The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 244

Legends Mix

On this radio program I play a lot of obscurities, and today is no exception. But for some musicians, it's hard to understand how come they never got any recognition. So one might wonder what happened to Raymond Barrow - he laid down a perfect early boogie woogie on one side of a '29 Paramount disc, and that was everything that's left of him. (The flip was for a bluesman of similar fate and quality, the mysterious Freezone.)

But simply stunning is the originality and quality of another goodie on today's playlist, from the obscure band of Nate Leslie. You might expect a gem like this with one of the top swing bands of the era, but Leslie never got recorded but for these two sides, and one can just wonder, was this an extremely lucky shot of a moderate territory band, or did both record producers and history overlook a great talent?

It's in today's musical journey that, as usual, spans from the roaring twenties to the rocking fifties.



  1. Trixie Smith - Give Me That Slow Drag
  2. Fletcher Henderson - Everybody Loves My Baby
  3. Fowler's Washboard Wonders - The Florida Blues
  4. Barrel House Annie - Love Operation
  5. Tony Hollins - Married Woman Blues
  6. Lil Johnson - Come And Get It
  7. Peetie Wheatstraw - Good Whiskey Blues
  8. Memphis Minnie - Doctor Doctor Blues
  9. Nate Leslie - Shaggin' at the shore
  10. Richard M. Jones - 29th And Dearborn
  11. Raymond Barrow - Walking Blues
  12. Jack McVea - The Crows Boogie
  13. Duke Groner - New Blow Top Blues
  14. Charles Brown - Let's Have A Ball
  15. Billy Wright - Thinkin' Blues
  16. Orville 'Fats' Noel - Ride, Daddy, Ride


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy - Traveling That Rocky Road
  • Beale Street Gang - Teddy Bear
  • Jack McVea - Barrel House Boogie
  • Nate Leslie & His Orch - Shake Yo' Bones
  • Richard M. Jones - Trouble In Mind
  • The Original Yellow Jackets - My Blue Heaven