The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 51

The Rhythm & Blues Chart

number ones 1953-1954

Today, the number ones on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues hit lists from of 1953 and 1954. And I start in mid-1953 because that's where I left you last time.

And once more, these one-and-a-half year got some great songs again that became instant classics. It also yielded a new character in the Rhythm & Blues, similar in popularity to Deacon Jones or Caldonia: Annie. The answer-songs and follow-ups to this song have been numerous and one of them hit number one in 1954 just like the original.

There's also a song that I had to play today that - let's say - I wouldn't have been inspired to do if I'd had a free choice. But this is what was on the hit list, so it had to go in. Judging from what I normally play on the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman, I think you can imagine what that was.



  1. Johnny Ace - The Clock
  2. The Orioles - Crying In The Chapel
  3. Faye Adams - Shake a hand
  4. Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters - Money Honey
  5. Big Joe Turner - Honey Hush
  6. Guitar Slim - The Things That I Used To Do
  7. Faye Adams - I'll be true
  8. Roy Hamilton - You'll Never Walk Alone
  9. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - Work With Me Annie
  10. Joe Turner & His Blues Kings - Shake Rattle and Roll
  11. Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters - Honey Love
  12. Ruth Brown - Oh What A Dream
  13. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - Annie Had A Baby
  14. Faye Adams - Hurts Me to my Heart
  15. Ruth Brown - Mambo Baby
  16. Otis Williams and The Charms - Hearts Of Stone
  17. B.B. King - You Upset Me Baby


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Eddie Chamblee - Song Of India
  • Frank 'Floorshow' Culley - That Girl
  • Julian Dash - Creamin' Boogie
  • Lloyd Glenn - Chica Boo
  • Plas Johnson - Downstairs