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New 500 Songs Episode Up: “Sincerely” by the Moonglows

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-28-sincerely-by-the-moonglows/ Slightly early because I need to go to bed, it’s the new 500 Songs, on Chess Records, Alan Freed, and the Moonglows, and how a strike, a bad pitch at a baseball game, and a lawsuit from a blind … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Podcast: “Tweedle Dee”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-27-tweedle-dee-by-lavern-baker/ The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is up, on “Tweedle Dee”. Today, finally, after several weeks of hearing about black people’s music getting ripped off, we hear how one black woman fought back … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Episode: “Ain’t That A Shame”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-26-aint-that-a-shame-by-fats-domino/ A new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is up! This one is on “Ain’t That A Shame”, and covers the middle part of Fats Domino’s story, with him going from being a big R&B … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Up: “Earth Angel”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-25-earth-angel-by-the-penguins A day late but the new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up. It’s on “Earth Angel”, and features cameo appearances from Frank Zappa, the Beach Boys’ dad, and the best music teacher … Continue reading

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Latest 500 Songs Episode: “Ko Ko Mo” by Gene and Eunice

What do Rosemary Clooney’s sister, Rita Marley, Andy Griffith, Louis Armstrong, and Perry Como all have in common? They all recorded songs by Gene and Eunice, who had the biggest hit of the fifties you never heard of. Find out … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine RIP

 I’m both ill and trying to get some work done today, so I don’t have the time to give Hal Blaine anything like the tribute he deserves, but I had to quickly mark his death here. Hal Blaine was one … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Episode — “Pledging My Love”

The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up, on “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace, the first rock and roller to die young. This one contains a description of death by gunshot. It … Continue reading

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