The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 23

The 1942 AFM recording ban

A little history lesson for today. In August 1942, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) started a strike. The issue was a fee to fund the union to compensate out-of-work musicians and for special projects. The strike would last over two years and had an enormous impact on popular music of the forties and the music industry as a whole.

Of course I'll play a lot of music that was released in that time despite the ban, including a historical V-disc, and I will show why there is a striking parallel between what AFM chairman Petrillo stood for, and the current developments in the music industry.



  1. Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Washington Whirligig
  2. Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy - Take It And Git
  3. Bea Booze - See See Rider Blues
  4. Dinah Washington - Evil Gal Blues
  5. Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra - Apollo Jump
  6. Erskine Hawkins - Bear Mash Blues
  7. Duke Ellington & his Orchestra - Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  8. Gus Gibson & Will Chastain - Milk Cow Blues
  9. James P. Johnson - Backwater Blues
  10. Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra - Flying Home
  11. Louis Jordan - Five Guys Named Moe
  12. Charlie Parker - Cherokee
  13. Dinah Washington - Salty Papa Blues
  14. Dinah Shore - Memphis Blues
  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra - Bojangles
  • Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra - Let's Go Home
  • Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Sorghum Switch