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A History Of Rock Music 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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Episode 100: "Love Me Do" by the Beatles

September 25th, 2020

1:33:27

This week there are two episiodes of the podcast going up, both of them longer than normal. This one, episode one hundred, is the hundredth-episode special and is an hour and a half long. It looks at the early career …

Episode 99: "Surfin' Safari" by the Beach Boys

September 25th, 2020

54:23

This week there are two episiodes of the podcast going up, both of them longer than normal. This one, episode ninety-nine, is on "Surfin' Safari" by the Beach Boys, and the group's roots in LA, and is fifty minutes …

Admin Note

September 22nd, 2020

1:46

Transcript

 

This is a couple of quick announcements.

Tomorrow or the day after, I will be posting two new episodes, both much longer than normal – episodes ninety-nine and one hundred. I just want to say in advance …

Episode 98: "I've Just Fallen For Someone" by Adam Faith

September 15th, 2020

30:10

Episode ninety-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "I've Just Fallen For Someone" by Adam Faith, and is our final look …

Episode 97: "Song to Woody" by Bob Dylan

September 10th, 2020

50:23

 

Episode ninety-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Song To Woody" by Bob Dylan, and at the Greenwich Village folk …

Episode 96: "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva

September 1st, 2020

36:48

Episode ninety-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva, and how a demo by Carole King's …

Episode 95: "You Better Move On" by Arthur Alexander

August 27th, 2020

37:15

Episode ninety-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "You Better Move On", and the sad story of Arthur Alexander. Click the …

BONUS: "Strawberry Fair" by Anthony Newley

August 24th, 2020

28:28

This is a special extra episode of the podcast, not one of the "proper" five hundred. A book I've written, on the TV series The Strange World of Gurney Slade, has just become available for pre-order from Obverse Books, …

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

August 18th, 2020

36:35

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. …

Episode 93: "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes

August 10th, 2020

33:51

Episode ninety-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes, and the career of the first …

Episode 92: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens

August 2nd, 2020

40:20

Episode ninety-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, and at a seventy-year-long …

Episode 91: "The Twist" by Chubby Checker

July 25th, 2020

36:22

Episode ninety-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, and how the biggest hit single ever had …

PLEDGE WEEK: "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford

July 19th, 2020

12:14

Welcome to the seventh and final in the Pledge Week series of episodes, putting up old bonus episodes posted to my Patreon in an attempt to encourage …

Episode 90: "Runaway" by Del Shannon

July 18th, 2020

32:06

Episode ninety of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Runaway" by Del Shannon, and at the early use of synthesised sound in rock …

PLEDGE WEEK: "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" by the Cheers

July 18th, 2020

11:54

Welcome to the sixth in the Pledge Week series of episodes, putting up old bonus episodes posted to my Patreon in an attempt to encourage more …

PLEDGE WEEK: "Ain't Got No Home" by Clarence "Frogman" Henry

July 17th, 2020

13:16

Welcome to the fifth in the Pledge Week series of episodes, putting up old bonus episodes posted to my Patreon in an attempt to encourage more …

PLEDGE WEEK: "Shake a Hand" by Faye Adams

July 16th, 2020

13:35

Welcome to the fourth in the Pledge Week series of episodes, putting up old bonus episodes posted to my Patreon in an attempt to encourage more …

PLEDGE WEEK: "Blue Yodel #9" by Jimmie Rodgers

July 15th, 2020

12:07

Welcome to the third in the Pledge Week series of episodes, putting up old bonus episodes posted to my Patreon in an attempt to encourage more …

PLEDGE WEEK: "The Flying Saucer" by Buchanan and Goodman

July 14th, 2020

12:20

Welcome to the second in the Pledge Week series of episodes, putting up old bonus episodes posted to my Patreon in an attempt to encourage more …

PLEDGE WEEK BONUS: "Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper

July 13th, 2020

13:11

Welcome to Pledge Week! I'm doing a week of posting some of the Patreon bonuses I've done, to encourage those who can to sign up to my Patreon.

