The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 263
A few historical recordings in today's set. There's that monumental recording of Bessie Smith, the soundtrack from her musical short St. Louis Blues. Now Bessie can belt out the blues like one-one else, on her man who left her for a woman wearing diamond rings, make-up and a wig, knowing that she will never be able to compete with the urban ways of her rival from St. Louis. You will also get the story of how W.C. Handy composed it in 1914 in his groundbreaking sheet music publications.
There's also the mother of all civil rights songs - it was not the first, but Billie Holiday performed her spine-chilling protest song against lynchings in venues where the audience was white. This was the last song; bar service had closed, the place was all dark but a spotlight on the singer. Afterwards complete silence in the shocked and bewildered audience, followed by a roar of either approval or disapproval. By then, she'd left the stage.