The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 179

Eight double-siders and a twelve inch

One of the major limitations of the 78 RPM record is that it can hold only some 3:15 per side. A lot of music was composed or arranged to that limit, and longer pieces had to be split up between the two sides of a 78. I'll tell you today, that the recording wasn't just cut in two but that the band nearly always did a short outtro on the A-side to start again on the flip. That way, the second half rather felt like a sequel.

And so you will get eight double-siders - and then I had a few minutes left. I filled that up with the result of another way to extend the play time limit of the record - make it bigger. And so I end with a twelve-inch four-minute 78 of trumpeter Sidney De Paris on the Blue Note label. Not that these records ever got popular. They didn't fit on most phonographs.



  1. J.T. 'Funny Paper' Smith - Seven Sisters Blues
  2. Victoria Spivey with Lonnie Johnson - You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
  3. Illinois Jacket - Flying Home
  4. Joe Liggins - Three O'Clock Jump
  5. Pearl Bailey - A Little Learnin' Is A Dang'rous Thing
  6. Jo Jo Adams - Around The Watch
  7. Saunders King - S.K. Jumps (Summertime Boogie)
  8. Jimmie Gordon - Jacksonville
  9. Sidney De Paris' Blue Note Jazz Men - The Call Of The Blues


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Johnny Otis - Turkey Hop
  • Lloyd Glenn - After Hours
  • Red Callender - The Honey Jump
  • Sonny Thompson - Long Gone