Every day of Pledge Week will start with the same section, which I'll …

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

July 10th, 2020

37:37

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 …

Episode 88: "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Brothers

July 2nd, 2020

39:48

Episode eighty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers, and at how after signing the biggest contract in music business history their career was sabotaged …

Episode 87: "Apache" by the Shadows

June 23rd, 2020

47:22

Episode eighty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Apache", by the Shadows, and at the three years in which they and Cliff Richard were on top of the music world. Patreon backers also have …

Apology for Delay

June 18th, 2020

0:28

This is just an apology for this week's episode being late. There have been massive thunderstorms in my area, which have fried some bits of local …

Episode 86: "LSD-25" by the Gamblers

June 10th, 2020

42:34

Episode eighty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "LSD-25" by the Gamblers, the first rock song ever to namecheck acid, and a song by a band so obscure no photos exist of them. (The photo …

Episode 85: "Three Steps to Heaven" by Eddie Cochran

June 5th, 2020

42:42

Episode eighty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Three Steps to Heaven" by Eddie Cochran, and at the British tour …

The Show Must Be Paused

June 2nd, 2020

8:46

 

Today's podcast is eight minutes and forty-six seconds of silence. 

Episode 84: "Shakin' All Over" by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates

May 28th, 2020

50:14

Episode eighty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Shakin' All Over" by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and how the first great British R&B band interacted with the entertainment industry. …

Episode 83: "Only the Lonely" by Roy Orbison

May 21st, 2020

38:24

Episode eighty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Only the Lonely" by Roy Orbison, and how Orbison finally found …

Episode 82: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley

May 14th, 2020

34:45

Episode eighty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley, and the way his promising comeback after leaving the Army quickly got derailed. This episode …

Episode 81: "Shout" by the Isley Brothers

May 4th, 2020

31:52

Episode eighty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Shout" by the Isley Brothers, and the beginnings of a career that …

Episode 80: "Money" by Barrett Strong

April 27th, 2020

33:31

Episode eighty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Money" by Barrett Strong, the dispute over its authorship, and the start …

Episode 79: "Sweet Nothin's" by Brenda Lee

April 22nd, 2020

35:24

Episode seventy-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Sweet Nothin's" by Brenda Lee, and at the career of a performer who started in the 1940s and who was most recently in the top ten only …

Episode 77: "Brand New Cadillac" by Vince Taylor and the Playboys

April 7th, 2020

44:03

 

Episode seventy-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Brand New Cadillac" by Vince Taylor and the Playboys, and the sad …

Episode 76: "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price

March 31st, 2020

45:25

Episode seventy-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price, and how a barroom fight 125 years ago led to a song performed by everyone from Ma Rainey to Neil Diamond. …

Episode 75: "There Goes My Baby" by the Drifters

March 23rd, 2020

34:50

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 …

Episode 74: "It Doesn't Matter Any More" by Buddy Holly

March 17th, 2020

43:37

Episode seventy-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "It Doesn't Matter Any More" by Buddy Holly, and at the reasons he …

Episode 73: "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens

March 9th, 2020

31:20

Episode seventy-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, and is the first of a two-part story …

Episode 72: "Trouble" by Elvis Presley

March 2nd, 2020

34:26

Episode seventy-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Trouble" by Elvis Presley, his induction into the army, and his …

REUPLOAD Episode 71: "Willie and the Hand Jive" by Johnny Otis

February 24th, 2020

40:02

Note: This is a new version because I uploaded the wrong file originally

 

Episode seventy-one of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs continues our look at British music TV by looking at the first time it affected …

Episode 70: "Move It" by Cliff Richard and the Drifters

February 17th, 2020

33:56

 

Episode seventy of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs looks at "Move It" by Cliff Richard, and the beginning of rock and roll TV in the UK. Click …

Episode 69: "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson

February 10th, 2020

37:10

Episode sixty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson, and the first rock and roller to …

Episode 68: "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters

February 4th, 2020

38:52

Episode sixty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Searchin'" by The Coasters, and at the group's greatest success and split, and features discussion of racism, plagiarism, STDs and Phil …

Episode 67: "Johnny B. Goode", by Chuck Berry

January 27th, 2020

36:20

 

Episode sixty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, and the decline and fall of both …

Episode 66: "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis

January 20th, 2020

36:04

Episode sixty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis. Click the full post to read …

Episode 65: "Maybe" by the Chantels

January 13th, 2020

36:09

 

Episode sixty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Maybe" by the Chantels, and covers child stardom, hymns in Latin, …

Episode Sixty-Four: "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson

January 6th, 2020

44:36

 

Episode sixty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson, and features talent contests with too much talent, the prehistory of Motown, a song banned by the BBC, and …

Episode 63: "Susie Q", by Dale Hawkins

December 30th, 2019

38:55

 

Episode sixty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Susie Q" by Dale Hawkins, and at the difference between rockabilly …

Guest Appearance Announcement

December 23rd, 2019

Transcript

 

Hello. I am currently staying at my in-laws for Xmas without my recording equipment, and also have a cold, so apologies for how this …

