The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 122

Black Patti

Today I take a deep dive into blues history, from even before the Great Depression, with one of the most legendary record labels ever - Black Patti. It was started in 1927 by the influential record producer J. Mayo Williams, together with two financiers with their roots deep in the recording business. Still, that wasn't a guarantee for succes: within a year the label folded after the financiers pulled the plug.

Nowadays Black Patti records are so rare that copies sell for thousands of dollars, even in poor condition, and they've become the holy grail for record collectors. So today also the story of the man who found fourteen Black Pattis in a box under someone's bed, including the only surviving copy of the Original Stack O'Lee Blues of Long Cleeve Reed and Little Harvey Hull, that nowadays sets the record for the most expensive 78 ever.

Of course it's what's in the grooves that counts so I have some great blues and early jazz on the playlist.



  1. Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed - Hey Lawdy Mama a.k.a. France Blues (Black Patti 8001)
  2. Mozelle Alderson - Tall Man Blues (8029)
  3. Jaybird Coleman - Boll Weevil Blues (8055)
  4. Hattie Garland - You Used To Be Sugar Blues (8005)
  5. Sam Collins - Jail House Blues (8025)
  6. Long Cleeve Reed & Little Harvey Hull Down Home Boys - Original Stack O'Lee Blues (8030)
  7. Kid Brown and His Blue Band - Bo-Lita (8049)
  8. Jimmy Wade's Orchestra - All That I Had Is Gone (8019)
  9. Blind Richard Yates - Sore Bunion Blues (8021)
  10. Clara Smith - Clara Blues (8035)
  11. Frankie Halfpint Jaxon - Corinne (8048)
  12. Mozelle Alderson - Room Rent Blues (8004)
  13. Elnora Johnson - Red Cap Porter Blues (8039)
  14. Jimmy Wade's Club Alabam Orchestra - Original Black Bottom Dance (8019)
  15. Eloise Bennett - Sting Me Mr Strange Man (8006)
  16. Margaret Thornton - Jockey Blues (8041)


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • John Williams & the Memphis Stompers - Pewee Blues (Black Patti 8009)
  • King Brady's Clarinet Band - Embarressement Blues (Sidewalk Blues) (8046)
  • King Brady's Clarinet Band - Lazybone Blues (Toledano Street Blues) (8046)
  • Al Miller - Saturday Night Hymn (8049)