Workers in Song

A History of Rock & Roll: 1955 - 1980

  Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.
                             -- Leonard Cohen, Chelsea Hotel No. 2

On this page is a list of assigned songs for the Workers in Song Interim Project. Several of them are on the CDs that you have purchased for the course. On this page you will find links to others that we have set up on the Wofford Intranet. You can listen to the Intranet-based recordings on any computer connected to the campus network (a Real Audio player is required). This includes the computers in Milliken 316 (which have speakers), in the Technology/Writing Center on the 3rd floor of the library, and in the Olin computer lab. There are external speakers in the library, but please bring your own earphones. There are no external speakers on the computers in the Olin computer lab. If you listen to recordings there, it would be best to bring your own earphones - the type with a small jack that plugs into a portable CD player. You also can check earphones out from the front desk.

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The recordings in the play list are categorized by lesson. You should have your lesson handouts when you listen to the recordings. The handouts contain discussions of the music and questions you should answer in preparation for the next day's quiz. You should know the assigned music well enough to answer questions related to those on the handouts. You should be able to identify an artist or group from portions of either the assigned recordings or other recordings with the same sound. You also should be able to recognize characteristic songs as being from a particular genre of music.

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One of the themes of this course is that most, if not all, of today's music has its roots in the rock recorded between 1955 and 1980. These roots may be due to influence, inspiration, or a breakthrough made by an earlier artist/group. The class will be divided into groups of three or four students who should discuss among themselves more recent artists/groups of their choice from the last twenty years. From these discussions, each student will be responsible for making one afternoon presentation to the class about a particular artist/group. These presentations should include particular recordings that illustrate these roots. A few recordings (shown in red) from the 1980s and 1990s have been included in the assigned listening as suggestions. These suggestions are by no means exhaustive, or possibly even pertinent. They are just recordings that have occurred to me at one time or another as having connections with older music. When the groups are thinking about modern artists and their influences, the groups may find it useful to consult the World Wide Web. I have found the All Music Guide Web site to be particularly useful. It also may be helpful to use WWW search engines such as HotBot or Northern Light.

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Lesson 1: Roots of Rock & Roll Lesson 10: The British Blues Bands
Lesson 2: Elvis Presley and Rockabilly Lesson 11: Psychedelic Rock and San Francisco
Lesson 3: New Orleans Lesson 12: Guitar Giants
Lesson 4: Rhythm and Blues Lesson 13: Garage Bands and The Velvet Underground
Lesson 5: Vocal Groups Lesson 14: Heavy Metal and Proto-Punk
Lesson 6: The Music in Transition Lesson 15: Glam and Progressive/Art Rock
Lesson 7: Soul and Motown Lesson 16: Dance Music and Regional Sounds
Lesson 8: The Beatles Lesson 17: Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young
Lesson 9: Bob Dylan and Folk Rock  Lesson 18: Punk Rock
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I would like to thank Jim Elmborg and Adam Lamkin for formatting the recordings and making it possible to distribute the files securely over our Intranet. This part of the Interim project is an outgrowth of the 1999 Web Expert Workshop supported by the Furman and Wofford Joint Andrew W. Mellon Project in Information Technology.

This page was last updated on January 31, 2003

Lesson 1: Roots of Rock & Roll

The first lesson will be in-class on the first day of the project. We will listen to the following music:




Jo Stafford You Belong to Me 1952
Les Paul and Mary Ford How High the Moon 1951
Leadbelly Roberta 1943
Leadbelly In the Pines 1944
Nirvana Where Did You Sleep Last Night? 1994
Robert Johnson Crossroad Blues 1936-37
Cream Crossroads 1967
Robert Johnson They're Red Hot 1936-37
Red Hot Chili Peppers They're Red Hot 1991
Robert Lockwood Ah Ah Baby mid 1950s
Elmore James Dust My Broom 1950s
Count Basie Jumpin' At the Woodside 1937
Wynonie Harris Good Rockin' Tonight 1949
Elvis Presley Good Rockin' Tonight 1954
Louis Prima Jump, Jive, an' Wail 1956
Brian Setzer Orchestra Jump, Jive, an' Wail 1998
Jackie Brenston & the Delta Cats Rocket 88 1951
The Kinks You Really Got Me 1964
The Caravans What Kind of Man Is This?
Ray Charles The Right Time (Live version) 1959
The Allman Brothers Statesboro Blues 1971
Patti Smith My Generation 1975
Bob Wills Corrina, Corrina 1946
Bill Haley & the Comets Rock Around the Clock 1954
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Lesson 2: Elvis Presley and Rockabilly

Artist/Group Song Date
Howlin' Wolf Moanin at Midnight            (in class) 1951
Elvis Presley That's All Right, Mama 1954
  Blue Moon of Kentucky          (in class) 1954
Good Rockin' Tonight         (in class) 1954
Heartbreak Hotel 1956
Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog 1953
Elvis Presley Hound Dog 1956
  Don't Be Cruel 1956
Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes 1956
Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 1957
Buddy Holly & the Crickets That'll Be the Day 1957
Buddy Holly Peggy Sue 1957
Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues 1958
Sparkletones Black Slacks          (in class) 1957
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Racin' With the Devil          (in class) 1956
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Lesson 3: New Orleans

