The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 100

Show 100

My own list of most important Rhythm & Blues songs

This is the 100th episode of The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman and for that I'd been searching on-line for lists of top 100's of Rhythm & Blues that spans the era that I'm interested in - say, up to 1955 - and I found no useful one, simply because I could not agree with the choices the editors of them made, for instance by leaving out anything before 1948 or even the mid-fifties, or listing vocal groups only. Or take that one list that mainly had hits of white artists - in that time Rhythm & Blues was an exclusively African American style and the music was strictly segregated, so they completely missed the idea.

And so I made my own list, but as only fifteen fit in the hour, I made it my top fifteen. I'll play them in no particular order, so I didn't have to bother for putting one higher on the list than the other. And of course I've tried to explain what made me choose this list.



  1. Louis Jordan - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
  2. Joe Turner & Pete Johnson - Roll 'Em Pete
  3. Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight
  4. Trixie Smith - My Daddy Rocks Me (with one steady roll)
  5. Ma Rainey & Louis Armstrong - See See Rider Blues
  6. Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy - Take It And Git
  7. Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers - The Honeydripper
  8. Harlem Hamfats - Oh! Red
  9. Long Cleeve Reed & Little Harvey Hull Down Home Boys - Original Stack O'Lee Blues
  10. Lionel Hampton - Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
  11. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - That's All Right
  12. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
  13. Lil Green - Why Don't You Do Right
  14. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - Work With Me Annie
  15. Ray Charles - I Got A Woman


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Four Clefs - Dig These Blues
  • Frank 'Floorshow' Culley - That Girl
  • Harlem Hamfats - Growling Dog
  • Julian Dash - Creamin' Boogie
  • Lloyd Glenn - Chica Boo
  • Sonny Thompson - Mellow Blues Part 2