The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 70

Blues Shouters

Today's show is devoted to the blues shouters - men who were able to sing the blues unamplified over the band and the noisy joint. And for sure the bluesmen in today's show could. You can't call it a very sophisticated way of singing, but together with the often raunchy lyrics, it created an atmosphere that very well fit a place crowded with drunk, dancing people. Yet several of these singers did their recordings and appearances fronting the great big bands.



  1. Big Joe Turner - My Gal's A Jockey
  2. Big Joe Turner - Johnson and Turner Blues
  3. Jimmy Rushing - Mr. Five by Five
  4. Count Basie feat. James Rushing - Blues in the dark
  5. Duke Henderson - San Quentin Quail
  6. Duke Henderson - Lucy Brown
  7. Wynonie Harris - Papa Tree Top
  8. Wynonie Harris - Lollipop Mama
  9. Lucky Millinder feat. Wynonie Harris - Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well
  10. Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Alimony Blues
  11. Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Oil Man Blues
  12. Al 'Cake' Wichard Sextette & Jimmy Witherspoon - Grandma Grandpa
  13. Jimmy Witherspoon - Geneva Blues
  14. Roy Brown - Miss Fanny Brown
  15. Roy Brown - Wrong Woman Blues
  16. Sonny Parker & Gladys Hampton's Blue Boys - Worried Life Blues
  17. Tiny Bradshaw - The Blues Came Pouring Down
  18. Smiley Lewis - Low Down


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Buddy Banks - Bank's Boogie
  • Buddy Tate - Tate's a Jumpin'
  • Count Basie - John's Idea
  • Count 'Red' Hastings - Patches
  • Earl Bostic - Disc Jockey's Nightmare