Episode 62: "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley

December 22nd, 2019

31:22

 

Episode sixty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley, and at his relationships with …

Episode Sixty-One: "That'll Be the Day", by the Crickets

December 16th, 2019

38:24

 

Episode sixty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "That'll Be the Day" by The Crickets. Click the full post to read …

Episode Sixty: "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke

December 9th, 2019

41:37

Episode sixty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke Click the full post to read liner notes, links to …

Book Announcement

December 9th, 2019

1:00

Transcript

This is just a quick announcement that the book based on the first fifty episodes of the podcast is now available for purchase. From Savoy Stompers to Clock Rockers covers forty-nine of the first fifty …

Episode 59: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" by Jerry Lee Lewis

December 2nd, 2019

36:54

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 …

Episode 58: "Mr. Lee" by the Bobbettes

November 25th, 2019

34:24

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. …

Episode 57: "Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll" by Billy Lee RIley

November 18th, 2019

37:09

 

 

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 …

Episode 56: "Bye Bye Love" by the Everly Brothers

November 11th, 2019

36:36

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 …

Episode 55: "Searchin'" by the Coasters

November 4th, 2019

34:13

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 …

Episode 54: Keep A Knockin

October 28th, 2019

35:30

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 …

Episode 53: "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

October 21st, 2019

40:23

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 …

Episode 52: "Twenty Flight Rock", by Eddie Cochran

October 14th, 2019

35:39

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 …

Episode 51: "Matchbox" by Carl Perkins

October 7th, 2019

35:03

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 …

BONUS: Question and Answer Episode 2

September 30th, 2019

30:17

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 …

BONUS: Question and Answer Episode 1

September 23rd, 2019

36:21

This week's episode of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs is the first of two bonus episodes answering listener questions at the end of …

Episode 50: "Honky Tonk", by Bill Doggett

September 16th, 2019

37:40

Episode fifty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Honky Tonk" by Bill Doggett, and uses his career to provide a brief summary of the earlier episodes of the podcast as we're now moving forward …

Brief Announcement Before Episode 50

September 15th, 2019

1:44

This is just a quick note to tell people about the plans for the next couple of weeks.
Later today I'll be putting up episode fifty of the podcast, which is in a way a summary of all the episodes that came previously.
I …

Episode 49: "Love is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia

September 9th, 2019

36:50

Welcome to episode forty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This one looks at "Love is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia, and how a reluctant bluesman who wrote books on jazz guitar, and a failed child …

Episode 48: "Rock With the Caveman" by Tommy Steele

September 2nd, 2019

32:02

Welcome to episode forty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This one looks at "Rock With the Caveman" by Tommy Steele, and the …

Episode 47: "Goodnight My Love" by Jesse Belvin

August 26th, 2019

38:08

Welcome to episode forty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This one looks at "Goodnight My Love" by Jesse Belvin, and at the …

Episode 46: "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" by Chuck Berry

August 19th, 2019

34:39

Episode forty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" by the Chuck Berry Combo, and how Berry tried to square the circle of social commentary and teen appeal. Click the …

Episode 45: "Blueberry Hill", by Fats Domino

August 12th, 2019

33:35

Episode forty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino, and at how the racial tensions of the …

Episode 44: "Train Kept A-Rollin'", by Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio

August 5th, 2019

31:52

 

Episode forty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Train Kept A-Rollin'" by Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, …

Episode 43: "I Gotta Know" by Wanda Jackson

July 29th, 2019

30:38

Episode forty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "I Gotta Know" by Wanda Jackson, and the links between rockabilly and …

Episode 42: "Ooby Dooby" by Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings

July 22nd, 2019

30:14

Episode forty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Ooby Dooby" by Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings, and the time when Sam …

Episode 41: "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent and the Bluecaps

July 15th, 2019

33:37

Episode forty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and how Vincent …

Episode 40: "Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll" by Janis Martin

July 7th, 2019

29:59

Episode forty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll", by Janis Martin, an early rockabilly classic by …

Episode 39: "Please Please Please" by James Brown and the Famous Flames

July 1st, 2019

32:50

 

 

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 …

Episode 38: "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley

June 24th, 2019

31:42

NB This is a new version -- I accidentally uploaded the wrong file previously

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 …

Episode 37: "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash

June 17th, 2019

34:45

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 …

Episode 36: "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins

June 9th, 2019

28:57

 

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 …

Episode 35: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

June 3rd, 2019

31:44

Episode thirty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, and …

Episode 34: "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard

May 28th, 2019

35:30

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 …

Announcement -- Guest appearance and Patreon Bonus

May 28th, 2019

1:04

This is just a quick announcement to let listeners know about a couple of things you might be interested in.

