Influence of gospel music on early rock ‘n’ roll to be subject of AU’s Discover Auburn lecture series April 16

AUBURN – Tim Dodge, reference librarian and history subject specialist at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library, will speak on the influence of gospel music on early rock ‘n’ roll on Wednesday, April 16, at 3 p.m., in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Draughon Library.

As blues great Muddy Waters once declared, “The blues had a baby and they called it rock ‘n’ roll.” While most people are aware of the blues and country roots of rock ‘n’ roll, fewer know about the crucial role played by gospel music. Using a combination of lecture and samples of recordings, Dodge will trace the multifaceted and sometimes surprising connections between the sacred and profane worlds of gospel music and early rock ‘n’roll.

Dodge received his doctorate in history from the University of New Hampshire and his master’s of library science from Columbia University. As “Dr. Hepcat,” he hosts the Golden Oldies show on WEGL FM 91.1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, playing rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and related music recorded circa 1945 to1963.

The Discover Auburn series is cosponsored by the AU Libraries, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the AU Bookstore.

A reception will follow the program. For more information on the program and the series, contact the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center at (334) 844-4946 or go to

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