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VE 131 Prehistoric Rock:

Roll 'Em Pete Big Joe Turner 1938

House of Blue Lights Freddie Slack (co-writer with Don Ray) and Ella Mae Morse 1946

Down the Road Apiece: Will Bradley Trio 1940

Good Rockin' Tonight: Wynonie Harris: 1948

Joe Liggins: The Honeydripper

Bull Moose Jackson: Big Ten Inch

Amos Milburn: One Bourbon, One Scotch One Beer

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Rock Daniel 1941

The Fat Man: Fats Domino:

Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 : Ain't That Just Like a Woman

Julia Lee and her Boyfriends Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got

We're Gonna Rock Wild Bill Moore 1947

Rock t he Joint: Jimmy Preston 1949

Move It On Over Hank Williams 1947

Jack Guthrie: Oakie Boogie

Woody Guthrie: Jesus Christ

Robert Wilkins; That's No Way To Get Along

Rolling Stones: Not Fade Away

Van Morrison : In The Days Before Rock And Roll.

VE 131 Prehistoric Rock

Today on the VE---rock, before it rolled. A rumage through the pre-historic rock vaults for songs that

foreshadowed rock and roll, compiled by guest programmer Dan Miele. These are vintage recordings but

their vitality will surprise you. I'm PC and this is the VE

Roll 'Em Pete Big Joe Turner 1938

Prehistoric rock on the VE. From the year 1938 AD that's the blues shouting daddy of em all, Big Joe

Turner with "Roll Em Pete." One of the first R&B recordings to make use of what was to become the rock

and roll back beat - as opposed to the more common shuffle rhythm. This song was later recorded by

Count Basie, and Joe recorded with the Basie band in later years. Joe Turner was the frist to record Shake,

Rattle and Roll, which later became a hit for Bill Haley and His Comets.

Things are really rockin at the House Of Blue Lights....Freddie Slack and Ella May Morse...

House of Blue Lights Freddie Slack (co-writer with Don Ray) and Ella Mae Morse 1946

Down the Road Apiece: Will Bradley Trio 1940

Dinosaurs roam the earth again--it's prehistoric rock on the VE. A couple there that were echoed in 60s

rock. Mitch Ryder refefrenced "house Of Blue Lights" by Freddie Slack and Ella Mae Morse, and The

Rolling Stones covered Will Bradley's "Down The Road Apiece."

Robert Plant recorded this one by Wynonie Mr Blues Harris with his group The Honeydrippers...and I'll

follow it up with the song that gave th eband their name.........

Good Rockin' Tonight: Wynonie Harris: 1948

Joe Liggins: The Honeydripper

The Honeydripper was Joe Liggins, who along with Wynonie Harris, was an inspiration to Robert Plant.

It's prehistoric rock on the VE. Here are a couple you'll know from their rock covers by Aerosmith and

George Thorogood....

Bull Moose Jackson: Big Ten Inch ***pull from YOutube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJpO4ObZSdg

Amos Milburn: One Bourbon, One Scotch One Beer *** pull from

youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TqglR7YG1Y

The VE with prehistoric rock from Amos Milburn and Bull Moose Jackson...with the original versions of

songs you know well from seventies rock. Here's someon ewho held the title "queen of rock and roll"

when the competition iin thie category was pretty slim....but Sister Rosetta Tharpe had it all goin

gon...gospel chops and sex appeal....

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Rock Daniel 1941

The Fat Man: Fats Domino:

The VE with PreHistoric Rock....but it begins inprope with thhe fat man, Antione Domino, from

1950....the tune is a variation on the traditional New Orleans tune Junker's Blues, which also provided the

melody for Lloyd Price's Lawdy Miss Clawdy.

Now, the guy known as the King of the Jukebox. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five tore it up with

hilarious story-songs. His guitarist Carl Hogan guitar has been cited by Chuck Berry as one of his main

influences

Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 : Ain't That Just Like a Woman 1946

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEqiWTb-UWA

Julia Lee and her Boyfriends Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got 1946http://www.youtube.com/watch?

v=Pq98BQ7E7Bk

The VE with Prehistoric rock.. THAT girfriend could sing! Julia Lee And Her Boyfriends..who just

happened to be two legendary names of jazz-- Benny Carter and Red Norvo. No small wonder that she

commanded such prime session men--Julia sang and played piano in her brother George Lee's band,

which for a time also included Charlie Parker.

So where did 'rock" really begin? 1947--Wild Bill Moore

We're Gonna Rock Wild Bill Moore 1947

Rock the Joint: Jimmy Preston 1949

The VE with Prehistoric Rock, and the name itself, attributed to Clevland DJ Alan Freed, was taken from

tenor sax man Will Bill Moore's "We're Gonna Rock" which showed up on his Moondog Show radio

programs...also Jimmy Preston and Rock The Joint.

Let's rock out today's VE with one more that George Thorogood latched on to, by a legend of country

music who died before rock was born...

Move It On Over Hank Williams 1947

Jack Guthrie: Oakie Boogie

The Year was 1947. And like the legendary flying saucer that crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico, the

alien music life form of rock and roll was taking shape with some help from country cousin Hank

Williams, and right there Jack Guthrie and the western swing jam "Oakie Boogie, which Bill Haley's

Rock Around The Clock owes a debt to. Jack was the cousin of the seminal American music figure who

would have been 100 years old this week. Woody introduced one element of what would become rock

that we haven't touched on yet...the political and intellectual...soomething that was rare in popular music

of his day...but as a folk singer, Woody could speak his mind, and he makes an obvious political

statement in this song from 1940:

Woody Guthrie: Jesus Christ

Robert Wilkins; That's No Way To Get Along

Pre Historic Rock on The VE....Woody Guthrie, Jesus Christ, and Revered Robert Wilkins, "That's No

Way To Get Along..." rock rooted in bible stories....and that last one brings us to the half century mark

this week of the British rock band that brought all the early influences together in an entirely new,

original sound.

Rolling Stones: Not Fade Away

50 years ago, the Rolling Stones played their first gig at The Marquee Club in London. This week, they

posed outside thevenue and strongly hinted at a fiftieth anniversary tour. Not Fade Away. 20 years ago,

let alone 50, who would have thought that would be The Rolling Stones legacy.

To top off this VE exploration of Prehistoric rock, here is an evocative and epic song by another great

interperter of the rock roots. From his 1990 album "Enlightenment," Van Morrsion sings of "The Days

Before Rock And Roll, " and how those distant radio signals in the deepest night brought a brilliant new

light into his young world.

Van Morrison : In The Days Before Rock And Roll.

And that's the VE. A true mystic poet, Van Morrsion always finds a way to say it for all of us.

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