The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 126

The jukebox of September 1945

Today, on this warm Sunday in September 1945, here on L.A.'s Central Avenue I'm in this joint to celebrate victory. Today the radio announced that the Emperor of Japan signed his surrender to our great nation. We won the war and it will finally be over and our men will return home to their women who have waited so long hoping for a safe return.

The owner couldn't get no band for tonight so he asked me to pick out the records and operate the juke box. So here I am, it's awfully hot in here and so crowded that it's virtually impossible to get a drink. Someone got me a whisky but I could do for a big glass of water or a Coke. But then, the jukebox got great music and the crowd likes it.



  1. Louis Jordan - Caldonia
  2. Big Joe Turner - Johnson and Turner Blues
  3. Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers - The Honeydripper
  4. Lucky Millinder feat. Wynonie Harris - Who threw the whiskey in the well
  5. Nat King Cole - If You Can't Smile And Say Yes
  6. Count Basie - Jimmy's Blues
  7. Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys - It's Only A Paper Moon
  8. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange Things Happening Every Day
  9. Buddy Johnson feat. Ella Johnson - That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch
  10. Erskine Hawkins - Tippin' In
  11. Nat King Cole - Shy Guy
  12. Tampa Red - Detroit Blues
  13. Louis Jordan - Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door
  14. Albinia Jones - Don't Wear No Black
  15. Hadda Brooks - Swingin' The Boogie
  16. Etta Jones - Long Long Journey
  17. Cecil Gant - I'm Tired
  18. Dan Grissom & The Flennoy Trio - Poor butterfly


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • ... and a whole lotta noise from my friends at that joint