The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 149

AFRS Jubilee!

Today a radio show about a radio show - the Jubilee show of the Armed Forces Radio Service. This show was aimed at the African American soldiers and its most famous presenter - or master of ceremonies as he named himself - was Ernie 'Bubbles' Whitman, who presented the show with a lot of humor and jive talk.

The show started together with the recording strike of the American Federation of Musicians, that made an exception for recordings for the military. And so these are the only recordings that exist from these two years.

In this show I will not only play great and unique music from the Jubilee shows, but I also tell you more about the position of African Americans in the Armed Forces, where segregation was as harsh as in the Deep South.



  1. Louis Jordan - If You Can't Smile And Say Yes (Don't Cry And Say No)
  2. Andy Kirk - Little Joe From Chicago
  3. Nat King Cole - I'm An Errand Boy For Rhythm
  4. Jimmy Witherspoon - Kain River Blues
  5. Tampa Red - I'll Be Up Again Someday
  6. Joe Liggins - How Come
  7. Jimmie Lunceford feat. Effie Smith - The Honeydripper
  8. The Four Blazes - You Better Watch Yourself
  9. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Scratchy
  10. Nat King Cole - Signifying Monkey
  11. Etta Jones with Harry James' Orchestra - Blues To End All Blues
  12. Roy Milton - Red Light
  13. Roy Milton - Ol' Man River
  14. Big Joe Turner - Low Down Dog
  15. Delta Rhythm Boys - Are You Fer It
  16. Harlon Leonard - Mistreated
  17. Jimmy Witherspoon - New Orleans Woman


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Armed Forces Trio - Blue Skies
  • Four Blazes - Hit The Ramp Tramp
  • Four Blazes - Till Tom Special
  • Jimmy Witherspoon - Stompin' At The Savoy
  • Louis Jordan - I Found A New Baby