" by James Brown and the Famous Flames
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James Brown at a piano

Episode thirty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Please Please Please” by James Brown, and at the early rock and roll career of the Godfather of Soul. 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 “Come Go With Me” by the Del Vikings.

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Episode 34: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard

A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
Episode 34: "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard
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Little Richard

Episode thirty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard, and at the rather more family-unfriendly subject the song was originally about. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Also, a reminder for those who didn’t see the previous post — my patreon backers are now getting ten-minute mini-episodes every week, and the first one is up, and I guested on Jaffa Cake Jukebox this week, talking about the UK top twenty for January 18 1957.

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Episode 15: “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton

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A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
Episode 15: "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton
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Willie Mae "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

A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
"Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats
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A poster showing Jackie Brenston in front with his saxophone, while Ike Turner glowers at him from the piano in the background

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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