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Jimmy Liggins 

Blues Unlimited #131 - Rhythm Rockin' Blues from the 1940s

From: Steve Franz
Series: Blues Unlimited
Length: 01:58:59

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On this episode of Blues Unlimited, it's two whole hours of smokin' Blues and red hot R&B from the 1940s. We'll hear from Roy Milton, Jimmy Liggins, Pee Wee Crayton, Little Willie Littlefield, Muddy Waters, and many, many more.

Jimmy_liggins_small In this episode of Blues Unlimited, we explore the roots of Rock 'n' Roll in 1940s Blues and Rhythm and Blues. Great, rare and classic performances from T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Liggins, Pee Wee Crayton, Roy Milton, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Jazz Gillum, John Lee Hooker, Snooky Pryor, Smokey Hogg, Baby Boy Warren, and more. Just because Rock 'n' Roll hadn't been invented yet didn't mean these cats didn't know how to boogie -- quite the contrary -- roll up the rug and put on your dancing shoes for two solid hours of 1940s-styled Rhythm Rockin' Blues.

Piece Description

In this episode of Blues Unlimited, we explore the roots of Rock 'n' Roll in 1940s Blues and Rhythm and Blues. Great, rare and classic performances from T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Liggins, Pee Wee Crayton, Roy Milton, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Jazz Gillum, John Lee Hooker, Snooky Pryor, Smokey Hogg, Baby Boy Warren, and more. Just because Rock 'n' Roll hadn't been invented yet didn't mean these cats didn't know how to boogie -- quite the contrary -- roll up the rug and put on your dancing shoes for two solid hours of 1940s-styled Rhythm Rockin' Blues.

Timing and Cues

Hour 1: 00:00 - 59:59
In Cue: "Welcome to Blues Unlimited..."
Out Cue (at 58:59): "...coming up right after this break."

Break (60 second music bed): 58:59 - 59:59

Hour 2: 59:59 - 1:58:59
In Cue: "Welcome back to the show..."
Out Cue (at 1:57:28): "...next time, right here on Blues Unlimited."

Note: from 1:57:28 to 1:58:59, an instrumental by Todd Rhodes and Joe Thomas, "Page Boy Shuffle," closes the show.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Rocket Boogie 88 [Part 2] Pete Johnson Boogie Woogie Riot!. Ace/Arhoolie 1949 02:43
Alcohol Blues John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson Blue Bird Blues - When The Sun Goes Down Vol. 8. RCA/Bluebird 1947 02:52
Mother Fuyer Dirty Red Urban Blues Vol. 1 - Blues Uptown. Imperial 1947 02:28
Let Me Play With Your Poodle Lightnin' Hopkins The Complete Aladdin Recordings. EMI 1947 02:32
Gonna Take My Rap Bill "Jazz" Gillum Complete Recorded Works Vol. 4 1946-1949. Document 1947 03:12
Don't Want No Skinny Woman Baby Boy Warren Stop Breakin' Down. Official 1949 03:11
Information Blues Roy Milton & His Solid Senders The Specialty Story. Specialty 1949 02:43
Tell Me Baby Little Willie Littlefield Barrelhouse & Rockin' Blues 1940s-1950s Vol. 2. P-Vine 1949 02:49
Cadillac Boogie Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy The Specialty Story. Specialty 1947 02:38
Boogie Rambler Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown His First Recordings 1947-1951. Blues Collection 1949 02:58
New Orleans Shuffle Johnny Otis Rhythm and Blues Caravan. Savoy Jazz 1949 02:41
Creole Gal Blues Edgar Blanchard Down Home Blues Classics 1943-1953. Boulevard Vintage 1949 02:30
Boogie Like You Wanna Big Charlie Bradix Modern Down Home Blues Sessions Vol. 4. Ace 1948 02:41
Burnin' Hell John Lee Hooker The Complete J.L. Hooker Vol 2 1949. Body & Soul 1949 02:44
So Many Days Ralph Willis Drove From Home Blues. Flyright 1946 02:16
Boogie Snooky Pryor Snooky Pryor. Flyright 1948 02:21
Who's Heah Smokey Hogg Deep Ellum Rambler. Ace 1949 02:45
Dices Dices Big Chief Ellis Play My Juke Box 1943-1954. Flyright 1945 02:53
Rockin' The House Memphis Slim The Complete Recordings 1946-1948. Blues Collection 1946 02:49
Hattie Green Dr. Hepcat Down Home Blues Classics 1943-1953. Boulevard Vintage 1949 02:33
Hard Day Blues Muddy Waters Legends of the Blues Vol. 1. Columbia/Legacy 1946 02:47
How Long, How Long Blues The Doc Wiley's Trio Wild Cat Boogie. Ace 1947 02:04
Trouble Ain't Nothing But The Blues Lonnie Johnson The Original Guitar Wizard. Proper Box 1949 02:01
Drank Up All The Wine Last Night Stick McGhee Stick McGhee 1947-1951. Classics 1949 02:55
Boogie Woogie Upstairs Pee Wee Crayton The Modern Legacy Vol. 1. Ace 1949 02:41
Please Set a Date Memphis Minnie Queen of the Delta Blues Vol. 2. JSP 1944 02:36
Mardi Gras In New Orleans Professor Longhair All His 78s. Official 1949 02:25
Don't Leave Me Baby T-Bone Walker The Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings. Capitol 1946 02:49
Variety Bounce Hadda Brooks Romance In The Dark. Ace 1947 02:30
Big City Blues Big Maceo Shouting The Blues. Specialty 1949 02:32
That's All Right Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Complete Recorded Works Vol. 2 1946-1949. Document 1946 02:56
Blues Blasters Shuffle Jimmy McCracklin Jumpin' Bay Area 1948-1955. P-Vine 1948 03:04
Ludella Jimmy Rogers Early Rhythm & Blues 1949. Biograph 1949 02:00
Bobby Town Boogie Lee Brown Down Home Blues Classics Vol 3 - Chicago. Boulevard Vintage 1945 02:27
King Biscuit Stomp Big Joe Williams Complete Recorded Works Vol. 2. Document 1947 02:33
All By Myself Big Bill Broonzy The Story of the Blues. Columbia 1941 02:30
It Hurts Me Too Tampa Red Complete Recorded Works Vol. 11 1939-1940. Document 1940 02:33
Floyd's Guitar Blues Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy feat. Floyd Smith His Best Recordings 1929-1946. Best of Jazz 1939 03:11
Page Boy Shuffle (excerpt) Joe Thomas & Todd Rhodes The King Records R&B Box Set. King 1948 02:40

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