The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 251

Legends Mix

The Cotton Club had a strict segregation policy - whites at the front door only, blacks for the artist's entrance. Bands like Duke Ellington's were supposed to play jungle music, fitting to the imagery of savages in the African jungle, or the darkies in the Southern cotton fields. Now the Duke had his own artistic way to handle that, and he let his horn blowers Bubber Miley and Tricky Sam Nanton develop their growling, rattling, wah-wahing sounds and the audience - not only in the Cotton Club - loved it.

These were the days of the Harlem Renaissance, the first wave of urban African-American pride and awareness. And so, in that strictly segregated venue, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway gave Black culture a touch of cool it never lost. They both come by in today's show.

Today also a wonderful gem of the swing era, and I wonder if you heard enough of my shows to immediately recognize what I mean because I let it go by a bit unnoticed. Of course you can let me know if you did.



  1. Clarence Williams - Farm Hand Papa
  2. Duke Ellington - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  3. Cab Calloway - Down-Hearted Blues
  4. Barbecue Bob - Barbecue Blues
  5. Lizzie Miles - Too Slow Blues
  6. Triangle Quartette - Doodlin' Back
  7. Chick Webb - Blue minor
  8. Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) - Easy Towing Mama
  9. Gene Gilmore - Charity Blues
  10. Al Cooper - (If You Donít Know What Your Doing) Stop! And Ask Somebody
  11. Josh White - Jim Crow Train
  12. Helen Humes - Keep Your Mind On Me
  13. Slim Gaillard - Slim Gaillard's Boogie
  14. Lowell Fulson - Baby Don't You Hear Me Calling
  15. Johnny Otis - Alimony Boogie
  16. Andrew Tibbs - Married Man Blues


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Al Cooper - Looney
  • Clarence Williams - Mountain City Blues
  • Jay McShann - Swingmatism
  • Lil Armstrong & her Dixielanders - Riffin' The Blues
  • Plas Johnson - Downstairs
  • Washboard Rhythm Kings - Bug-A-Boo