The Front Porch Blues Show

JD Esquire & TJ & Rich Blackmarr

Rich Blackmarr will host the Front Porch Blues Show this evening.  This show will feature blues recordings representative of the close of the 1930s and specifically from the pre-World War II year of 1939.  Blues artists to be included are Robert Johnson, Tommy McClennan, Memphis Minnie, Big Bill Broonzy, Jazz Gillum, Roosevelt Sykes, John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson (I), Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Merline Johnson, Jimmy Yancey, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Tampa Red, Washboard Sam, Rosetta Crawford, Casey Bill Weldon, Georgia White, Lonnie Johnson, and many more.  We will stray into the jazz world with recordings from Jelly Roll Morton, Jimmy Rushing, Billie Holiday, Ethel Waters, Charlie Christian, and Mildred Bailey, all of whom were masters of the blues.  Note that a future FPBS outing of mine will feature blues of the year 1940, which I also researched while putting this show together.

Genre

Blues

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Sunday 7/13/2014 @ 8:00PM - 10:00PM
ArtistSongAlbumLabelComments
Robert Johnson Love In Vain Robert Johnson - King Of The Delta Blues Singers, Vol. II Columbia Vocalion rec. June '37 released 1939; Johnson died 8/38
Tommy McClennan Brownskin Girl VA - Bluebird Blues RCA Vintage Series LP Bluebird rec. from Nov. '39
Memphis Minnie Black Widow Stinger Memphis Minnie - Complete Recorded Works, Vol 4 (6-23-1938 to 2-06-1939 RST/Blues Documents Vocalion rec. from Feb. '39
Jazz Gillum Keyhole Blues The Essential Jazz Gillum Classic Blues 2cd Bluebird rec. from May '39
Big Bill Broonzy Too Many Drivers Big Bill Broonzy - Good Time Tonight Columbia Roots N' Blues Vocalion rec. from May '39 w/ Big Bill (vcl/gtr), Odell Rand (cl), Joshua Altheimer (p), Ransom Knowling (b)
Rosetta Howard Men Are Like Street Cars VA - Men Are Like Street Cars MCA 2cd set Decca rec. from June '39 w/ Henry Red Allen (tpt), Barney Bigard (cl)
The Cats And The Fiddle I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water VA - When The Sun Goes Down (The Secret History Of Rock & Roll) - That's All Right RCA/Bluebird Jazz 4cd box Bluebird rec. June '39 w/ Austin Powell, Jimmie Henderson, Ernie Price, Chuck Barksdale (vcls, gtrs, tiple, bass)
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Jelly Roll Morton Winin' Boy Blues Jelly Roll Morton - I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say RCA Vintage Series LP Victor rec. from Sept. '39 w/ orch. incl. Morton (vcl/p), Sidney de Paris (tpt), Sidney Bechet (ss), Albert Nicholas (cl)
Johnny Temple The Sun Goes Down In Blood The Essential Johnny Temple Classic Blues 2cd Bluebird rec. from March .39
Sonny Boy Williamson T. B. Blues Sonny Boy Williamson Vol. 2 (Bluebird No. 15) RCA (France) LP Bluebird rec. from July 1939 w/ Sonny Boy (vcl/h), Walter Davis (p), Big Bill Broonzy (gtr)
Roosevelt Sykes 44 Blues VA - Midnight Steppers: 70 Masterpieces by 34 Blues Piano Heroes Fantastic Voyage 3cd set Decca rec. Apr. '39
Tampa Red (Hudson Whitaker) Please Don't Throw Me Down Tampa Red: The Guitar Wizard, 1935-1942 Old Tramp LP Bluebird rec. May '39 w/ Tampa Red (vcl/gtr), Blind John Davis (p), Ransom Knowling (b)
Basie's Bad Boys (aka Jimmy Rushing w/ Count Basie small band) Goin' To Chicago Blues The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 1 Columbia Jazz Masterpieces Columbia rec. Feb. '39 w/ Rushing (vcl), Basie (org/p), Buck Clayton, Lester Young, plus 5
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra Long Gone Blues The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 7 (1938-1939) Columbia Jazz Masterpieces Vocalion rec. March '39 w/ Tab Smith (as) & Hot Lips Page (tpt) solos
