Deep South Soundscape: Louisiana Rhythm and Blues

Louisiana Rhythm and Blues

In this edition of the Deep South Soundscape, the selector explores the Rhythm and Blues of Louisiana.

Fats Domino – “The Fat Man” (1949)
Dave Bartholomew – “Who Drank My Beer While I Was In The Rear” (1952)
Dave Bartholomew – “My Ding-A-Ling” (1952)
Smiley Lewis – “Blue Monday” (1954)
Fats Domino – “Ain’t That A Shame” (1955)
Dave Bartholomew – “Four Winds” (1955)
Smiley Lewis – “I Hear You Knocking” (1955)
Fats Domino – “Poor Me” (1955)
Shirley & Lee – “Let the Good Times Roll” (1956)
Fats Domino – “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
Fats Domino – “My Blue Heaven” (1956)
Clarence “Frogman” Henry – “Ain’t Got No Home” (1956)
Smiley Lewis – “One Night of Sin” (1956)
Jerry Lee Lewis – “Whole Lot of Shaking Going On” (1957)
Jerry Lee Lewis – “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
Chris Kenner – “Sick and Tired” (1957)
Dave Bartholomew – “The Monkey” (1957)
Fats Domino – “I’m Walkin’” (1957)
Fats Domino – “Valley of Tears” (1957)
Fats Domino – “The Big Beat” (1957)
Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns – “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” (1957)
Fats Domino – “Whole Lotta Loving” (1958)
Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns – “Don’t You Just Know It” (1958)
Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns – “Little Chickee Wha Wha” (1958)
Al “Carnival Time” Johnson – “Carnival Time” (1959)
Lloyd Price – “Personality” (1959)
Fats Domino – “Be My Guest” (1959)
Fats Domino – “I Want To Walk You Home” (1959)
Fats Domino – “I’m In Love Again” (1959)
Fats Domino – “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday” (1959)
Fats Domino – “I’m Ready” (1959)
Chris Kenner – “Rocket to the Moon” (1960)
Fats Domino – “Walking To New Orleans” (1960)
Fats Domino – “My Girl Josephine” (1960)
Jesse Hill – “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” (1960)
Lee Dorsey – “Ya Ya” (1961)
Lee Dorsey – “Do-Re-Mi” (1961)
Ernie K-Doe – “Mother-in-Law” (1961)
Clarence “Frogman” Henry – “(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do” (1961)
Chris Kenner – “I Like It Like That (Parts 1 & 2)” (1961)
Chris Kenner – “Land of 1000 Dances” (1962)
Louis Armstrong – “Hello Dolly” (1963)
The Dixie Cups – “Chapel of Love” (1964)
The Dixie Cups – “Iko Iko” (1964)
Irma Thomas – “Time Is On My Side” (1964)
Lee Dorsey – “Ride Your Pony” (1965)
Lee Dorsey – “Get Out of My Life” (1966)
Lee Dorsey – “Confusion” (1966)
Lee Dorsey – “Working in a Coalmine” (1966)
Lee Dorsey – “Holy Cow” (1966)
Aaron Neville – “Tell It Like It Is” (1966)
Aaron Neville – “She Took Me For a Ride” (1967)
Louis Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World” (1967)
Dr. John – “I Walk on Guilded Splinters” (1968)
Johnny Adams – “Reconsider Me” (1969)
The Meters – “Cissy Strut” (1969)
Lee Dorsey – “Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky From Now On” (1969)
Randy Newman – “Mama Told Me Not To Come” (1970)
The Meters – “Dry Spell” (1970)
The Meters – “Look-Ka-Py-Py” (1970)
The Meters – “Handclapping Song” (1970)
Lee Dorsey – “Yes We Can” (1970)
Randy Newman – “Sail Away” (1972)
Randy Newman – “Political Science” (1972)
Randy Newman – “You Can Leave Your Hat On” (1972)
Bobby Rush – “Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man” (1972)
The Meters – “Soul Island” (1972)
Dr. John – “Right Place Wrong Time” (1973)
Dr. John – “Such A Night” (1973)
The Meters – “Hey Pocky Way” (1974)
The Meters – “Jungle Man” (1974)
The Meters – “Fire on the Bayou” (1975)
Randy Newman – “Louisiana 1927” (1975)
Randy Newman – “Every Man A King” (1975)
Randy Newman – “Kingfish” (1975)
Randy Newman – “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” (1975)
Randy Newman – “Rednecks” (1975)
James Booker – “Junco Partner” (1976)
Randy Newman – “Short People” (1977)
Randy Newman – “It’s The Money That I Love” (1979)
The Neville Brothers – “Fire on the Bayou” (1981)
The Neville Brothers – “Hey Pocky Way” (1981)
Randy Newman – “I Love L.A.” (1983)
Randy Newman – “Dixie Flyer” (1988)
Randy Newman – “New Orleans Wins the War” (1988)
The Neville Brothers – “Yellow Moon” (1989)
The Rebirth Brass Band – “Feel Like Funkin’ It Up” (1989)
The Rebirth Brass Band – “Shake Your Body Down To The Ground” (1989)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Use Your Brain” (1991)
Kermit Ruffins – “If You’re A Viper” (1994)
The Rebirth Brass Band – “Let’s Get It On” (1997)
Galactic – “Crazyhorse Mongoose” (1998)
Kermit Ruffins – “Hide the Reefer” (1999)
Galactic – “Villified” (2000)
Galactic – “Working in a Coal Mine” [Live at Tipitina’s] (2001)
Galactic – “Moog Marmalade” [Live at Tipitina’s] (2001)
Kermit Ruffins – “Skokian” (2002)
Deacon John – “Going Back to New Orleans” (2005)
Randy Newman – “Harps and Angels” (2008)
Randy Newman – “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country” (2008)
Mystikal and Galactic – “Move Fast” (2012)

