The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 132

Legends Mix

Today's playlist brings us the showmanship of one of the hottest hepcats of the thirties - Cab Calloway. His series of songs about Minnie the Moocher and her friend Smokey Joe were a great succes that also reached the white audience - quite an achievement with lyrics full of drugs and "jive language" - the African American slang of the thirties and forties. Calloway even published a list of hepcat language so everyone could understand what his songs were all about.

But also a wonderful twenties blues of the mysterious bluesman who called himself Freezone, and who just recorded one song for the Paramount label. And of course some great jump blues - an allsorts like you're used from me.



  1. Cecil Gant - Boogie Woogie Baby
  2. Ace Harris - I'll Show You How It's Done
  3. Bob Merrill - The Blues Is Here T'nite
  4. Cleo Brown - You're My Fever
  5. Hot Lips Page - The Cadillac Song
  6. Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons - Barrelhouse Boogie
  7. Cab Calloway - The Ghost of Smokey Joe
  8. Freezone - Indian Squaw Blues
  9. Lucille Bogan - Groceries on the Shelf
  10. Palooka Washboard Band - You Done Tore Your Pants With Me
  11. Jazz Gillum - Sweet Sweet Woman
  12. Trixie Smith - My Unusual Man (Decca)
  13. Champion Jack Dupree - Heavy Heart Blues
  14. Tampa Red - Crying Won't Help You
  15. Sonny Boy and Lonnie - Wiggle Around Me Baby
  16. Rattlesnake Cooper - Lost Woman


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Cecil Gant - Rose Room
  • Chuck Calhoun - Hey Tiger
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra - One O'Clock Jump
  • Frank 'Floorshow' Culley - That Girl
  • Joe Lutcher - Rockin Boogie
  • Julian Dash - Creamin' Boogie