The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 85

Roy Milton's Miltone label

In 1946 Roy Milton started his own record label, Miltone, initially as a vehicle to promote his own recordings but soon it featured other musicians as well. Among record collectors the 78s of this label are very much wanted for the cool cartoons of William 'Alex' Alexander that featured the labels of the records. I promised to put on a link to the web site that shows all of these labels, so here it goes, and another page (pdf) with more information and more label scans.

Within a year, Milton and his business partner had gotten into legal fights with each other and the record company continued without Milton's involvement until that former business partner took off for Manila on the Philippines and the activities had come to an end. Despite the fights - and the chaotic catalog numbering system - Miltone put some wonderful Rhythm & Blues in the grooves and that music is being spotlighted in today's show.



  1. Roy Milton - Rainy Day Confession Blues (Miltone 1-10)
  2. John Criner & his Orchestra - Sugar Mama Blues (18)
  3. Roy Milton & His Solid Senders - Red Light (102)
  4. Camille Howard & The Solid Senders - Mr Fine (103)
  5. Jimmy Grissom & The Original Solid Senders - Do As I Say (202)
  6. Effie Smith with Jimmie Grissom & The Blenders - Answer to RM Blues (218)
  7. Gene Morris & His Quintet - G-ing With Gene (219)
  8. Jimmie Grissom & The Blenders - Big Fine Baby (224)
  9. Peppy Prince's Modern Squires - Mr. Jackson Vs. Mr. Floyd (227)
  10. Jesse Thomas - D Double Due Love You (232)
  11. Jesse Thomas - Zetter Blues (233)
  12. Little Miss Cornshucks - Cornshucks Blues (243)
  13. Little Miss Cornshucks - Why Was I Born (246)
  14. Lawrence 'Batty' Battiste - You Gonna Get It In The End (700)
  15. Annie Laurie with Paul Gayten & His Trio - Since I Fell For You (1082)
  16. Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men - Long About Midnight (3154)


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Roy Milton - Grooving With Joe (Miltone 1-11)
  • Jimmie Grissom & The Blenders - Frank Bull's Boogie (212)
  • I.H. Smalley - Smalley's Jump (FOTO 140)