The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 61

78s Only

Today I pressed the 78 button of my turntable and have a pile of shellac at hand - all of my playlist, and even all of my background music, today comes from 78s. That means that the cracks in the grooves are on the house today.

Clean records have a very own sound that is defined by the limitations of recording technology in the thirties to fifties, and the characteristics of the material. When they get worn a noisy hiss and random pops caused by dirt in the grooves take over. And that is the nostalgic sound that you'll get today. Of course with great music, from late thirties blues to a mid-fifties vocal group, including a few of the most rare and obscure records to be found.



  1. Big Mama Thornton - Nightmare
  2. Kitty Stevenson - Blues By Myself
  3. Johnny Ace - No Money
  4. Doles Dickens - Don't Move A Vip Till I Say Vop
  5. Odelle Turner - Alarm Clock Boogie
  6. Sheiks - Baby Don't You Cry
  7. Joe Liggins - Worried
  8. Todd Rhodes - Sportree's Jump
  9. Calvin Boze - Baby, You're Tops With Me
  10. Lightnin' Hopkins - Moonrise Blues
  11. Smokey Hogg - Possum Hunt
  12. Trixie Smith - He May Be Your Man
  13. Georgia White - Alley Boogie
  14. Bill Samuels & the Cats'n Jammer Three - Candy Store Jump
  15. Lennie Lewis feat. Harold Tinsley - Mean Bad and Evil Blues
  16. Tommy Dorsey - The Huckle-Buck
  17. Sax Mallard - The Mojo


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Gene Ammons - Odd-En-Dow
  • Jim Wynn - J.W. Bop
  • Joe Lutcher - Stratocruiser
  • Sonny Thompson - Sonny's Return
  • Tiny Grimes - Jealousy