The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 261

Legends Mix

And what a set again today, starting with the only woman who got dubbed the empress of the blues - Bessie Smith - with the ultimate drinking song. Don't want no clothes and don't need no bed. Don't want no pork chops, just give me gin instead.

Also today: the self-proclaimed inventor of jazz - and if he had been a little more modest about himself, he would probably have survived the Great Depression as a celebrated musical innovator. Instead, he was largely forgotten when he died, and just much later he was recognized as the influential pianist that he had been. Of course, this is about Jelly Roll Morton.



  1. Bessie Smith - Me And My Gin
  2. Jelly Roll Morton - Dr. Jazz
  3. Fowler's Washboard Wonders - Salty Dog
  4. Barrelhouse Buck McFarland - I Got To Go Blues
  5. Richard M. Jones - Black Rider
  6. Billie Holiday - Fine And Mellow
  7. Alberta Hunter - Down hearted Blues
  8. Fats Waller - Fats Waller's Original E-Flat Blues
  9. Streamline Mae (St. Louis Bessie Mae Smith) - Streamline Blues
  10. Nat King Cole - That Ain't Right
  11. Count Basie - Good Morning Blues
  12. Julia Lee - Do You Want It
  13. Jack McVea - Groovin Boogie
  14. Memphis Slim - Motherless Child
  15. Billy Wright - Mean Old Wine
  16. Gene Redd feat. Valerie Carr - I Dreamed The Blues
  17. Eddie Chamblee - All Out


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • I.H. Smalley - Smalley's Jump
  • Jay McShann - Swingmatism
  • Jelly Roll Morton - Georgia Swing
  • Lynn Hope - Tenderly
  • Sax Kari - Down For Debbie