1949: The R&B Hits

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
1949 was defining year for music in general, its first year back in full force after World War II and the musician union's ban on recording in 1948. It was also the first year that African-American record charts were called "rhythm & blues" instead of "race" charts. It was the end of the big band era; Louis Jordan was at his peak, and the resurgence of old Delta-styled blues played electrically was making inroads on small labels across America. This 48-track, two-disc set gives a real feel, through its very nice cross-section, of what was actually popular with R&B listeners that important year -- and does it with nice, clean transfers on most of the material. Along the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
1949 was defining year for music in general, its first year back in full force after World War II and the musician union's ban on recording in 1948. It was also the first year that African-American record charts were called "rhythm & blues" instead of "race" charts. It was the end of the big band era; Louis Jordan was at his peak, and the resurgence of old Delta-styled blues played electrically was making inroads on small labels across America. This 48-track, two-disc set gives a real feel, through its very nice cross-section, of what was actually popular with R&B listeners that important year -- and does it with nice, clean transfers on most of the material. Along the way, we're treated to the diverse sounds of John Lee Hooker "Boogie Chillen", Paul Williams "The Hucklebuck", Louis Jordan "Saturday Night Fish Fry", Ruth Brown "So Long", Larry Darnell "For You My Love", Charles Brown "Trouble Blues", Amos Milburn "Roomin' House Boogie", Tampa Red "When Things Go Wrong", Lionel Hampton "Lavender Coffin", Big Jay McNeely "Deacon's Hop", Robert Night Hawk "Annie Lee Blues" and Stick McGhee "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee". A diverse and quite listenable collection, this tips the scale rightly with a nice balance of hits and important music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: Indigo Uk
  • UPC: 766126410443
  • Catalog Number: 104

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boogie Chillen' - John Lee Hooker (3:10)
  2. 2 The Deacon's Hop - Big Jay McNeely (2:48)
  3. 3 The Hucklebuck - Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams (3:04)
  4. 4 Get Yourself Another Fool - Charles Brown (3:01)
  5. 5 Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? - Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra (2:17)
  6. 6 Hip Shakin' Mama - Chubby Newsome (2:42)
  7. 7 Grandma Plays the Numbers - Wynonie Harris (2:39)
  8. 8 Ain't Nobody's Business, Pt. 2 - Jimmy Witherspoon (3:08)
  9. 9 I Didn't Like It the First Time - Julia Lee (2:58)
  10. 10 Rockin' at Midnight - Roy Brown (2:43)
  11. 11 T-Bone Shuffle - T-Bone Walker (2:58)
  12. 12 Beef Stew - Hal Singer (2:31)
  13. 13 Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Sticks McGhee (3:15)
  14. 14 The Hucklebuck - Roy Milton (2:21)
  15. 15 Confession Blues - Ray Charles (2:31)
  16. 16 Hucklebuck Daddy - Jimmy Preston (2:43)
  17. 17 Hold Me Baby - Amos Milburn (2:49)
  18. 18 Trouble Blues - Charles Brown (2:21)
  19. 19 Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker (3:01)
  20. 20 Back Street - Eddie Chamblee (2:46)
  21. 21 Cole Slaw - Frank Culley (21:45)
  22. 22 In the Middle of the Night - Amos Milburn (22:45)
  23. 23 Baby Get Lost - Dinah Washington (23:45)
  24. 24 Beans and Corn Bread - Louis Jordan (24:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Come Back Baby - Lowell Fulson (2:29)
  2. 2 It's Midnight (No Place to Go) - Little Willie Littlefield (2:36)
  3. 3 All SHe Wants to Do Is Rock - Wynonie Harris (2:37)
  4. 4 Lavender Coffin - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (2:45)
  5. 5 Blues at Midnight - Ivory Joe Hunter (2:50)
  6. 6 Roomin' House Boogie - Amos Milburn (2:45)
  7. 7 So Long - Ruth Brown (2:37)
  8. 8 Rock the Joint - Jimmy Preston (2:36)
  9. 9 When Things Go Wrong with You - Tampa Red (2:56)
  10. 10 Page Boy Shuffle - Joe Thomas (2:39)
  11. 11 In the Evening - Jimmy Witherspoon (3:00)
  12. 12 T-Model Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins (2:35)
  13. 13 Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan (5:23)
  14. 14 Why Don't You Haul off and Love Me - Bull Moose Jackson (3:00)
  15. 15 For You My Love - Larry Darnell (2:37)
  16. 16 Mary's Fine @@Clarence"Gatemouth" Brown (2:42)
  17. 17 Angel Child - Memphis Slim (2:51)
  18. 18 Boogie at Midnight - Roy Brown (2:52)
  19. 19 Don't Put Me Down - Jimmy Liggins (2:55)
  20. 20 Lonesome Cabin Blues - Mercy Dee (2:41)
  21. 21 Cuttin' Out - Annie Laurie (2:46)
  22. 22 Real Pretty Mama Blues - Amos Milburn (2:20)
  23. 23 No Rollin' Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon (3:43)
  24. 24 annie Lee Blues - Robert Nighthawk (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Brown Track Performer
Roy Brown Track Performer
Lowell Fulson Track Performer
Wynonie Harris Track Performer
John Lee Hooker Track Performer
Ivory Joe Hunter Track Performer
Bull Moose Jackson Track Performer
Little Willie Littlefield Track Performer
Memphis Slim Track Performer
Amos Milburn Track Performer
Roy Milton Track Performer
Robert Nighthawk Track Performer
Jimmy Liggins Track Performer
Ruth Brown Track Performer
Louis Jordan Track Performer
Julia Lee Track Performer
Big Jay McNeely Track Performer
Dinah Washington Track Performer
Eddie Chamblee Track Performer
Tampa Red Track Performer
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams Track Performer
T-Bone Walker Track Performer
Lightnin' Hopkins Track Performer
Jimmy Preston Track Performer
Jimmy Witherspoon Track Performer
Frank Culley Track Performer
Annie Laurie Track Performer
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra Track Performer
Mercy Dee Track Performer
Larry Darnell Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Andy Gibson Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Fred Clark Composer
Frank Haywood Composer
Sticks McGhee Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Johnny Gomez Composer
Les Fancourt Liner Notes
Billy Moore Composer
Joe Josea Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
Monroe Tucker Composer
Bill Gordon Composer
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