Big River – Johnny Cash

American Hit Radio: Transistor Days – Early 1958

Episode 8

Episode date - February 7, 2020

How Music Changed

    Rock and roll music grew at such a quick pace that it swallowed up and then incorporated virtually every other genre that might have once been its competition.

    By 1958, ‘rock and roll’ included doo wop (“Get a Job”), R&B (“Maybe”), novelty records (“Short Shorts”), country (“Big River”), Tex Mex (“Tequila”) and balladry (“All I Have to Do Is Dream”). If one description fits all, how can you beat it? The major labels – who were used to raking in virtually all of the capital amassed by the recording industry – must have been horrified by now, as almost every record in today’s show had been released by an independent regional label.

    Featured tracks include:

    Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis

    Get a Job – The Silhouettes

    Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra

    Maybe – The Chantels

    Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry

    Short Shorts – The Royal Teens

    Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard

    Big River – Johnny Cash

    Tequila – The Champs

    He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands – Laurie London

    Don’t You Just Know It – Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns

    Maybe Baby – The Crickets

    All I Have to Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers


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