The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 25 (ALT)
Race Music Chart
Number ones, 1947-1948
Today the number ones of Billboard's Race music chart of 1947 and a part of 1948. And you can say that Rhythm & Blues really had grown mature in a short time. The big bands that dominated the hit lists just a few years ago, are completely absent from the top of the list and all seems to go about the latest sensation of African American music - the jump blues. Pioneer Louis Jordan had some more of his greatest hits but today's playlist shows more names - including a few veterans of the blues.
For the list of number ones, I rely on this Wikipedia list. As you can see, there's something odd in the dates in today's playlist: July 10 of 1948 both features Sonny Thompson and Louis Jordan. Though there is some kind of explanation on Wikipedia, I also had to look that up in Billboard Magazine itself that is available on-line through Google Books. It appears there's not just one Race music chart; there are two. One for best selling retail and one for most played in juke boxes. The Wikipedia list has merged these two and that explains the duplicates: on July, 10 Louis Jordan was most played in juke boxes while Sonny Thompson sold best.