Episode #54 – Who Invented Rock ‘n Roll? (Part II)

It’s been said that finding the first rock ‘n roll song is akin to finding the spot on the colour spectrum where
blue becomes indigo. The task might be impossible, but Our Fake History has never been afraid of the impossible. If we search through the rich musical histories of cities like Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans we might just find the inventor of rock ‘n roll. Tune in and find out how cracked amps, too many dudes in a car, and a quick mention of “Wang Dang Doodle” all play a role in the story.

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