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Blues & Beyond #289: Songs and Stories For MLK Day: "Blues In The Mississippi Night"

From: WXPN
Series: Blues & Beyond
Length: 59:00

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Music and stories for MLK Day, including the secret session "Blues In The Mississippi Night"

Msnight_small In this hour of The Blues & Beyond, songs and stories that connect with the spirit of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. We'll hear from Sam Cooke, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Copeland, as well as his daughter Shemekia Copeland, and from B. B. King, and others, including Big Bill Broonzy. We'll hear some of Broonzy's remarkable 1947 talking and singing session with Memphis Slim and John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, recorded by Alan Lomax, but not issued until many years later, and even then with their names initially disguised - because it just wasn't safe for them otherwise. The session is known as "Blues In The Mississippi Night," and I'll talk with Bob Riesman who wrote the breakthrough biography of Big Bill Broonzy in 2011 about it as well.

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In this hour of The Blues & Beyond, songs and stories that connect with the spirit of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. We'll hear from Sam Cooke, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Copeland, as well as his daughter Shemekia Copeland, and from B. B. King, and others, including Big Bill Broonzy. We'll hear some of Broonzy's remarkable 1947 talking and singing session with Memphis Slim and John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, recorded by Alan Lomax, but not issued until many years later, and even then with their names initially disguised - because it just wasn't safe for them otherwise. The session is known as "Blues In The Mississippi Night," and I'll talk with Bob Riesman who wrote the breakthrough biography of Big Bill Broonzy in 2011 about it as well.

promo included: promo289

Broadcast History

WXPN-FM Philadelphia 1-16-2012

Transcript

opening theme:
Start: 0:00 Duration: 0:59
Bert Jansch and John Renbourn "No Exit"
Wooded Hill Recordings: Bert And John
© 1996 Wooded Hill Records/Transatlantic Records Ltd

Start: 1:12 Duration: 4:47
Arnold McCuller "The Whale Have Swallowed Me"
What's Good: Soon As I Get Paid
© 2011 What's Good Records

Start: 7:41 Duration: 3:08
Sam Cooke "A Change Is Gonna Come"
RCA: The Man And His Music
© 1990 RCA Victor Records

Start: 10:49 Duration: 3:30
Neville Brothers "Sister Rosa"
A&M: Yellow Moon
© 1990 A&M Records

Start: 14:22 Duration: 3:17
Johnny Copeland "Ghetto Child"
Castle Music: Ghetto Child
© 2003 Castle Music

Start: 18:33 Duration: 2:07
B. B. King "I'm Gonna Sit In ('Til You Give In)"
MCA: King Of The Blues
© 1992 MCA Records, Inc.

Start: 20:40 Duration: 8:13
B. B. King "Why I Sing The Blues"
MCA: King Of The Blues
© 1992 MCA Records, Inc.

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Timing and Cues

00:00 Billboard: Show opens, opening theme, "This is The Blues & Beyond. I'm Jonny Meister."

00:59 Billboard ends.. "... in this hour of The Blues & Beyond."

01:00 "option" song: "J. B. Lenoir wrote a number of great songs about civil rights ..."

05:59 "option" song fades

06:00 show re-intro: "This is The Blues & Beyond. I'm Jonny Meister....."

34:17 end of part 1:

"... after the break, here on The Blues & Beyond."

59-second bed plays

35:16 bed fades

35:17 part 2: show re-intro: "This is The Blues & Beyond. I'm Jonny Meister."

58:27 voice out on part 2 "... thanks for listening to this hour of The Blues & Beyond."

58:59 theme fades end of part 2

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
No Exit Bert Jansch and John Renbourn Bert And John. Wooded Hill Recordings 1996 :59
The Whale Have Swallowed Me Arnold McCuller Soon As I Get Paid. What's Good 2011 04:47
A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke The Man And His Music. RCA 1990 03:08
Sister Rosa Neville Brothers Yellow Moon. A&M 1990 03:30
Ghetto Child Johnny Copeland Ghetto Child. Castle Music 2003 03:17
I'm Gonna Sit In ('Til You Give In) B. B. King King Of The Blues. MCA 1992 02:07
Why I Sing The Blues B. B. King King Of The Blues. MCA 1992 08:13
Down In Mississippi Eagle-Eye Cherry, Vernon Reid, and James Blood Ulmer The Soul Of A Man. Columbia/Legacy 2003 04:27
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground Marc Ribot The Soul Of A Man. Columbia/Legacy 2003 :59
Black, Brown, and White Blues Big Bill Broonzy Blues In The Mississippi Night. Rounder 2003 02:19
Conversation Continues Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim, John Lee Williamson Blues In The Mississippi Night. Rounder 2003 03:56
Levee Camp and Prison Songs, Conversation Continues Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim, John Lee Williamson Blues In The Mississippi Night. Rounder 2003 05:10
God's Word Shemekia Copeland The Soul Of A Man. Columbia/Legacy 2003 04:18
Forty-Eight John Renbourn Sir John A Lot. Shanachie 1992 :58

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Related Website

http://www.xpn.org/beyond