The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 86
Maybe not so hip as Chicago or Los Angeles - Houston was one of the important centers of Rhythm & Blues in the late forties and early fifties. I took my play list today from a 4 CD box that I recently got myself, titled Houston Might Be Heaven, and judging the music, Houston definitely had that touch of heaven.
Most musicians indeed played the clubs of Houston's Third Ward - historically the African American neighborhood of Houston, while others just briefly passed by and recorded for one of the local labels - Peacock, Freedom, Macy's, E&W, Eddie's or Independent - to name a few, sorted by obscurity.
So enjoy some of the local legends of Houston, TX.
- Peppermint Harris - My Blues Have Rolled Away
- Blip Thompkins - Got A Feelin' You're Foolin'
- Joe Houston - Your Little Girl Is Gone
- Lavarda Durst - I Cried
- Conrad Johnson - Fisherman's Blues
- Willie Holiday - I've Played This Town
- Carl Campbell - Oo Wee Baby
- Clarence Garlow - She's So Fine
- Lonnie Lyons Combo - Fly Chick Bounce
- Robert Smith - Freeway Blues
- Joe 'Papoose' Fritz - Real Fine Girl
- Lonnie Lyons - Down In The Groovy
- Little Willie Littlefield - Boogie Woogie Playgirl
- Big Mama Thornton - Bad Luck Got My Man
- Violet Hall - Six Foot Papa
- Clarence Samuels - Hey Joe
- Willie Johnson - Got The Boogie Woogie Blues
- Bill Hayes - My Baby Loves Me So
- Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
- Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
- Clarence Garlow - In A Boogie Mood
- I.H. Smalley - Smalley's Jump
- Little Willie Littlefield - Little Willie's Boogie
- Little Willie Littlefield - Swanee River