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PLAY Robert W. Morgan, KHJ Los Angeles, February 22, 1969 12M-1AM (01:00:44)

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[Description by Uncle Ricky from notes by contributor Don Kent]

This is Hour Thirteen of the First and Original History Of Rock And Roll, as broadcast by KHJ between Midnight and 1AM on February 22, 1969. Our host is Robert W. Morgan.

Picture of Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes
Picture of Teresa Brewer
Teresa Brewer
This hour begins the "Popular Music" segment of the History, digging way back before the phonograph. Then, before rock 'n' roll took over the charts in 1955, you'll hear some wonderful (in Phonograph-Era Terms) "Pop Standards". How many of these do you remember? Just a year or two before Elvis, note how many popular songs originated on Broadway or in movies of the era.

This was the first "Rockumentary", produced by KHJ Program Director Ron Jacobs. Following the unprecedented success of this legendary broadcast, Jacobs left KHJ later that year. RKO made the show available to the other stations in their group, narrated by station-specific talent. When RKO was done with it, Drake-Chenault offered a re-recorded version in syndication three times between 1972 and 1982. An edited version (no jingle) of the last release, narrated by Bill Drake, was still in syndication as of 2006.

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