The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 155

Legends Mix

Like in so many shows, I somewhere get on the subject of the two recording strikes of the American Federation of Musicians. The first had an enormous effect on the music industry, the second caused an unprecedented recording frenzy in the month before, in order to remain in business while the strike lasted. That made the year 1947 the most productive year in Rhythm & Blues - and I count the year also as the quintessential year, just before the sound of Rock 'n Roll was invented, and also just before the word Rhythm & Blues was coined.

There's more than just these two important years - like two Louis Jordan soundalikes and a band that lived on covers of Jordan's songs - but for a short while, that band also also incorporated one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever - John Coltrane.



  1. Buddy Johnson - One Of Them Good Ones
  2. Marion Abernathy - Hey Little Boy
  3. Palooka Washboard Band - Save Me Some
  4. Leroy Dallas - I'm Going Away
  5. Lil Hardin Armstrong - Riffin' the Blues
  6. T-Bone Walker - Trinity River Blues
  7. Calvin Boze - Look Out For Tomorrow Today
  8. Gene Phillips - Hey Now
  9. Louis Jordan - All for the Love of Lil
  10. Bull Moose Jackson - Houston Texas Gal
  11. Gay Crosse - No Better For You
  12. Luther Stoneham - Sittin Here Wonderin'
  13. Peppermint Harris - Gonna End My Worries
  14. Memphis Slim - Darling I Miss You
  15. Memphis Minnie - Bumble Bee
  16. Manzie Harris - Cool Lovin' Mama
  17. Art Shackelford Sextette - Play Fiddle Play


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Andy Kirk - Blue Clarinet Stomp
  • Johnny Otis - Honky Tonk Boogie
  • Maxwell Davis - I'll Always Be in Love With You
  • Roy Milton - Grooving With Joe
  • Tiny Grimes - Boogie Woogie Barbecue
  • Todd Rhodes - Blue Sensation