Artist/Group Song Date
Pete Johnson Let 'Em Jump          (in class)  1938
Fats Domino The Fat Man 1950
  Ain't It a Shame 1955
Pat Boone Ain't That a Shame 1955
Fats Domino Blueberry Hill 1956
Little Richard Tutti Frutti 1955
  Lucille 1957
  Good Golly Miss Molly 1957
Huey Smith & the Clowns Don't You Just Know It? 1958
Frankie Ford Sea Cruise          (in class) 1958
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Lesson 4: Rhythm and Blues

Artist/Group Song Date
Stick McGhee & His Buddies Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee          (in class) 1949
Baby Face Leroy Rollin' and Tumblin'          (in class) 1951
Jackie Brenston with his Delta Cats Rocket 88 1951
Bo Diddley I'm a Man 1955
  Bo Diddley 1955
Ray Charles I've Got a Woman 1955
Country Gentlemen Roving Gambler          (in class) 1959
Chuck Berry Roll Over Beethoven 1956
  School Day 1957
  Johnny B. Goode 1958
Too Much Monkey Business          (in class) 1956
Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues          (in class) 1965
Ray Charles I Got a Woman          (in class) 1955
What'd I Say. Part 1 1959
The Right Time  (live) 1959
Buddy Holly Not Fade Away 1957
Barrett Strong Money 1960
The Beach Boys Surfin' USA 1963
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Lesson 5: Vocal Groups

Artist/Group Song Date
The Mills Brother Tiger Rag          (in class)           1930s
The Orioles It's Too Soon to Know                (in class)   1948
Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters Money Honey          (in class)           1953
The Chords Sh-Boom 1954
The Crew Cuts Sh-Boom          (in class) 1954
The Platters The Great Pretender 1955
Stan Freberg The Great Pretender 1955
The Coasters Searchin' 1957
The Silhouettes Get a Job 1958
Dion and the Belmonts I Wonder Why 1958
The Drifters There Goes My Baby 1959
The Flamingos I Only Have Eyes For You 1959
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Lesson 6: The Music In Transition

Artist/Group Song Date
Fabian Tiger 1959
Frankie Avalon Why? 1959
Chubby Checker The Twist 1960
The Ronettes Be My Baby 1963
  Walking in the Rain 1964
Baby, I Love You          (in class) 1963
Duane Eddy Rebel Rouser 1957
Link Wray Rumble 1958
Dick Dale & the Deltones Miserlou 1962
Chuck Berry Sweet Little Sixteen          (in class) 1958
The Beach Boys Surfin' USA 1963
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Lesson 7: Soul and Motown

Artist/Group Song Date
James Brown Lost Someone          (in class)      1962
Try Me 1967
  Cold Sweat 1967
Let Yourself Go          (in class) 1967
The Miracles Shop Around          (in class) 1960
The Temptations The Way You Do the Things You Do 1964
  My Girl 1965
  Get Ready          (in class) 1966
Booker T & the MGs Green Onions          (in class) 1962
Wilson Pickett In the Midnight Hour 1965
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman 1966
Otis Redding That's How Strong My Love Is 1965
Respect     (Live) 1967
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay          (in class) 1968
Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman  1967
Think          (in class) 1968
William Bell You Don't Miss Your Water          (in class) 1961
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles I Second That Emotion          (in class) 1967
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Lesson 8: The Beatles

Artist/Group Song Date
Billy Riley & the Little Green Men Red Hot          (in class) 1957
The Beatles Red Hot     (Live)          (in class) 1962
Love Me Do 1962
  Long Tall Sally 1963
Little Richard Long Tall Sally 1956
The Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand 1964
  Norwegian Wood 1965
The Word
  Eleanor Rigby 1966
  Tomorrow Never Knows 1966
  For No One 1966
  A Day in the Life 1967
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Lesson 9: Bob Dylan and Folk Rock

Artist/Group Song Date
Jean Ritchie Nottamun Town          (in class) 1954
Sam Hinton Old Man Atom          (in class) 1950
Woodie Guthrie Hard Travelin'          (in class) 1947
U2 Jesus Christ          (in class) 1988
Bob Dylan Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 1963
You're a Big Girl Now 1975
  Blowin' in the Wind 1964
Tell Me Mama     (live)          (in class) 1966
  Like a Rolling Stone 1965
  It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry 1965
  Ballad of a Thin Man 1965
  Highway 61 Revisited 1965
  Desolation Row 1965
The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man 1965
  Eight Miles High 1965
  Turn! Turn! Turn! 1965
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Lesson 10: The British Blues Bands

