The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 156

The Peacock label

This week the start of the Peacock label, originally a vehicle to get the talents of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown to the spotlight, but eventually the largest Black-owned recording business before Berry Gordy's Motown.

In this first year some real obscurities, but that wasn't to remain that way. In later years, when owner Don Robey merged it with the Duke label, the combination had great hitmakers on board - like Big Mama Thornton, Roscoe Gordon and Johnny Ace.

Legendary and colorful people get some extra attention here, on the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman, and this Don Robey sure was one. He was an avid gambler (and some stories say, a good cheater in gambling), dealt negotiations with a gun on the table, stole the copyrights from the songwriters but he was good for his artists. Together with the music enough for another great show.



  1. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Didn't Reach My Goal (Peacock 1500)
  2. Bea Johnson - No Letter Blues (1502)
  3. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Mary's Fine (1504)
  4. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Two O'Clock in the Morning (1505)
  5. Sherman Williams feat. Skippy Brooks - Across the Country Blues (1506)
  6. Lavarda Durst - Hattie Green (1509)
  7. Silver Cooks & The Gondoliers - Coming Back Home (1510)
  8. R.B. Thibadeaux - R.B. Boogie (1513)
  9. Edgar Blanchard - Creole Gal Blues (1514)
  10. Memphis Slim - The Girl I Love (1517)
  11. Iona Wade - Come On In (Drink Some Gin) (1526)
  12. Floyd Dixon - Let's Dance (1528)
  13. Willie Holiday - I've Played This Town (1531)
  14. Elmore Nixon - Alabama Blues (1537)
  15. Carl Campbell with Henry Hayes & his 4 Kings - Traveling On (1538)
  16. Floyd Dixon - I'm So Worried (1542)
  17. Floyd Dixon - Sad Journey Blues (1544)


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Atomic Energy (Peacock 1500)
  • Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Boogie Uproar (1617)