The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 234

Legends Mix

Today's playlist comes with two stories about the music industry. First compares recording technology before and after 1925. That year, electrical recording was introduced by General Electric, and within a year all studios had made the giant leap forward in sound quality - suddenly a record sounded better than AM radio! Of course, I'll play a record from before and one from the end of 1925 to illustrate.

Also I'll tell you about one of the very few recording companies that survived the deepest of the Great Depression, 1931-1933, and I'll play two records from labels of that company. There's more - as usual the playlist runs from the Roaring Twenties to the Rocking Fifties.



  1. Louis Armstrong - Squeeze Me
  2. Ethel Waters - Shake That Thing
  3. Mamie Smith - Fare Thee Honey Blues
  4. Williams Washboard Band - Kelsey's Hot Nuts
  5. Sam Collins - It Won't Be Long
  6. Henry Red Allen & his Rhythmakers - Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn
  7. Original Yellow Jackets - Business After Midnight
  8. Memphis Minnie - I'm A Bad Luck Woman
  9. Cats & the Fiddle - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
  10. Ink Spots - Your Feet's Too Big
  11. Illinois Jacquet - Throw It Out Your Mind Baby
  12. Hadda Brooks - I Can't Get Started
  13. Jack McVea - Basses Boogie
  14. Milt Buckner - Milt's Boogie
  15. Tony Hollins - I'll Get A Break
  16. Goree Carter - Serenade
  17. Ruth Brown - I'll Wait For You


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Duke Ellington - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  • Hadda Brooks - Brooks' Boogie
  • Harlan Leonard - Dameron Stomp
  • Illinois Jacquet - For Europeans Only
  • Jack McVea - Reetie Vootie Boogie