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Johnny Maraca's Rockin' Time Machine » Podcasts
3 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
Before Elvis there was Bill Haley
My latest iTunes podcast. Elvis Presley popularized the mix of country and R&B but Bill Haley was there first. Source material: Unsung Heroes of Rock and Roll, by Nick Tosches. Below, Elvis visits with Haley during Bill’s European tour.
4 minutes | Mar 21, 2018
Chuck Berry and Johnny B Goode
My latest iTunes podcast. Chuck Berry and my favorite rock and roll song of all time…and the tune that helped me become Johnny Maraca when Sean Anderson and The Black Holes called me up to the stage. Go Johnny Go, … Continue reading →
4 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
Alan Freed and the birth of rock and roll
Legendary DJ Alan Freed introduces white kids to African American R&B. Reference material: Big Beat Heat by John A. Jackson. Continue reading →
4 minutes | Mar 9, 2018
Elvis: The Louisiana Hayride takes a chance on a 19-year-old
My new iTunes podcast episode (free to listen and subscribe). The radio host tells the young rocker that the “folk music” scene has been looking for something new and he could be it. Country radio and fans weren’t so sure. … Continue reading →
4 minutes | Mar 3, 2018
Elvis: Can’t sing, dance or play the guitar
My new podcast: In 1956, Elvis responds to an old fart of a newspaper critic who doesn’t get why Presley appeals to the younger folks, in an interview with TV Guide.
3 minutes | Feb 28, 2018
Big Joe Turner: one of rock and roll’s founding Fathers
My new podcast: Big Joe said he just sang the blues for years and eventually they called it rock and roll. Research material: The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n Roll, by Preston Lauterbach (and a nod to … Continue reading →
3 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, rock and roll pioneer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is going into the rock and roll hall of fame in April. Long overdue. Research material: Shout Sister Shout, by Gayle F. Wald.
4 minutes | Feb 22, 2018
Jerry Lee Lewis and the Holy Ghost
My new podcast…Jerry Lee Lewis recording Great Balls of Fire and getting into a heated, alcohol-fueled debate over the religious implications of the song. Singing it would be a sin, says The Killer! Research material includes the prose of the … Continue reading →
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