Deep South Soundscape: Louisiana Rhythm and Blues

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

Top Ranking Singles of 1956

Fats DominoBlueberry Hill

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

Shirley & LeeLet The Good Times Roll

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Ivory Joe Hunter – Since I Met You Baby

Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes

Little RichardLong Tall Sally

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps – Be-Bop-A-Lula

Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So 

Johnny Cash – There You Go

Chuck BerryBrown Eyed Handsome Man

Eddie Cochran – Sweetie Pie

Howlin’ WolfSmokestack Lightnin’

Johnny Horton – Honky-Tonk Man

Ray Charles – Lonely Avenue

Johnny Burnette Trio – The Train Kept A Rollin

Fats DominoI’m Walkin’

Clarence “Frogman” HenryAin’t Got No Home

Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven

Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel

Mickey & Sylvia – Love Is Strange

Bill Haley & His Comets – See You Later, Alligator  

The Five Satins – In The Still of the Night  

Wanda Jackson – Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

Ray Price – Crazy Arms

James Brown – Please Please Please

Ray Charles – Mary Ann

Frank SinatraI’ve Got You Under My Skin

Fats DominoMy Blue Heaven

Webb Pierce – Why Baby Why

Harry Belafonte – Day-O (Banana Boat)

Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

Fats Domino – Blue Monday

Paul AnkaDiana

Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love?

Elvis Presley – Blue Moon

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

Marty Robbins – Singing The Blues

Little Richard Rip It Up 

Faron Young – Sweet Dreams

Harry Belafonte – Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

Patsy Cline – I Love You, Honey

Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me

Little Willie John – Fever

Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes

The Drifters – I Gotta Get Myself A Woman

Buck Owens – After the Dance

Fats Domino – When My Dreamboat Comes Home

Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This

The DellsOh, What A Night

George Jones – Just One More

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – The ABC’s of Love

Elvis Presley – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

The Drifters – Ruby Baby

Buck Owens – Down on the Corner of Love

Little Richard – Ready Teddy

Johnnie RayJust Walking In The Rain

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – These Foolish Things

Roy Orbison – Ooby Dooby

The Platters – My Prayer

Wanda Jackson – I Gotta Know

Bo Diddley – Diddy Wah Diddy

Guy Mitchell – Singing The Blues

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent

Patsy Cline – I’ve Loved and Lost Again

The Valentines – The Woo Woo Train

Elvis PresleyOld Shep

Young Jessie – Don’t Happen No More

Johnny Burnette Trio – Tear It Up

Junior GordonBlow Wind Blow

John Lee Hooker – Dimples

Huey “Piano” Smith – Little Liza Jane

Warren Smith – Ubangi Stomp

Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk

Carl Perkins – Dixie Fried

LaVern Baker – Jim Dandy

Johnny Burnette Trio – Honey Hush

Ray Charles – What Would I Do Without You?