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Cripple Clarence Lofton Pinetop's Boogie Woogie VA - Midnight Steppers: 70 Masterpieces by 34 Blues Piano Heroes Fantastic Voyage 3cd set Solo Art rec. 1939
Albert Ammons Shout For Joy VA - Juke Joint Jump - A Boogie Woogie Celebration Columbia Roots N' Blues series Columbia rec. Jan. '39
Jimmy Yancey Yancey Stomp VA - Midnight Steppers: 70 Masterpieces by 34 Blues Piano Heroes Fantastic Voyage 3cd set Victor rec. Oct. '39
Merline Johnson (The Yas Yas Girl) Want To Woogie Some More Here She Is... The Yas Yas Girl, Merline Johnson! Earl/Blues Documents LP Vocalion (?) rec. Dec. '39 w/ prob. Joshua Altheimer (p)
Pete Johnson Boogie Woogie VA - Juke Joint Jump - A Boogie Woogie Celebration Columbia Roots N' Blues series Columbia rec. Oct. '39
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The Port Of Harlem Jazzmen Mighty Blues VA - Blue Note Records Presents The Port Of Harlem Jazzmen Blue Note Blue Note rec. from April '39 w/ Frankie Newton (tpt), J.c. Higginbotham (tb), Teddy Bunn (gtr), Albert Ammons (p), Johnny Williams (b), Sid Catlett (d)
Lonnie Johnson Four-O-Three Blues Lonnie Johnson - Bluebird No. 13 RCA (France) LP Bluebird rec. Nov. '39 w/ Johnson (vcl/gtr), Joshua Altheimer (p)
Mildred Bailey & Her Oxford Greys Gulf Coast Blues Mildred Bailey - Her Greatest Performances 1929-1946 Columbia 4LP box Vocalion rec. March '39 w/ Bailey (vcl), Floyd Smith (gtr), Mary Lou Williams (p)
Casey Bill Weldon Midnight Blues Casey Bill Weldon - Bluebird No. 14 RCA (France) LP Bluebird rec. Dec. 16, 1938 w/ Weldon (vcl/gtr)
Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy Floyd's Guitar Blues Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy - Instrumentally Speaking MCA/Decca LP Decca rec. March '39 w/ Orch incl. Floyd Smith (elec. lap gtr), Mary Lou Williams (p)
Benny Goodman Sextet w/ Charlie Christian Shivers The Benny Goodman Sextet Featuring Charlie Christian (1939-1941) Columbia Jazz Masterpieces Columbia rec. Dec. '39 w/ Christian (elec. gtr.), Goodman (cl), Lionel Hampton (vib), Johnny Guarnieri (p)
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Blind Boy Fuller I Crave My Pigmeat Blind Boy Fuller - Truckin' My Bues Away Yazoo LP Vocalion (?) rec. 1939
Washboard Sam That Will Get It Washboard Sam: 1936-1942 Best of Blues LP Bluebird rec. May '39 w/ Sam (vcl/wbd), Buster Bennett (as), Joshua Altheimer (p), Big Bill Broonzy (gtr)
Georgia White Do It Again Georgia White (1935-1941) RST/Blues Documents LP Decca (?) rec. May '39 w/ White (vcl), prob. Blind John Davis (p)
Big Joe Turner with Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys Cherry Red The Original Boogie Woogie Giants: Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons (1938-1941) Columbia LP Vocalion rec. from 1939 w/ sextet incl. Johnson (p), Hot Lips Page (tpt), Buster Smith (as)
Blue Lu Barker Georgia Grind VA - The Blues And All That Jazz, Vol. 1 (1937-1947) Decca LP Decca rec. April '39 w/ Charlie Shavers (tpt), Chu Berry (ts), Sam Price (p), Danny Barker (gtr)
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Alberta Hunter Chirpin' The Blues VA - Men Are Like Street Cars MCA 2cd set Decca rec. from Aug. '39 w/ Charlie Shavers (tpt), Buster Bailey (cl), Lil Armstrong (p), Wellman Braud (b)
Rosetta Crawford I'm Tired Of Fattenin' Frogs For Snakes VA - The Blues And All That Jazz, Vol. 1 (1937-1947) Decca LP Decca rec. Feb. '39 w/ Tommy Ladnier (tpt), James P. Johnson (p), Teddy Bunn (gtr)
Ethel Waters Down In My Soul Ethel Waters (1938-1939) RCA (France) Black & White Series LP Victor rec. from Aug. '39 w/ Benny Carter (as), Reg. Beane (p), Danny Barker (gtr)