500 Songs: “Be-Bop-A-Lula”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-41-be-bop-a-lula-by-gene-vincent-and-the-bluecaps/

The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! This one is on “Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and features a motorbike crash, a car crash, Fidel Castro, and probably the best return ever on a $25 investment.

And Patreon backers have a ten-minute bonus episode of the podcast on “Smokestack Lightning” by Howlin’ Wolf, and why you should give your employees good benefits and invest in their training.

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New 500 Songs: Drugstore Rock ‘n’ Roll

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-40-drugstore-rock-n-roll-by-janis-martin/

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 the woman known as “the Female Elvis”, musical gentrification, misogyny, and third acts in American lives.

Meanwhile today’s Patreon-only bonus episode is on “Fever” by Little Willie John, so for the first time we have a bonus episode on a record that’s far better known than the main podcast.

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New 500 Songs: “Please Please Please”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-39-please-please-please-by-james-brown-and-the-famous-flames/

The latest episode of “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs” is now up. This one’s on “Please Please Please” by James Brown, and how hard a life you have to have to become the hardest working man in showbusiness.

And for Patreon backers the latest Patreon-only podcast is now up — nine minutes on “Come Go With Me” by the Del Vikings, and why you shouldn’t try to combine a pop career with military service.

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New 500 Songs: Heartbreak Hotel

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-38-heartbreak-hotel-by-elvis-presley/
This week’s episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! This one’s on Elvis Presley, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and how wanting to take care of your parents can pay off…
Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus, on “The Flying Saucer” by Buchanan and Goodman, at https://www.patreon.com/posts/27855307

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New 500 Songs: “I Walk The Line”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-37-i-walk-the-line-by-johnny-cash/
The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up, on “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, and how a gospel singer turned rock and roll star became a country icon.

Patreon backers also have a thirteen-minute bonus episode, on “Don’t Be Angry” by Nappy Brown, at https://www.patreon.com/posts/27683577

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New 500 Songs Episodes

For everyone, here’s the new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs. This one’s on “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins, and how talent can sometimes overcome terrible luck

Also, for Patreon backers only, there’s a ten-minute mini-episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/27513170 . That’s on “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots” by the Cheers, and it features two real car crashes, a fictional motorbike crash, and a luxury liner crash.

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500 Songs: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up. It’s on Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, and what happens when you get signed to a Mafia-owned company before you even hit puberty. (Spoiler: nothing good).
Also, for Patreon backers, there’s a backer-only ten-minute bonus on “Space Guitar” by Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

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