Artist/Group Song Date
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night 1964
Muddy Waters I Just Want to Make Love to You          (in class) 1954
The Rolling Stones I Just Want to Make Love to You          (in class) 1964
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 1965
  Sympathy for the Devil 1968
  Street Fighting Man 1968
  Stray Cat Blues 1968
  Factory Girl 1968
The Yardbirds Heart Full of Soul 1965
Count Five Psychotic Reaction          (in class) 1966
Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues 1958
The Who Summertime Blues 1970
  My Generation 1970
Heaven and Hell          (in class) 1970
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Lesson 11: Psychedelic Rock and the San Francisco Sound

Artist/Group Song Date
Grateful Dead Stage Introduction     (live) 1966
  Viola Lee Blues     (live) 1970
  Sugar Magnolia 1970
Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit 1967
  Somebody to Love 1967
Country Joe & the Fish I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die-Rag     (live) 1967
Big Brother & the Holding Company Combination of the Two 1968
  Ball and Chain 1968
  Turtle Blues 1968
The Doors The End 1966
Karlheinz Stockhausen 53' 20"          (in class) 1960s
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz          (in class) 1960
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Lesson12: Guitar Giants

Artist/Group Song Date
Robert Johnson Crossroads Blues          (in class) 1936-37
Cream Crossroads          (in class) 1968
Cream Sunshine of Your Love 1968
The John Coltrane Qunitet Spiritual (1st 30 seconds) 1961
  Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (1st 30 seconds) 1961
  Chasin' the Trane (1st 2 minutes) 1961
The Who (Keith Moon) Heaven and Hell 1970
The Rolling Stones (Charlie Watts) Midnight Rambler 1969
Cream (Ginger Baker) Crossroads 1968
Jimi Hendrix (Mitch Mitchell) Fire 1967
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Purple Haze 1967
  Foxy Lady 1967
  Manic Depression 1967
  Red House 1967
Star Spangled Banner  (live)          (in class) 1968
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Lesson 13: Garage Bands and The Velvet Underground

Artist/Group Song Date
The Kingsmen Louie, Louie 1964
The Barbarians Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl 1965
The Beau Brummels Laugh, Laugh 1964
The Sonics Psycho 1965
The Leaves Hey Joe 1966
Count Five Psychotic Reaction 1966
? and the Mysterians 96 Tears 1966
The Velvet Underground I'm Waiting for the Man 1967
  Heroin 1967
  Venus in Furs 1967
  I'll Be Your Mirror 1967
  White Light, White Heat 1967
  Sister Ray 1967
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Lesson 14: Heavy Metal and Proto-Punk

Artist/Group Song Date
Don McLean American Pie 1971
Black Sabbath Iron Man 1971
Robert Johnson Hellhound On My Trial          (in class) 1937
Van Halen Runnin' With the Devil          (in class) 1978
Led Zeppelin Black Dog 1971
  Rock and Roll 1971
  Stairway to Heaven 1971
  When the Levee Breaks 1971
The MC5 Introduction, Ramblin' Rose 1968
The Stooges Down on the Street 1970
  Loose 1970
  TV Eyes 1970
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Roadrunner 1972
Pablo Picasso          (in class) 1972
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Lesson 15: Sounds of the Seventies, Part 1

Southern California, Singer-Songwriters, Art/Prog Rock, Glam Rock

Artist/Group Song Date
Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way 1976
Leonard Cohen Chelsea Hotel, No. 2 1974
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Waters 1970
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (the entire CD) 1973
David Bowie Changes 1972
  Queen Bitch 1972
  Five Years 1972
  Lady Stardust 1972
Suffragette City 1972
  Andy Warhol          (in class) 1971
Alice Cooper No More Mister Nice Guy 1973
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Lesson 16: Sounds of the Seventies, Part 2

Philadelphia Soul, Disco, Funk, Reggae, Rap, Southern Rock

Artist/Group Song Date
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes The Love I Lost 1972
Chic Dance, Dance, Dance          (in class) 1977
The Bee Gees Stayin' Alive 1977
Sly and the Family Stone Higher          (in class) 1969
George Clinton & Parliament Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) 1978
Bob Marley & the Wailers Slave Driver 1973
  Stir It Up 1973
The Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight 1979
Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues 1928
The Allman Brothers Statesboro Blues 1971
Whipping Post          (in class) 1971
The Marshall Tucker Band Heard It In a Love Song          (in class) 1977
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Lesson 17: Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young

Artist/Group Song Date
Bruce Springsteen Thunder Road 1975
  Born to Run 1975
  Backstreets 1975
Neil Young & Crazy Horse My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) 1979
  Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) 1979
  Thrasher 1979
  Powderfinger 1979
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Lesson 18: Punk Rock

Artist/Group Song Date
Patti Smith Gloria 1975
  My Generation 1975
Television Marquee Moon 1977
Allman Brothers Whipping Post 1971
Velvet Underground I'm Waiting for the Man 1967
  Run, Run, Run 1967
The Ramones Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue 1976
  Sheena is a Punk Rocker 1976
Blitzkrieg Rock          (in class) 1976
The Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK 1977
  God Save the Queen 1977
The Clash London Calling 1979
The Slits So Tough     (Peel Sessions) 1979
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