The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 82

Minor key blues

A somewhat special sounding show today, with songs only in minor key. In "Race music" and Rhythm & Blues they are pretty rare, but since minor key music tends to sound more sad, touching and emotional, there are some true heart breakers and spine chillers in the playlist, that spans from 1929 to 1956 in a somewhat chronological order. Among them several drugs related songs and jazz and blues standards, one of them written to be a fine ballad, but the blind drunk singer and band made a completely different song of that.



  1. Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary
  2. Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher
  3. Georgia Washboard Stompers - Everybody Loves My Baby
  4. Harlem Hamfats - Root Hog Or Die
  5. Lil Green - Why Don't You Do Right
  6. Julia Lee - Lotus Blossom
  7. Lester Young & Helen Humes - He Don't Love Me Any More
  8. Joe Liggins - Going Back to New Orleans
  9. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers feat. Charles Brown - It Aint Gonna Be Like That
  10. Charles Brown - Black Night
  11. Walter Brown - ABC Blues
  12. Jesse Thomas - When You Say I Love You
  13. Johnny Otis feat. Mel Walker - Gee Baby
  14. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you
  15. Muddy Waters - Forty Days Forty Nights
  16. Pauline Rogers - I'm Just A Woman
  17. Wynonie Harris - Tell A Whale Of A Tale


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce

The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:

  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Count Basie - Jumpin' at the Woodside
  • Count 'Red' Hastings - Minor In The Diner
  • Plas Johnson - Downstairs