FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH with Blake Melnick

Clear as Mud - The Space [in between]

March 17, 2022 Blake Melnick Season 3 Episode 11
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH with Blake Melnick
Clear as Mud - The Space [in between]
Show Notes Transcript

Welcome to this week's episode of #Thespaceinbetween I'm your host #BlakeMelnick, and I'm really excited to announce that in a few weeks time, we will have #TomLocke author of a new book called #MomentsinTime - stories about artists and songs from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, on our show.

In #MomentsinTime, Tom will take us on a musical journey through the history of Rock n' Roll. What's really cool about Tom's book is music is embedded within the text of the book itself through the use of QR codes. So you can listen to the songs while reading the book. Tom has graciously allowed us to reproduce some of his moments in time on the space in between, and to make available a limited number of signed copies of his book for you, our listeners at a special price.

Here's a taste of what to expect on future episodes of this space in between a moment in time from Tom's book called #ClearasMud...  for what it's worth.

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Clear as Mud

[00:00:00] Blake Melnick: Well, welcome to this week's episode of the space in between I'm your host Blake Melnick. And I'm really excited to announce that in a few weeks time, we will have Tom Locke author of a new book called Moments in Time -stories about artists and songs from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, on our show.

[00:00:20] In Moments in Time, Tom will take us on a musical journey through the history of Rock n' Roll. What's really cool about Tom's book is music is embedded within the text of the book itself through the use of QR codes. So you can listen to the songs while reading the book. Tom has graciously allowed us to reproduce some of his moments in time on the space in between, and to make available a limited number of signed copies of his book for you, our listeners at a special price.

[00:00:50] Here's a taste of what to expect on future episodes of this space in between a moment in time from Tom's book called Clear as Mud... [00:01:00] for what it's worth. 

[00:01:03] What was the first rock and roll record ever made? I've heard people claim it was Chuck Berry's, Maybelline or Elvis Presley's That's All Right. Or little Richard's Tutti Fruitti

[00:01:14] Buddy Holly's, That'll be the Day, Fats domino's Ain't That A Shame, or Bill Haley and the Comets Rock Around the Clock. The question has been hotly debated for many, many years, and it seems like the only thing that people can agree upon is that rock and roll was born out of R and B in the early fifties.

[00:01:34] Most afficianados of rock and roll music side with the legendary Sam Phillips of Sun Records ,who claimed that an R and B song that he produced in 1951 was indeed the first rock and roll record. The song was Rocket 88 and was credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats. However, that band did not actually exist. In fact, the song was recorded by Ike [00:02:00] Turner, with his band Kings of Rhythm, with Brenston on Sax and singing lead vocals.

[00:02:05] Upon its release. Brenston was the first to comment on the records, collective appeal to both young whites and blacks.

[00:02:13] Case closed right?. We don't think so. You see back in 1949, Louis Jordan's jump blues combo, put out a rearrangement of a song that was originally slated to be released by Eddie Williams and his Brown Buddies.

[00:02:29] Louis Jordan's single was a huge hit, topping the R & B charts for 12 non-consecutive weeks in 1949. It also reached 21 on the national pop charts, a rare accomplishment for what was referred to as a race record at the time.

[00:02:45] The recording was five minutes and 21 seconds in length, which is longer than the standard side on the 78, so it was broken into two halves, one on each side of the disc. The song's lyrics are in the first person and describe [00:03:00] two itinerant musicians, going to a fish fry on Rampart street in New Orleans. The scene becomes a wild party that is eventually raided by the police and the narrator ends up spending the night in jail. Was Louis Jordan, Saturday Night, Fish Fry, the first rock and roll record?

[00:03:18] Well to add, some credence to this claim. We can't ignore Chuck Berry who was quoted as saying "To my recollection, Louis Jordan was the first one I heard play rock and roll" leave it to Chuck, to muddy the waters. Let's scan the code and give it a listen.

[00:03:36] [00:04:00] [00:05:00] I absolutely love Louie Jordan besides being one of the first rock and rollers. He was probably one of the first rap artists as well. So if you don't have any Louie Jordan in your record collection, go get some, you [00:06:00] won't regret it.

[00:06:02] Well, this concludes this week's episode of the space in between with a moment in time from Tom lock's new book by the same name, please make sure you tune in for the interview with Tom. It's going to be great and listen to the next episodes of the space in between for more moments in time for what it's worth.