The first is that, today, I'm guesting on Jaffa Cake Jukebox, an occasional podcast by Tilt and Gary of The …

Episode 33: "Mystery Train", by Elvis Presley

May 20th, 2019

36:42

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 …

Episode 32: "I Got A Woman" by Ray Charles

May 13th, 2019

33:32

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 …

Episode 31: "Only You" by the Platters

May 6th, 2019

34:53

Welcome to episode thirty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This one looks at "Only You" by the Platters. Click the full post to …

Episode 30: "Bo Diddley" by "Bo Diddley

April 29th, 2019

38:10

Welcome to episode thirty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This is the last of our three-part look at Chess Records, and focuses on …

Episode 29: "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry

April 22nd, 2019

36:14

Welcome to episode twenty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. This is the second of our three-part look at Chess Records, and …

Episode 28: "Sincerely" by the Moonglows

April 14th, 2019

36:42

Welcome to episode twenty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at The Moonglows and "Sincerely". Click the …

Episode 27: "Tweedle Dee" by LaVern Baker

April 7th, 2019

30:57

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 …

Episode 26: "Ain't That A Shame" by Fats Domino

April 1st, 2019

31:40

 

Welcome to episode twenty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Fats Domino and "Ain't That A Shame". Click …

Episode 25: "Earth Angel" by the Penguins

March 26th, 2019

35:59

 

 

Welcome to episode twenty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Earth Angel" by the Penguins. Click the …

Episode 24: "Ko Ko Mo" by Gene and Eunice

March 18th, 2019

33:41

 

Welcome to episode twenty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Ko Ko Mo" by Gene and Eunice. Click the …

Episode 23; "Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace

March 11th, 2019

36:55

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 …

Episode 22: "The Wallflower" by Etta James

March 4th, 2019

33:15

 

 

Welcome to episode twenty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "The Wallflower" by Etta James. Click the …

"Rock Island Line" by Lonnie Donegan

February 25th, 2019

37:24

Welcome to episode twenty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Rock Island Line" by Lonnie Donegan. Click the …

Crowdfunding Update -- Patreon and Kickstarter

February 25th, 2019

2:24

This is not a proper episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs – there is a proper episode I've uploaded along with this. This is, rather, an announcement of some new Patreon rewards, including a bonus episode, …

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets

February 18th, 2019

35:44

 

Welcome to episode twenty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the …

"That's All Right, Mama" by Elvis Presley

February 11th, 2019

32:51

 

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. …

"Sh-Boom" by the Chords

February 4th, 2019

40:43

 

Welcome to episode eighteen of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Sh-Boom" by the Chords. Click the full post …

"Money Honey" by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters

January 28th, 2019

37:04

 

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 …

"Crazy Man Crazy" by Bill Haley and the Comets

January 21st, 2019

35:37

 

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 …

"Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton

January 14th, 2019

35:09

 

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 …

"Jambalaya" by Hank Williams

January 7th, 2019

32:07

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 …

"Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean" by Ruth Brown

December 31st, 2018

32:59

 

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 …

"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price

December 23rd, 2018

31:07

 

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 …

Patreon Announcement

December 18th, 2018

0:23

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 …

"Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats

December 16th, 2018

28:56

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 …

"Double Crossin' Blues", by Johnny Otis, Little Esther, and the Robins

December 9th, 2018

30:02

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 …

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

December 3rd, 2018

28:15

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". …

"The Fat Man" by Fats Domino

November 26th, 2018

29:38

 

 

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 …

Wynonie Harris and "Good Rockin' Tonight"

November 19th, 2018

31:39

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"

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The Ink Spots -- "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"

November 12th, 2018

31:44

 

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"

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Rosetta Tharpe and "This Train"

November 5th, 2018

32:19

 

 

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"

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As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist

"Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" by Louis Jordan

October 29th, 2018

29:36

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"

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Resources

As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with …

"Ida Red" by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

October 22nd, 2018

29:51

 

Welcome to episode three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Bob Wills and "Ida Red".

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Resources

A Disclaimer

October 22nd, 2018

4:23

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 …

"Roll 'Em Pete" by Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson

October 15th, 2018

25:25

 

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 …

"Flying Home" by the Benny Goodman Sextet

October 8th, 2018

24:12

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 …

Introduction

October 1st, 2018

7:22

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 …

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