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Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown

Crazy Blues

A milestone recording that came about quite by accident.

Flying Crow

Dave Alexander billed himself as Black Ivory King. You could say he was “better-known as”, but barely anything is known of the man at ...

Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me

This song, Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me, is a response to events surrounding Ford’s newspaper, the Dearborn Independent. One of the largest publications ...

The Biggest Aspidistra in the World

A big old hit about a big old plant.

BANNED! Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Wait...they banned what?!

Love In The Stacks

Casanova: rakish seducteur, suave, dashing… librarian?

627 Stomp

Just payin' dues...

Oozlin’ Daddy Blues

Bob Wills was a pioneer of Western swing, but he also had a bit of the blues in him.

The Picks

You’re listening to “Oh, Boy!” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and a vocal group you may never have heard of…because they were left ...

The Little Man Who Wasn’t There

It’s hard to imagine a jazzy Hit Parade favorite having once been a poem…and a super-creepy poem at that.

The First Lady of Song

When Chick Webb first met Ella Fitzgerald in 1934, she was a shy, ungainly 16 year old girl...
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