Highway 61 Blues 51: The Dirty Dozens

Scott Barretta investigates the roots of rap music in this week’s episode of Highway 61, featuring early statements by Frankie ”Half-Pint” Jaxon, Memphis Minnie, Speckled Red, Jimmie Davis, Luke Jordan, Willie Walker, Dan Pickett, Blind Willie McTell, Georgia Tom Dorsey & Kansas City Kitty, The Hokum Boys, Dirty Red, Leroy Carr, Harmonica Frank Floyd, Willie Nix, Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy, Little Caesar, Big Jay McNeely, Richard Berry, and Slim Gaillard.


The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, October 4, 2008 [18439]


Frankie ”Half-Pint” Jaxon: Jive Man Blues

Memphis Minnie: Frankie Jean

Speckled Red: The Dirty Dozens

Jimmie Davis: She’s A Hum-Dum-Dinger

Luke Jordan: Cocaine Blues

Willie Walker: South Carolina Rag

Dan Pickett: Number Writer

Blind Willie McTell: A Married Man’s A Fool

Blind Willie McTell: A To Z Blues

Georgia Tom Dorsey & Kansas City Kitty: How Can You Have The Blues

The Hokum Boys: Terrible Operation Blues

Dirty Red: Dirty Mother Forya

Leroy Carr: Papa’s On The House Top

Harmonica Frank Floyd: Swamp Root

Willie Nix: Just Can’t Stay

Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy: Baby Baby

Little Caesar: You Can’t Bring Me Down

Big Jay McNeely: Road House Boogie

Richard Berry: The Big Break

Slim Gaillard: Crap Shooter’s Jive



Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Joe Yorke at the University of Mississippi

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt


© 2008, 2018 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.