The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 59
As always when I just select some Rhythm & Blues without a central theme - there are some real legendary greats and some obscure artists that actually don't deserve to be so much forgotten. That certainly counts for Little Miss Cornshucks, who among insiders is regarded as one of the great blues women - but for the rest of the world she has completely faded into obscurity. She was Ahmet Ertegun's inspiration to found the Atlantic label, and though she never got into Ertegun's studio, she was a great influence on Atlantic sweethearts Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker.
Other blues singers helped themselves become legends, like Homesick James, who happily stretched the truth a bit on whom he'd worked with, and keeping his family relationships with other bluesmen unclear - as his date of birth.
And at the end of the show I'll dive into the thirties with two of the most contrasting singing ladies. One in the glamorous world of the thriving big band scene, the other singing the dirtiest and most explicit blues of the Great Depression. That is - I had to select one of her milder songs for I don't want the owners of the radio stations that air my show, to get in troubles.