The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 214

The Mayo Williams - King connection

Many shows I already dedicated to the illustrous producer J. Mayo Williams - one of the most influential producers for pre-war Rhythm & Blues, but also the man who failed to set up his own record businesses because of what nowadays you would probably call a lack of professionality.

After the war, Mayo Williams had set up his own independent labels Harlem, Southern, Chicago and Ebony, and commercially his records went nowhere. In order to get them a better distribution as he was able to give, or just to get back some of the expenses he made on recording his artists in hired studios, he traded some of the masters to the King record company of Syd Nathan in Cincinnati, where some of them were released on the Queen subsidiary, or on King, and others remained unreleased. In today's show some of these records.



  1. Slim Gaillard - Vout Orenee (Queen 4104)
  2. Slim Gaillard and his Boogie Reeners - Sightseeing Boogie (Queen 4105)
  3. Robie Kirk - I Don't Want to Play In The Kitchen (Queen 4180)
  4. Robie Kirk - Roebie's Blues (Queen 4180)
  5. Jimmie Gordon - Rock That Boogie (Queen 4150)
  6. Jimmie Gordon - Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame (King 4191)
  7. Johnny Temple - (Queen Baby Give Me Some Of That) Yum Yum Yum (Queen 4151)
  8. Johnny Temple - Dixie Flyer (King unreleased)
  9. Tab Smith - Morning Blues (Queen 4135)
  10. Tab Smith - Tab's Purple Heart (Queen 4171)
  11. David Green & Melba Pope's Trio - Jodie-Jodie Blues (Queen 4113)
  12. Muriel Gaines & The Dixieaires - I Know We Will Never Meet Again (Queen 4111)
  13. Bill Johnson & His Musical Notes - Don't You Think I Oughta Know (Queen 4171)
  14. Palmer Brothers With Teddy McRae's Zanzibar Orchestra - C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I (Queen 4122)
  15. Lem Johnson - Walkin' The Boogie (Queen 4125)
  16. Lee Brown - Horse Shoe Boogie (King unreleased)


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Slim Gaillard - Slim Gaillard's Boogie (Queen 4121)
  • Tab Smith - Jumpin' At The Track (Queen 4135)
  • Slim Gaillard - Queen Boogie (Queen 4159)
  • Slim Gaillard - Voot Boogie (Queen 4159)