The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 134

Depession blues

Blues from the thirties are a regular feature here on the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman, and today I devote a whole show to it. Some are even older, and there's not much difference between blues of the roaring twenties and blues from after the ecomomic crash. I guess African Americans hardly shared in the wealth of the twenties, but they did get the full hit of the Depression.

It brings us some interesting pairs of tracks - Papa Charlie McCoy solo and in the Harlem Hamfats; Blanche Calloway and her brother Cab; and Leroy Carr followed by Bill Gaither, a close friend who performed under the name of Leroy's Buddy after Carr died.



  1. Papa Charlie McCoy - Candy Man Blues
  2. Harlem Hamfats - I Feel Like A Millionaire
  3. Lil Hardin Armstrong - Brown Gal
  4. Don Redman - Down Home Rag
  5. Lovin' Sam Theard - State Street Blues
  6. Bessie Smith - I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
  7. Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy - Toadie Toddle
  8. Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys - I Got What It Takes
  9. Cab Calloway - Zah Zuh Zaz
  10. Lucille Bogan - Pay Roll Blues
  11. Charlie 'Specs' McFadden - Groceries On The Shelf
  12. Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell - How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone
  13. Leroy's Buddy (Bill Gaither) - Stony Lonesome Graveyard
  14. Sippie Wallace - I'm A Mighty Tight Woman
  15. Georgia White - Alley Boogie
  16. 'King' Oliver - Stingaree Blues
  17. Bo Carter - Please Warm My Weiner


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy - Messa Stomp
  • Don Redman - Hot And Anxious
  • Harlem Hamfats - Growling Dog
  • Harlem Hamfats - Hamfat Swing
  • Lil Armstrong & her Dixielanders - Riffin' The Blues