In the second episode Nate talks to rock historian Ed Ward about the early 1950s and the emergence of Rhythm and Blues. They discuss the legendary song “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and the two simultaneous hit versions that came out in 1949 plus the early work of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Ruth Brown and the late, great Johnny Ace.
As always you can read all about it in Ed Ward's epic History of Rock & Roll part 1.
Hosted by longtime rock and roll fan and sportswriter Nate Wilcox, "Let It Roll" is a series of in-depth interviews with Ed Ward about his book, The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963. Ward was the official rock and roll historian for NPR’s Fresh Air for 30 years, and is a former editor of Rolling Stone, writer for Crawdaddy, and Cream.