The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 146

Decca releases, 1940

In its 7000 "Race" series, that ran from 1934 to 1942, Decca released enough records to do over a hundred of my shows, and the great Rhythm & Blues on this series is widely rereleased and easy to find. I do these shows every now and then, and maybe the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman show will last long enough to get to a hundred Decca shows - but I won't be playing them every week. The shows where I do spell out a small portion of the catalog of the leading label in African American pre-war music, though, are pretty much an easy break for me. The fun thing is, that it provides you with wonderful and seldomly heard Rhythm & Blues.

And every time I include bluesmen and women who recorded hundreds of sides for the label. Today, I have Peetie Wheatstraw, Johnnie Temple, Rosetta Howard, Frankie 'Half Pint' Jaxon, Georgia White and Bill Gaither who performed under the name of Leroy's Buddy in honor of his friend Leroy Carr who died in 1935.



  1. Leroy's Buddy (Bill Gaither) - Rainy Morning (Decca 7797)
  2. Peetie Wheatstraw - Cuttin' 'Em Slow (7798)
  3. George Davis - Fast Asleep Blues (7799)
  4. Johnnie Temple - Jive Me, Baby (7800)
  5. Rosetta Howard - Headin' for the River (7801)
  6. Lil Hardin Armstrong - Why Is A Good Man So Hard To Find (7803)
  7. Ollie Shepard & Ollie Potter - I'm Stepping Out Tonight (7805)
  8. Frankie Halfpint Jaxon - Turn Over (7806)
  9. Georgia White - Worried Head Blues (7807)
  10. Virginia Four - I'd Feel Much Better (7808)
  11. Roosevelt Sykes - Eight Ball Blues (7809)
  12. Blind Willie McTell - Cold Winter Day (7810)
  13. Sam Price - Oh Lawdy Mama (7811)
  14. Leroy's Buddy (Bill Gaither) - Bloody Eyed Woman (7812)
  15. Blue Lu Barker - Scat Skunk (7813)
  16. Cow Cow Davenport - The Mess Is Here (7813)
  17. Sleepy John Estes - Mary Come On Home (7814)


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Andy Kirk & Mary Lou Williams - Scratchin' in the Gravel
  • Lil Armstrong & her Dixielanders - Riffin' The Blues
  • Mary Lou Williams - Overhand
  • Skeets Tolbert & His Gentlemen Of Swing - Jumpin' Jack
  • Tiny Parham - Moving Day