The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 236


Today I'll play my tunes in two versions each - different sounding and with a story. The first comes from a promise that I did to you in last show - where I introduced you to the term vocalese, the art of putting lyrics to what originally was meant to be an instrumental. And so I start with two version of Jimmy Forrest's composition Night Train - that is, for as far as it's his composition. The tune already had a history of over a decade before he put his name on it.

There's more of these version pairs - and I suggest you also listen closely to the background music while I'm talking, because several of the instrumentals I play there, provide a third version that I'll tell you about.



  1. Jimmy Forrest - Night Train
  2. Four Blazes - Night Train
  3. Deek Watson & The Brown Dots - For Sentimental Reasons
  4. Nat King Cole - For Sentimental Reasons
  5. Papa Freddie - Muddy Water blues
  6. Eddie Miller - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
  7. Stovepipe Johnson - I Ain't Got Nobody
  8. Tiny Bradshaw - I Ain't Got Nobody
  9. Clarence Williams' Blue Five - Everybody Loves My Baby
  10. Lionel Hampton - Everybody Loves My Baby
  11. Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra - Flying Home
  12. Big Jay McNeely - Flying Home
  13. Trixie Smith - He May Be Your Man
  14. Helen Humes - He May Be Your Man
  15. Victoria Spivey - Black Snake Blues
  16. King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators - Black Snake Blues


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds Of Joy - Bear Down
  • Benny Goodman - Flying Home
  • Duke Ellington - Happy Go Lucky Local
  • Earl Hines - Everybody Loves My Baby
  • King Brady's Clarinet Band - Embarressement Blues (Sidewalk Blues)
  • Savannah Syncopators - Who's Blue