The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 20
Race Music Chart
Number ones, 1945-1946
In 1945, Billboard Magazine renamed its Harlem Hit Parade to the List of Race Music, a name that it would keep until June, 1949, when it got its most well-known name, the Rhythm & Blues Records.
In this episode the number one hits of 1945 and 1946 come by. And in all aspects these were turbulent years. For the music, as they yielded the two biggest R&B hits ever, and for the unprecedented and unsurpassed victory of Louis Jordan, who had seven number one hits out of the fifteen titles that go by today. And for the world, as 1945 was the year that the war came to an end, with America facing the biggest economic boom to come, and Europe having to struggle out of the devastation of the war.And excuse me for doing so much talking in this episode. Some stories have to be told and they all came together in this show. I will make a comparison of the two greatest R&B hits ever, Joe Liggins' Honeydripper and Louis Jordan's Choo Choo Ch'Boogie. There's also a lot to tell on the making of the Honeydripper. And then a very personal story of how my parents, still teenagers, experienced this turbulent period, and why they never got to hear the hits that I will play today. It's not from them that I became a fan of forties and fifties Rhythm & Blues.
The date indicates when the record was listed number one for the first time.