The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 190

Bluebird Mix, 1940

Today's selection comes from the Bluebird label, some releases from 1940. It's good for some real juicy stories - there's Sindey Bechet and Lead Belly, both got in trouble with the law more than once. For that, Lead Belly even made it to a three-page article in Life magazine, complete with a full-page color picture - pretty rare in 1937.

But also Alberta Hunter makes for a nice bio - and some wonderful Youtube-clips of the elderly lady doing some of the dirty blues. As I read in one of her biographies: at her old age, she doesn't belt the blues, she insinuates them.



  1. Sidney Bechet - Sidney's Blues
  2. Bo Carter - My Little Mind
  3. Jelly Roll Morton - Georgia Swing
  4. Cats & The Fiddle - Hep Cat's Holiday
  5. Lil Green - Romance In The Dark
  6. Jazz Gillum - Key To The Highway
  7. Lonnie Johnson - Get Yourself Together
  8. Walter Davis - If It Hadn't Been For You
  9. Alberta Hunter - My Castle's Rockin'
  10. Tommy McClennan - My Baby's Doggin' Me
  11. Johnny Dodds - Bucktown Stomp
  12. Leadbelly - Alberta
  13. Washboard Sam - I'm Going To St. Louis
  14. Tampa Red - What Am I Going To Do
  15. Sonny Boy Williamson I - I Been Dealing With The Devil
  16. Florida Kid - Hitler Blues


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Sidney Bechet - Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
  • Bennie Goodman - Farewell Blues
  • Earl Hines - Easy Rhythm
  • Fats Waller - Scram