Episode 38: “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley

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Episode 38: "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley
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Elvis Presley

Episode thirty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley, and is part three of a trilogy on the aftermath of Elvis leaving Sun, and the birth of rockabilly. 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 “The Flying Saucer” by Buchanan and Goodman.

Also, it came too late for me to acknowledge in the episode itself, but I have to mention the sad news that Dave Bartholomew died today, aged 100. He will be missed.

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Episode 37: “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash

Episode thirty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash, and is part two of a trilogy on the aftermath of Elvis leaving Sun, and the birth of rockabilly. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a thirteen-minute bonus episode available, on “Don’t Be Angry” by Nappy Brown.

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Episode 36: “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins

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Carl Perkins

Episode thirty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins, and is part one of a trilogy on the aftermath of Elvis leaving Sun, and the birth of rockabilly. 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 “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots” by the Cheers.

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Episode 33: “Mystery Train”, by Elvis Presley

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Episode 33: "Mystery Train", by Elvis Presley
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Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker

Welcome to episode thirty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This one looks at “Mystery Train” by Elvis Presley. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 23: “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace

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Johnny Ace

Welcome to episode twenty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we’re looking at “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Also, remember I’m three-quarters of the way through the Kickstarter for the first book based on this series.

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Episode 19: “That’s All Right, Mama” by Elvis Presley

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Episode 19: "That's All Right, Mama" by Elvis Presley
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Elvis Presley in 1954

Welcome to episode nineteen of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we’re looking at “That’s All Right Mama” by Elvis Presley. 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

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"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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