Dean Martin – Innamorata (Sweetheart)

The Drifters – Steamboat

Eddie Cochran – Skinny Jim

Bo Diddley –  Cops and Robbers

Bing Crosby & Grace KellyTrue Love [from High Society]

Little Willie John – Need Your Love So Bad

Let The Good Times Roll

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

The Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955


Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955

Nappy Brown – Don’t Be Angry

Chuck Miller – The House of Blue Lights

Smiley Lewis – I Hear You Knocking

Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

Chuck Berry – Maybellene

Bill Haley & the Comets – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock

Little Richard – Tutti Frutti

Buddy Holly – Down the Line

Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame

Carl Perkins – Honey Don’t

The Penguins – Earth Angel

Eddy Arnold – Cattle Call

Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

Bobby Darin – Splish Splash

The Turbans – When You Dance

Hank Thompson – Don’t Take It Out On Me

The Robins – Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Frank Sinatra – Love and Marriage

Chuck Berry – No Money Down

Elvis Presley – Baby, Let’s Play House

Nappy Brown – Piddily Patter Patter

Webb Pierce – In the Jailhouse Now

Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy

Johnny Cash – Get Rhythm

Big Joe Turner – Flip, Flop, & Fly

Bill Haley & the Comets – Shake Rattle & Roll

The Platters – Only You

Young Jessie – Mary Lou

Little Walter – My Babe

Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons

Chuck Berry – Thirty Days

Elvis Presley – Mystery Train

Smiley Lewis – One Night

Faron Young – Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

Johnston Brothers – Hernando’s Hideaway

Johnny Cash – Cry Cry Cry

LaVern Baker – Tweedle Dee

Porter Wagoner – A Satisfied Mind

Ray Charles – Blackjack

Patsy Cline – Hdin’ Out

Fats Domino – Poor Me

Ferlin Husky – I Feel Better All Over

The Platters – The Great Pretender

Jim Reeves – Drinking Tequila

Georgia Gibbs – Dance with me Henry

Freddie Bell and the Bellboys – Hound Dog

Ray Charles – Greenbacks

Billy Lee Riley – Red Hot

Webb Pierce – I Don’t Care

The Clovers – Blue Velvet

Johnny Cash Trail to Mexico 

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – The Blues Walk

Merle Travis & Hank Thompson – Wildwood Flower

The Spiders – Witchcraft

Webb Pierce – Love, Love, Love

The Cadillacs – Speedoo

Johnny Cash – So Doggone Lonesome

Nat ‘King’ Cole – Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

Elvis Presley – I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

The Drifters – Adorable

George Jones – Why Baby Why

Sarah Vaughan – How High the Moon

Mitch Miller – Yellow Rose of Texas

Bo Diddley – Diddley Daddy

Lefty Frizzell – I Love You Mostly

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – What Am I Here For?

Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Ray Charles – This Little Girl of Mine

Jim Reeves – Penny Candy

Sammy Davis, Jr. – That Old Black Magic

Elvis Presley – Milk Cow Blues Boogie

The Drifters – What’cha Gonna Do

Patti Page – How Much is that Doggie in the Window

Nat King Cole – A Blossom Fell

Jim Reeves – Yonder Comes A Sucker

Ray Charles – Come Back Baby

Elvis Presley – I Forgot To Remember

Bo Diddley – Pretty Thing

Ray Charles – A Fool For You


The Valentines – I Love You Baby

Rosco Gordon – The Chicken

Bill Haley & the Comets – Real Rock Drive

The Clovers – Love Bug

Ernest Tubb – The Yellow Rose of Texas

The Moonglows – Lover, Love Me

Dinah Shore – Whatever Lola Wants

Hank Snow – Mainliner

The Clovers – In the Morning Time

The Moonglows – She’s Gone

The Valentines – Lily Maebelle

Bill Haley & the Comets – Birth of the Boogie

The Moonglows – Sincerely

Chuck Miller – Hawk-Eye

The Spaniels – You Painted Pictures

Pete Seeger – Deila’s Go

B.B. King – Everyday I Have the Blues

The Moonglows – Most of All

Bill Haley & the Comets – Razzle Dazzle

The Spiders – Is It True

Ray Price – Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes

Rosco Gordon – Love For You Baby

The Ink Spots – Melody of Love

Bill Haley & the Comets – Dim Dim the Lights

Etta James – Good Rockin’ Daddy

Slim Whitman – Roll Along Silvery Moon

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie – April in Paris

Kitty Wells – There’s Poison in Your Heart

Etta James – The Wallflower

Ferlin Husky – I’ll Baby Sit With You

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – Cherokee

Slim Whitman – Rose Marie

Eddie Snow – Ain’t That Right

Hank Thompson – Most of All

Etta James – Number One

Frank Sinatra – Learnin’ the Blues

The Clovers – Nip Sip

Perez Prado – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

The Moonglows – In My Diary

Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line

Al Hibbler – Unchained Melody

Smokey Joe Baugh – Signifying Monkey

Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants

The Miller Sisters – There’s No Right Way To Do Me Wrong

Georgia Gibbs – 24 Hours a Day

The Penguins – Don’t Do It

The Five Tinos – Don’t Do That

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Take the A-Train

The Penguins – Baby Let’s Make Some Love

Georgia Gibbs – Goodbye to Rome

The Turbans – Let Me Show You Around My Heart

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The Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955