WRFG Route 66 celebrates a bygone time when blues, jazz, and R&B blended
together, often in the same song. The focus is on the music of the Jump Blues
and Early Rock’n’Roll Eras (1940s to mid-1950s) and on how those styles
have evolved over the years.
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WRFG ROUTE 66 PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2022
Original Album or Single & Date
Easter Parade Vann “Piano Man” Walls Derby Records 1950
Deacon Jones Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Decca Records 1944
The Deacon Moves In Little Esther & The Dominos Federal Records 1951
Deacon’s Hop Big Jay McNeely Surfin’ (EP – France Warner Bros) 1963
TRIBUTE TO BESSIE SMITH – PREVIEW
Money Blues LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith 1958
Originally recored by Smith for Columbia Records in 1926.
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
Deacon John’s Jump Blues Music From the Film 2002
Bessie Smith was the first artist to score a hit with the standard by Billy Cox.
Her version was the 15th most popular record of 1929.
Put It Right Here Linda Hopkins Me and Bessie 1976
Recorded by Smith in 1928, Hopkins revived the song for her one-woman
show about Bessie in the mid-1970s.
Specters Walk Dave Specter Six String Soul: 30 Years On Delmark 2021
Old Kidney Stew Is Fine
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, T-Bone Walker, & Jay McShann
Kidney Stew Is Fine 1969
I Sat & Cried Lynwood Slim & The Igor Prado Band Brazilian Kicks 2010
‘T-99’ Blues Jimmy “T-99” Nelson & The Peter Rabbit Trio RPM Records 1951
How Long Blues Dave Clark And Floyd McDaniel Dave Clarks Blues Swingers 2003
You Got To Have What It Takes Betty Hall Jones Capitol Records 1949
Dust On My Needle Barrence Whitfield & The Savages Let’s Lose It 1990
Stacked Deck Billy Wright Savoy Records 1951
TRIBUTE TO BESSIE SMITH – THE EMPRESS OF THE BLUES
Born into poverty in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 15, 1894, Bessie Smith
became one of the greatest blues singers of all time.
Gimme a Pigfoot Bessie Smith Okah Records 1934
Smith’s final recording. Her career was cut short by the Great Depression, which nearly put the recording industry out of business, and the advent of sound in film, which spelled the end of vaudeville. –wikipedia
Down Hearted Blues Bessie Smith Columbia Records 1923
Written by Lovie Austin and Alberta Hunter, “Down Hearted Blues” was Smith’s first hit record, selling 780,000 copies in the first six months.
Aggrivatin’ Papa Lil Green & Her Orchestra RCA Victor 1947
Smith’s third hit on Columbia Records in 1923.
Jailhouse Blues Billie Poole w/ the Junior Mance Trio & Kenny Burrell
Confessin’ The Blues 1963
The song was written and recorded by Smith for Columbia Records in 1923.
You’ve Been a Good Ole Wagon Candye Kane Swango 1998
A Bessie Smith classic from 1925.
Preachin’ the Blues Queen Latifah Bessie – Music from the HBO Film 2015
Queen Latifah portrayed Bessie Smith in the film. In 2016 she performed
“Preachin’ the Blues” for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House.
Backwater Blues Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith 1958
Originally, the B side of Smith’s recording of “Preachin’ the Blues,” the song was written and released a few months before the great Mississippi River flood of 1927.
On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual) Bessie Smith And The Bessemer Singers
Columbia Records 1930
BESSIE SMITH RESOURCES
Biography @ wikipedia.org
Discography @ discogs.com
National Women’s Hall of Fame
Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Skedaddle Kurt Crandall Starts On The Stops 2022
Every Day I Have The Blues B.B. King RPM Records 1955
In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down Charles Brown
Aladdin Records 1949
Mad Lad Sir Charles & HIs All Stars Apollo Records 1947
Rock Daniel Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra w/ Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Decca Records 1941
That’s How You Got Killed Before Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Elvis Costello
The New Orleans Album 1990
Good Morning Judge Wynonie Harris King Records 1950
TRIBUTE TO BESSIE SMITH – ENCORE
Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair Bessie Smith & Her Blue Boys
Columbia Records 1927
The song caused such a scandel in Great Britian that it was banned by the BBC.
Tag (You’re It) Little Charlie & The Nightcats Nine Lives 2005