The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 21 (ALT)

Race Music Chart

Number ones, 1946 and other listings

Following last week's ALT episode, this week the number one hits of 1946 and some chart entries of that year that didn't make it to the top op the Race Chart.

1946 was the success year of Louis Jordan, with that other hit that shares the longest stay on number one of the Rhythm & Blues hitparades with Joe Liggins' Honeydripper: the Choo Choo Ch'Boogie. In this show I will make a comparison between the two and tell why, as a song, I value the Honeydripper better, but the way Louis Jordan dominated the hit lists of the mid-forties, in a way that we've never seen ever since, can only deserve the greatest respect.



  1. Pearl Bailey - Fifteen Years
  2. Lionel Hampton - Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
  3. Louis Jordan - Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule
  4. Helen Humes - Be Baba Leba
  5. Marion 'Blues Woman' Abernathy - Voo-It! Voo-It!
  6. Jubalaires with Andy Kirk & his Clouds Of Joy - I Know
  7. Ink Spots - The Gypsy
  8. Nat King Cole - Route 66
  9. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Drifting Blues
  10. Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra - Shorty's Got To Go
  11. Louis Jordan - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
  12. Big Joe Turner & Wild Bill Moore's Lucky Seven Band - My Gal's a Jockey
  13. Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers - Tanya
  14. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - So Glad You're Mine
  15. Julia Lee - Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got
  16. Roy Milton & his Solid Senders - Milton's Boogie
  17. Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five - Ain't That Just Like a Woman
  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra - One O'Clock Boogie
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra - One O'Clock Jump
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - Main Stem
  • Harry James & His Orchestra - Jump Town
  • Lionel Hampton - Hamp Boogie Woogie
  • Lennie Lewis - Blue Flame