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Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast


"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a "rockumentary" series telling the greatest rock and roll stories on record. Some of our episodes spotlight specific artists, and others cover various specific subjects. All of them rock as we cover stories and myths about songs you can sing along with.

Oct 1, 2016

It's The Presidents Of Rock & Roll!

Pop music and the presidency have a long history dating back to the founding of our nation. There probably have been thousands of tunes written about the occupants of the oval office, as well as candidates to be the chief executive.

On this episode we’ll survey more than fifty such songs since the dawn of the so-called rock and roll era in the early 1950s.

Most of these recordings made Billboard’s various hit singles and albums charts, and those that didn’t are still worth noting.

We’ve got the most popular presidents in pop music, as well as those who were reviled on records. One president was featured on a CD as a jazz artist. And another was castigated on a two-CD set by multiple artists.

But no matter what your political party is, please elect to download the presidents of rock and roll.


SJC in Detroit
two and a half years ago

As usual, a wide variety of music, from Ed Ames to J Geils and Sinatra to Devo. As for presidents, it's Hoover to Obama. And yet, I can't get Carroll O'Connor out of my head -- thanks Radio Dave!