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Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock and roll in five hundred songs.

Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock and roll in five hundred songs.
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Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock and roll in five hundred songs.

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English


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Episode 16: "Crazy Man Crazy" by Bill Haley and the Comets

1/21/2019
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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. ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. Unfortunately, there aren't many good books about Bill Haley available. There are two biographies which are...

Duration:00:53:54

Episode 15: "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton

1/14/2019
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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. ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode (along with one, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll", that got cut out of the eventual episode) I used three main resources for this...

Duration:00:53:50

Episode 14: "Jambalaya" by Hank Williams

1/7/2019
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Welcome to episode fourteen of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Jambalaya" by Hank Williams. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. ----more---- First, a brief apology -- this podcast is up about twenty hours later than normal. I used up my buffer over the Christmas and New Year period, and had to deal with some family stuff on Saturday, my usual day for recording new episodes, so everything...

Duration:00:43:10

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

12/30/2018
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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. ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. I used a few books for this podcast. One I haven't talked about before is Blue Rhythms: Six Lives in...

Duration:00:32:59

Episode 12: "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price

12/23/2018
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Welcome to episode twelve of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. Lloyd Price has written a few books. His autobiography is out of print and goes for silly money (and don't buy the...

Duration:00:46:51

Patreon Announcement

12/18/2018
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Transcript: This is not a proper episode of the podcast. This is just to announce that the first Patreon-only bonus episode of the podcast is up at patreon.com/andrewhickey for those who back me at any level. See the link on the show's website for a direct link to that podcast episode. Thank you. Link to bonus episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/23406506

Duration:00:00:27

Episode 11: "Rocket 88"

12/16/2018
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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. ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. Both "Rocket 88" and the Howlin' Wolf tune used here are on Memphis Vol. 3 - Recordings from the Legendary Sun...

Duration:00:43:53

Episode 10: Double Crossin' Blues, by Johnny Otis, Little Esther, and the Robins

12/9/2018
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Welcome to episode ten of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Double Crossin' Blues" by Johnny Otis, Little Esther, and the Robins. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. ----more---- Resources Like last week, this episode talks about a musician losing the use of some fingers. If you want to help others like Johnny Otis, you might want to check out a charity called the One-Handed Musical...

Duration:00:43:35

Episode 9: How High The Moon -- Les Paul and Mary Ford

12/2/2018
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Welcome to episode nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Les Paul and Mary Ford, and "How High The Moon". Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. ----more---- A couple of notes: This one is a few hours late, as I had some *severe* technical problems with the several previous attempts at recording this. This version was recorded starting around midnight on Sunday night, which is usually the...

Duration:00:36:00

Episode 8: The Fat Man and Fats Domino

11/25/2018
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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. ----more---- A couple of notes: This one originally ran very long, so I've had to edit it down rather ruthlessly -- I know one of the things people like about this podcast is that it only takes half an hour. I also had some technical issues, so you might...

Duration:00:38:01

Episode 7: Wynonie Harris and "Good Rockin' Tonight"

11/18/2018
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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" ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. All the music I talk about here is now in the public domain, and there are a lot of good cheap compilations available. This four-CD set of Wynonie Harris is probably the definitive one. This two-CD set of Roy Brown material...

Duration:00:48:49

Episode 6: The Ink Spots -- That's When Your Heartaches Begin

11/11/2018
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Welcome to episode six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at the Ink Spots and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. Unfortunately, listeners in the US may not be able to access this one -- Mixcloud doesn't allow USians to listen to streams when they have more than four songs in a row by the same artists, due to copyright...

Duration:00:50:22

Episode 5: Rosetta Tharpe and "This Train"

11/4/2018
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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" ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. Most of Rosetta Tharpe's music is now in the public domain, so there are a lot of compilations available. This one, at three CDs for four pounds, is probably the one to get. Almost all the information about Rosetta...

Duration:00:51:37

Episode 4: Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

10/28/2018
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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" ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. Louis Jordan's music is now in the public domain, so there are many different compilations available, of different levels of quality. This four-CD set is very cheap and has most of the classic tracks on. And here's a...

Duration:00:38:31

Episode 2a: A Disclaimer

10/21/2018
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Transcript This is not a full episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs. The full episode will also turn up in your podcatcher. But I thought I should do a separate episode as a disclaimer. I'm placing this one here because in the next epsiode proper I talk about "the king of Western swing" and I don't refer to Spade Cooley, and I thought I should explain why. You see, there were two people who were generally called “the King of Western Swing”, both had a good claim for it. One...

Duration:00:06:45

Episode 3: Ida Red

10/21/2018
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Welcome to episode three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Bob Wills and "Ida Red". ----more---- Resources As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. I mention a PhD thesis on the history of the backbeat in the episode. Here's a link to it. Bob Wills' music is now in the public domain, so there are many different compilations available, of different levels of quality. This is an...

Duration:00:41:39

Episode 2: Roll 'Em Pete

10/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:37:28

Episode 1: Flying Home

10/7/2018
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Welcome to the first episode proper of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs! As this is the first real episode, you may notice a couple of flaws in the production -- those will hopefully get ironed out in the coming weeks. In the meantime, sit back and listen to the story of "Flying Home" by the Benny Goodman Sextet! ----more---- Resources As always, I've put together a Mixcloud mix of all the songs talked about in this episode, which you can stream here. That mix has "Rhapsody in Blue"...

Duration:00:32:04

Episode 0: Introduction

9/30/2018
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Welcome to A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs! Episode 1, the first episode proper, is coming next week, but for now here's an introduction, laying out my plans for the series. As I say in the tag at the end of every episode, please, if you like this episode, tell someone about it -- word of mouth is important, especially with these early episodes. Resources Mentioned in the Podcast My book, California Dreaming: The LA Pop Music Scene and the 60s, available here. Transcript Rock...

Duration:00:11:27

The Theme Music

9/26/2018
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Episode zero -- a five minute intro to the podcast -- will be coming on Monday 1st October, and episode one, on "Flying Home" by Benny Goodman, will follow on Monday 8th October. But here, for those of you who want to set up your podcatchers in advance, is the intro I'll be using for all episodes. The theme music is "Rock and Roll" by the Boswell Sisters, from 1934, and is available on The Boswell Sisters Collection 1925-36, which you can buy here.

Duration:00:00:17