The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 247

Legends Mix

Robert Johnson was a great bluesman, but he was as good in creating a legend around him that goes on until today - and still theories and assumptions pop up, on what his agreement with the devil should have been, the location of that crossroads, the cause of his death, the location where he was buried, and how he achieved is haunting style. It's not uncommon for thirties bluesmen to have a poorly documented biography, but in this case all the gaps have been filled up with fabrications of either himself or people admiring him - and that again adds to the myth around him.

You'll get more - as usual a great variety of styles all under the then-denominator Race music, nowadays we'd call it Rhythm & Blues. And also, as usual, spanning from the roaring twenties to the rocking fifties.



  1. Josh White - Things About Coming My Way
  2. Blind Blake & Papa Charlie Jackson- Papa Charlie And Blind Blake Talk About It
  3. Fletcher Henderson - Baby Girl
  4. Fowler's Washboard Wonders - Washboard Stomp
  5. Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five - Knee Drops
  6. Robert Johnson - Hellhound on My Trail
  7. Washboard Sam - Mama Dont Allow
  8. Five Jinks - Za Zu Swing
  9. Harlan Leonard - Please Don't Squabble
  10. Florida Kid - I Can Drive
  11. Erskine Butterfield - Lighthouse
  12. Port Of Harlem Seven - Pounding Heart Blues
  13. Charles Brown - Texas Blues
  14. La Melle Prince & Maxwell Davis - Phone Me Blues
  15. Jerry 'Boogie' McCain - Wine O Wine


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Clarence Williams & The Alabama Jug Band - Jazz It Blues
  • Fletcher Henderson - Aunt Hagar's Children Blues
  • Georgia Washboard Stompers - Farewell Blues
  • Harlan Leonard - Keep Rockin'
  • Julian Dash - Creamin' Boogie