The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 36

Good Rocking Tonight

Every show, in the intro, where Renee announces the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman, she tells the listener that Rhythm & Blues would sink into oblivion and today I'm going to try and find the answer why. And the explanation is closely connected to the birth of Rock 'n Roll so I'm going to re-tell that story again, inspired by a very interesting web page, Morgan Wright's

The story starts with that groundbreaking record that I lent the title of this episode from. From there I'll show you how African American Rock 'n Roll got off around the turn of the decade, but after it changed into mainstream, general audience music played by white artists, that old Rhythm & Blues never regained interest again - apart from a general interest in roots music, decades later, and a small audience that re-found this exciting, rollicking music.



  1. Roy Brown - Good Rockin' Tonight
  2. Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight
  3. Joe Turner & Pete Johnson - Roll 'Em Pete
  4. Paul Bascomb - Rock and Roll
  5. Tommy Brown - Atlanta Boogie
  6. Jimmy Preston - Rock the Joint
  7. Joe Lutcher - Rock-ola
  8. Goree Carter - Rock Awhile
  9. Jimmy Smith - Rock That Boogie
  10. Piano Red - Diggin' The Boogie
  11. Erline Harris - Jump and Shout
  12. Freddie Mitchell feat. Honey Brown - Rockin' and Jumpin'
  13. Little Richard - Get Rich Quick
  14. H-Bomb Ferguson - Rock H-Bomb Rock
  15. Fats Domino - The Fat Man
  16. Treniers - Rocking is our bizness
  17. Frank 'Fat Man' Humphries with The Four Notes - Lulubell Blues
  18. Piney Brown - How About Rocking With Me

  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Freddie Mitchell Orchestra - Doby's Boogie
  • Piano Red - Just Right Bounce
  • Piano Red - Red's Boogie