Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

Race relations in the U.S. have come a long way during the so-called rock and roll era that has evolved since the end of World War Two. And mainstream rock and pop hits reflect those changes and continue to impact them.


This edition of Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll surveys more than seven decades of these songs. Many of these tunes are still played on the radio and music streaming services. Others are seldom heard anymore, but their messages deserve hearing.


Along the way, we’ll spotlight the first integrated rock group to have a hit record, highlight a legendary Chicago soul group with a string of hits that promoted racial pride, and shed light on how the Beatles and Rolling Stones helped make hit music a force for racial understanding in the United States.


These diverse ditties tell a colorful history, and you’ll hear all about it right here.Type your paragraph here.