iVoryTowerz Radio: The Origins of Rock 'n Roll

This week, the underground podcast hurtles through the time tunnel of rock and roll in search of its very beginnings. Although we just scratch the surface in this extended version of our weekly musical review, most of the major pioneers of the musical form have their say. Tracing the roots from the 1920s musical forms that would actually precede what was later labeled folk and country, this program covers almost 55 years of music, ending up with new wave stylings honoring the pioneers of rock. Of course, we touch on a variety of forms and sub-genres along the way: swing, country-swing, rhythm & blues, jump blues (not to mention a variety of straight blues forms), and garage rock, among others. Plus there's lots of fun to be had along the way. So sit back for a little summer daydream nostalgia. And don't forget to enjoy!

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"The Fat Man" by Fats Domino
“Little Richard Boogie” by Little Richard
“Do Something for Me" by The Dominoes
"You Can't Catch Me" by Chuck Berry
"I'm a Man" Bo Diddley
Cover Me: "Bo Diddley" by Buddy Holly
"Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand" by Ray Charles
“Please Please Please” by James Brown
"Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean” by Ruth Brown
“I Can't be Satisfied" by Muddy Waters
"Smokestack Lightning'" by Howlin' Wolf
"Love in Vain" by Robert Johnson
"Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" by Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five
"Fat Boy Rag" by Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys
“Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)” by Jimmie Rodgers
"That's All Right" by Elvis Presley
"Only the Lonely" by Roy Orbison
"Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys
"Kicks" by Paul Revere & the Raiders
"You Really Got Me" by The Kinks
Rick's Metal Shoppe: "Shakin' All Over" by The MC5
Jeff’s New Wave: "Rave On" by Marshall Crenshaw

(Mp3 Runs - 1:38:56; 91 MB.)

(Promotional photo of Little Richard and his backing band from the film, The Girl Can't Help It in 1956, via 20th Century Fox Studios.)

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