The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 186

Legends Mix

Today's set brings us to one of the most prestigious ballrooms of the thirties and forties - the Savoy in Harlem. Spacious and richly decorated, it was the place where the Lindy Hop was born and the greats of swing played. You wouldn't get in when you weren't dressed immaculately and of course if you couldn't dance it was no use visiting the place. Skin color though was irrelevant - this was a hangout both for white and black, unlike the nearby Cotton Club that had a strict white audience policy.

Also today a blues and folk singer who sung himself out of prison - at least according to a 1937 issue of Life magazine, and an Italian-American who teamed up with Lonnie Johnson for an instrumental blues - under the Black sounding name of Blind Willie Dunn.



  1. Washboard Rhythm Kings - Bug-A-Boo
  2. Sam Price - Teed up
  3. Al Cooper - Gettin' In The Groove
  4. Justine Lamar - That'll Never Work With Me
  5. Leadbelly - The Bourgeois Blues
  6. Joe Brown - Beaumont Street Blues
  7. Big Boy Teddy Edwards - Lovin' Blues
  8. Bertha 'Chippie' Hill - Charleston Blues
  9. Champion Jack DuPree - Bad Health Blues
  10. Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four - Jet Black Blues
  11. Camille Howard Trio - Ferocious Boogie
  12. Andrew Tibbs - Same Old Story
  13. Gene Phillips - Hey Now
  14. Oscar Pettiford with Dizzy Gillespie - Empty Bed Blues
  15. Bob Merrill - Wrong Neighborhood
  16. Percy Mayfield - Two Years Of Torture
  17. Ella Johnson - Don't Shout At Me, Daddy


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Al Cooper - Jeep's Blues
  • Big Maceo Merriweather - Detroit Jump
  • Mary Lou Williams - Overhand
  • Sax Kari - Down For Debbie
  • Sax Mallard - The Mojo