Episode 185: The Story Of Rock And Roll
(Featuring a tour through 50’s rock songs in this short-but-sweet, very-late show.)
In my ever-continuing quest to fill the various holes in my record collection, I have been accumulating some 50’s compilations to try and get at the roots of what I love the most: Rock And Fucking Roll. While I am pretty savvy with a lot of the big names, and I would even say I probably know more than the av-er-age bear, I am also constantly amazed at the things I don’t know about. So I am always interested in learning more about music, and especially this era in particular, mostly because it seems that there are so many buried treasures that you really could just limit yourself to the 50’s, and never really discover it all.
So, this is my first attempt and mining for musical rockabilly gold.
This show goes out to Miss Megan, the host of Songs The Lord Taught Us, a long lost show that taught us all about the amazing world of R&B, Country, Roots Rock, and everything great and wonderful in this world. She and I did a few shows together, where I ran the sound for bands she was hosting, and I regularly lament that we no longer have her on the airwaves. With that in mind, I did my best to try and follow in her footsteps, and while I’m nowhere near as cool or knowledgable as she was, this is my attempt at being that cool.
The show is in three parts, and sort of follows a bit of a story. Our lives are full of heartbreak (literally and metaphorically), and we often use partying and chemicals to help quell the unrest we suffer from. But in the end, we want to make another effort at love, not only for the companionship and the physical joy that comes with it, but also to help offer and be understood by another. Sometimes this story is repeated in a number of ways, and all the symbols are interchangeable when it comes to any particular pursuit we may be in search of. But in the end the three-act structure seems to work so well that even The Story of Rock And Roll has that sort of structure to it.
This one is short and sweet, but if all goes well, I’ll get two more shows posted this week. Yes, we are ambitious, but haven’t we always been?
See you soon!
The Story Of Rock And Roll
Part I: She Broke My Heart
01.) Grandpa Stole My Baby * Moon Mullican * Hillbilly Bop ‘n’ Boogie (Roots Of Rockabilly 1944-56)
02.) The Huckle-Buck * Paul Williams * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
03.) Please Don’t Leave Me * Fats Domino * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
04.) Baby Don’t Do It * The 5 Royales * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
05.) You Upset Me Baby * B.B. King * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
06.) Who’s Been Here * Commonwealth Jones * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
07.) Tore Up * Tommy La Beff * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno
Part II: There’s A Party Goin’ On
08.) Teenage Boogie * Web Pierce * 20 Rockabilly Classics
09.) Moovin’ N’ Groovin’ * Duane Eddy
10.) Put Your Cat Clothes On * Carl Perkins * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
11.) Rock Billy Boogie * Johnny Burnette * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
12.) Move * Boyd Bennett * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
13.) Hang Out * Lloyd Arnold Katche * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno
14.) Sunglasses After Dark * Dwight Pullen * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
15.) Let Me Go Home, Whiskey * Amos Milburn * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Part III: But I Love Her So
16.) Sh-Boom * The Chords * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
17.) I Got A Woman * Booker T & The MG’s
18.) Crazy Baby * The Rockin’ R’s * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
19.) Let’s Go Baby * Billy Eldridge * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
20.) Swamp Gal * Tommy Bell * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
21.) I Love Ya Honey * Jimmy Apostle * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno
22.) Rootie Tootie Baby * Lee Charles Mitchell * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno
23.) Scuttle Bug * Bo Diddley * Bo Knows Instro
24.) Little Girl * John & Jackie * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
25.) Farewell to Fans (Outro) [November 12, 1959] * Alan Freed * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno