The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 55

The Philo label

Philo was the forerunner of the famous and succesful Aladdin label. It was started in 1945 by the brothers Eddie and Leo Mesner and went off strong with artists like Illinois Jacket, Wynonie Harris, Helen Humes and Jay McShann. Today the turbulent first half year of this record company when they released their records as Philo, with the typical silver label and the Aladdin's lamp, from its smoke the word Philo formed. When radio manufacturer Philco forced them to change the name, it was the lamp that stayed and gave the name to the subsequent releases.



  1. Illinois Jacket - Flying Home
  2. Wynonie Harris - Around The Clock
  3. Wynonie Harris - Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
  4. Helen Humes - Be Baba Leba
  5. Helen Humes & Bill Doggett Octet - Unlucky Woman
  6. Jay Mcshann - Walkin' blues
  7. Jay McShann feat. Numa Lee Davis - When I've Been Drinking
  8. Jay McShann - Merry-Go-Round-Blues
  9. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Baby Don't You Cry
  10. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Drifting Blues
  11. Cousin Joe - My Love Comes Tumblin' Down
  12. Howard Mcghee - Lifestream
  13. Cousin Joe - Just Another Woman
  14. Helen Humes - Central Avenue Boogie
  15. Lester Young - D.B. Blues


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Illinois Jacket - Uptown Boogie
  • Howard Mcghee - Intersection
  • Howard McGhee Mop Mop