The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 245

Legends Mix

Today's playlist brings us the pioneer on the electrical guitar - Eddie Durham. He had made his first recording of the amped guitar in 1935 when Charlie Christian was only a not-so-good pianist. Durham taught him to play the guitar, and just two years later, Charlie Christian was the sensation of Benny Goodman's band.

And Charlie Christian may have brought the guitar solo style to all his admiring fellow guitarists - but the jazz guitar solo originates from Durham, and it was out of a simple necessity. Louder rhythm work blew the fuses of the early equipment, so he had to limit himself to softly-played solos. In '35 no guitarist ever done a solo in swing jazz.

That's in today's show - and more, like a blueswoman whose dramatic piano chords and unusual melody lines were unheard of in her days, and ever since.



  1. Big John Greer - Woman Is A Five Letter Word
  2. Herbert Woo Woo Moore - Something's Wrong
  3. Pee Wee Crayton - I Got News For You
  4. Flat Foot Floogie Boys & Slim Gaillard - Sploghm
  5. Erskine Butterfield - Monday's Wash
  6. Effie Smith with Jimmie Grissom & The Blenders - It's Been So Long
  7. Bea Booze - These Young Man Blues
  8. Eddie Durham - Magic Carpet
  9. Albert Ammons - Chicago In Mind
  10. Eddie Miller - Good Jelly Blues
  11. Andy Kirk & His 12 Clouds Of Joy - Traveling That Rocky Road
  12. Mattie Hardy with Joe Williams & His Chicago Swingers - You're All Right With Me
  13. Dixie Rhythm Kings - The Chant
  14. Papa Charlie Jackson - Your baby ain't sweet like mine
  15. Sis Quander - Mama Is Waiting For You
  16. Victoria Spivey - Santa Fe Blues


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Cab Calloway - A Minor Breakdown (Rustle of Swing)
  • Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians - Boogie Woogie Camp Meetin'
  • Georgia Washboard Stompers - Farewell Blues
  • Gone All Stars - Down Yonder Rock
  • King Brady's Clarinet Band - Embarressement Blues (Sidewalk Blues)
  • Lil Armstrong & her Dixielanders - Riffin' The Blues