WRFG’s Route 66 celebrates a 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, JUNE 19, 2022
Original Album or Single & Date
Deacon’s Hop Big Jay McNeely Savoy Records 1948
Juneteenth Jamboree Louis Jordan Decca Records 1940
Give It Up Roomful Of Blues Roomful of Blues 1986
Give It Up Daddy Blues Albennie Jones Decca Records 1947
Flying Home Ella Fitzgerald Decca Records 1945
Skedaddle Kurt Crandall Starts On The Stops 2022
The Hi-De-Ho Man Cab Calloway Columbia Records 1947
Shout, Sister, Shout! Sister Rosetta Tharpe Decca Records 1943
Big Fine Girl Jimmy Witherspoon Moderm Records 1949
Leave The Light On Love Light Orchestra Leave The Light On 2022
3 O’clock Blues B.B. King RPM Records 1951
Everyday I Have The Blues Illinois Jacquet, Tiny Grimes, & Wynton Kelly
The Blues; That’s Me! 1969
Sad Feeling Lionel Hampton Decca Records 1950
Boogie Woogie Country Girl Jimmy ‘T99’ Nelson
Rockin’ And Shoutin’ The Blues 1999
Confession Blues The Maxin Trio Down Beat Records 1949
Million Dollar Smile Catherine Russell Send For Me 2022
SAVOY RECORDS – 80TH ANNIVERARY SALUTE – PART THREE OF THREE
Savoy Records was founded in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky, the owner of the
Radio Record Shop in Newark, New Jersey. The label specialized in jazz, R&B,
and gospel music and became one of the most important independent record
labels of the 1940s and 1950s.
Corn Bread Hal Singer Sextet Savoy Records 1948
The first of two songs by Singer that made the Top 10. “Corn Bread” baked on the national R&B chart for 22 weeks and spent eight weeks at number one.
Barbados Charlie Parker All Stars Savoy Records 1948
Parker’s only record to make it onto the national R&B charts, “Barbados” was
the 15th most played song for the week ending December 18, 1948.
The All Stars: Miles Davis, trumpet; Charlie Parker, alto sax; John Lewis, piano;
Curly Russell, bass; and Max Roach, drums.
My Fault Brownie McGhee Savoy Records 1948
McGhee’s only true “hit” record. “My Fault” was on the national R&B chart for
eight weeks, peaking at number two.
The Hucklebuck Paul Williams & The Hucklebucks Savoy Records 1948
He Knows How to Hucklebuck Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers
Savoy Records 1949
One of the biggest records of the jump blues era, Paul Williams’s version of “The Hucklebuck” was on the Billboard R&B chart for 32 weeks and spent 14 weeks at number one. His followup, “He Knows How To Hucklebuck,” featured 13-year-old
Joan Shaw on vocals.
Scrapple From The Apple Charlie Parker Quintet Savoy Records 1949
In 1949 Savoy made several of Charlie Parker’s live performances at the
Royal Roost in NYC. “Scrapple from the Apple” was part of Symphony Sid’s radio broadcast from the Roost on January 15, 1949. The Qunitet: Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Charlie Parker, alto sax; Al Haig, piano; Tommy Potter, bass; and
Joe Harris, drums.
You Satisfy Billy Wright Savoy Records 1949
Wright’s second of four Top 10 hits for Savoy. The Atlanta native who greatly influenced Little Richard scored a total of four national hits – and several regional hits – while signed to Savoy. His recording career faded when he moved to Peacock Records in the mid 1950s.
Up and Adam (Lester Warms Up) Lester Young Quintet Savoy Records 1950
Recorded live at the Argule Lounge in Chicago on April 2, 1950. The Quintet: Jesse Drakes, trumpet; Lester Young, tenor sax; Kenny Drew, piano; Joe Shulman, bass;
and Jo Jones, drums.
Keep Your Hands On Your Heart Billy Wright Savoy Records 1950
One of several songs that should have been hits Wright recoreded for Savoy,
proving that it doesn’t have to be in the Top 10 to be good.
Mistrusting Blues Johnny Otis Orchestra Savoy Records 1950
The second in a string of 14 hits by Johnny Otis on Savoy or its subsidiary
Regents label, “Mistrusting Blues” was the number one R&B record in the country
for four weeks in 1950.
All Night Long Johnny Otis Orchestra Savoy Records 1951
The second to last hit from the Johnny Otis Orchestra while on Savoy, “All Night Long” was on the chart for four weeks, peaking in eighth place.
School Days Dizzy Gillespie Sextet Regent Records (Savoy Records) 1951
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan on March 1, 1951. The Sextet: Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; John Coltrane, tenor sax; Milt Jackson, vibes; Kenny Burrell, guitar; Percy Heath, bass; & “Kansas” Fields, drums.
Weepin’ & Cryin’ Tommy Brown & The Griffin Brothers Regent Records 1951
Tommy Brown was an Atlanta original. “Weepin’ & Cryin’,” his signature song, was
the number 1 R&B song in the country for three weeks in December of 1951.
Much of the research material for this series can be found at
Jumpin’ Wit Junior Junior Watson Jumpin’ Wit Junior 2012
Something’s Got A Hold On Me Etta James & Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
Blues In The Night, Vol. 1: The Early Show 1986
Tag (You’re It) Little Charlie & The Nightcats Nine Lives 2005