The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 249

Uncle Sam's Got My Man

Today I bring you back to the first half of the forties, when the blues got a new subject to sing about - the war. From outright bravery and patriottism to the invonveniences of the rationing of sugar and liquor, from the women left behind with heartbreak while their men went to war, to their return, finding out that the spirit of America had changed. And a story easily forgotten, how Jim Crow ruled in the armed forces.

In the meanwhile the American Federation of Musicians declared their own war against the music industry. I'll dedicate a few words on that war too.



  1. Doctor Clayton - '41 Blues
  2. Florida Kid - Hitler Blues
  3. Clarence Williams - Uncle Sammy, Here I Am
  4. Cootie Williams - Gotta Do Some War Work
  5. Louis Jordan - G.I. Jive
  6. Sonny Boy Williamson I - Win The War Blues
  7. Josh White - Uncle Sam Says
  8. Bea Booze - Uncle Sam Come And Get Him
  9. Etta Jones - Evil Gal Blues
  10. Buddy Johnson feat. Ella Johnson - When my man comes home
  11. Hot Lips Page - Uncle Sam Blues
  12. Louis Jordan - Ration Blues
  13. Bea Booze - War Rationin' Papa
  14. Nat King Cole - D-Day
  15. Jay McShann - Shipyard Woman Blues
  16. James 'Beale Street' Clark - Get Ready To Meet Your Man


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Cootie Williams - Echoes of Harlem
  • Count Basie - Sugar Blues
  • Deryck Sampson - The Steady Time Special
  • Duke Ellington - Carnegie Blues
  • Lucky Millinder - Apollo Jump