The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 63

The 1948 recording ban

Today the story behind the 1948 recording ban of the American Federation of Musicians, together with music from the recording frenzy of the second half of December 1947, when record labels tried to get as much material as possible to survive the ban.

The strike - the second, as there had been one before from 1942-44, lasted a whole year. What was at stake? What were the motives of the AFM and its president, James Caesar Petrillo, and did he achieve his goals? You'll get these questions answered together with a portrait of the man who'd ruled one of the most powerful labor unions of its time.



  1. Al 'Cake' Wichard Sextette & Duke Henderson - His Majesty's Boogie
  2. Amos Milburn - It Took A Long Long Time
  3. Marion Abernathy - Undecided
  4. Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight
  5. Ravens - Together
  6. Jimmy Liggins - Careful Love
  7. Four Shades Of Rhythm - One Hundred Years From Today
  8. Sonny Thompson - Not On A Christmas Tree
  9. Art Shackelford Sextette - Beatin' The Ban
  10. Camille Howard - X temperaneous Boogie
  11. Muddy Waters - Good Lookin' Woman
  12. T-Bone Walker - Plain Old Down Home Blues
  13. Memphis Minnie - Shout The Boogie
  14. Big Bill Broonzy - Summertime Blues
  15. Martha Davis - Kitchen Blues
  16. Lloyd Glenn - Midnight Boogie


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Al 'Cake' Wichard Sextette - Piece Of Cake
  • Big Three Trio - 88 Boogie
  • Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson - Shavetail
  • Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces - Royal Boogie