The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 189

Legends Mix

Today's mix brings us the story of a bluesman who became a personal friend of President Roosevelt; with whom he discussed segregation matters after he did quite a few blues on this subject. It may have caused uproar in the Deep South, but FDR could well appreciate his point of view. It was the fifties hunt for communists that brought him into trouble for his songs that preceded the heydays of the Civil Rights movement for two decades. Not that he was a communist - it was an easy way to deal with people who spreaded opinions that were not appreciated by government or society.

Of course you'll get more - enough to get to your radio on time.



  1. Big Joe Turner - Blues on Central Avenue
  2. Ebony Three - Heartbroken Blues
  3. Gabriel Brown & his Guitar - I've Got To Stop Drinkin'
  4. Mack Sisters - Jammin' In Georgia
  5. Boone's Jumping Jacks - Messy
  6. Babe Wallace - I'm Blowin' My Top
  7. Laura Rucker - Swing My Rhythm
  8. Cab Calloway - Beale Street Mama
  9. Victoria Spivey With Clarence Williams Blue Five - Organ Grinder Blues
  10. Mattie Hardy with Joe Williams & His Chicago Swingers - I Declare This Will Be The End
  11. Pinetop Smith - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
  12. Mississippi Mud Mashers - Take My Seat And Sit Down
  13. Jesse Wadley - Alabama Prison Blues
  14. Josh White - Trouble
  15. Dinah Washington - Good Daddy Blues
  16. Andrew Tibbs - You Can't Win
  17. Pee Wee Crayton - Old Fashioned Baby


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Buddy banks - Bank's Boogie
  • Buddy Tate - Blowin' For Snake
  • Freddie Mitchall - Mr Freddie's Boogie
  • Harlem Hamfats - Growling Dog
  • Lil Hardin Armstrong - Riffin' The Blues