The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 242

Legends Mix

Today's mixed set brings us one of the most remarkable stories of bluesmen ever thinkable. A boy, having to take care of himself from the age of seven, earning a dollar a week guiding blind bluesmen, walking barefoot, in ragged clothes, sleeping in cotton fields and horse stables until far in his teenage years.

This boy worked himself up and with his charisma and sex-appeal he got himself performing in one of the most exclusive clubs of New York, and that's where he met the Roosevelts. And he didn't fall out of favor because he had recorded protest songs against segregation and discrimination - instead, he was invited to talk about it to the President.

That's the story of Josh White, and of course you'll get more today, more great music and more remarkable musicians.



  1. Louise De Vant - Hit Me In The Nose Blues
  2. Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four - Jet Black Blues
  3. Clarence Williams - Mississippi Blues (Home Town Toddle)
  4. Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders - Harlem
  5. Charley West - Ethel May
  6. Floyd 'Dipper Boy' Council - Poor And Ain't Got A Dime
  7. Cab Calloway - Bugle blues
  8. Mattie Hardy with Joe Williams & His Chicago Swingers - You Tore Up My Heart
  9. Curtis Jones - Bed Side Blues
  10. Josh White - Bad Housing Blues
  11. T-Bone Walker - Mean Old World
  12. Charles Brown - Ooh! Ooh! Sugar
  13. Johnny Otis - Good Ole Blues
  14. Cousin' Joe - Lookin' For My Baby
  15. Hadda Brooks - Brooks' Boogie
  16. The Royals - Fifth Street Blues
  17. Helen Humes - I'll Surrender Anytime


  • 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 Clouds Of Joy - Messa Stomp
  • Julian Dash - Creamin' Boogie
  • Lionel Hampton - Hamp Boogie Woogie
  • Savannah Syncopators - Who's Blue
  • Skeets Tolbert & His Gentlemen Of Swing - Four O'Clock Blues
  • Todd Rhodes - Blue Sensation