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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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