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A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

76 EpisodesProduced by Andrew HickeyWebsite

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

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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

1:13

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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Resources

As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist

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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Resources

As always, I've created a Mixcloud …

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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Resources

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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