Deep South Soundscape: Mississippi Delta Blues

Deep South Soundscape

In terms of music in the Deep South, the Blues define the region. The sound emanates from the people of the Mississippi River Delta where the ghosts of slavery haunt the cotton fields. The blues were songs of enslaved Africans and gospel hymns expressed through heartfelt moan and guitar.

Delta Blues

Furry Lewis – “Billy Lyons and Stack O’Lee” (1927)
Furry Lewis – “Why Don’t You Come Home” (1927)
Tommy Johnson – “Canned Heat Blues” (1928)
Tommy Johnson – “Big Road Blues” (1928)
Furry Lewis – “Kassie Jones” (1928)
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Big Railroad Blues” (1928)
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Feather Bed” (1928)
Charley Patton – “A Spoonful Blues” (1929)
Charley Patton – “Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues” (1929)
Skip James – “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” (1931)
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Minglewood Blues” (1933)
Big Joe Williams –“Baby Please Don’t Go” (1935)
Robert Johnson – “Sweet Home Chicago” (1937)
Robert Johnson – “Cross Road Blues” (1937)
Robert Johnson – “Hell Hound Blues” (1937)
Gatemouth Moore – “I Ain’t Mad At You Pretty Baby” (1945)
John Lee Hooker – “Crawling King Snake” (1948)
John Lee Hooker – “Boogie Chillen’” (1948)
The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi – Jesus Gave Me Water (1950)
Muddy Waters – “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” (1950)
Muddy Waters – “Honey Bee” (1951)
Elmore James – “Dust My Broom” (1951)
Howlin’ Wolf – “I’m The Wolf” (1952)
Little Walter – “Last Night” (1954)
Elvis Presley – “That’s All Right” (1954)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Baby How Long” (1954)
Muddy Waters – “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954)
Muddy Waters – “I Just Want To Make Love To You” (1954)
B.B. King – “Everyday I Have The Blues” (1955)
Bo Diddley – “Bo Diddley” (1955)
Elvis Presley – “Mystery Train” (1955)
Muddy Waters – “Mannish Boy” (1955)
Little Walter – “My Babe” (1955)
John Lee Hooker – “Dimples” (1956)
Bo Diddley – “Who Do You Love?” (1956)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Smokestack Lightning” (1956)
Sam Cooke – “You Send Me” (1957)
Sam Cooke – “Summertime” (1957)
Bo Diddley – “I’m A Man” (1957)
Mose Allison – “Parchman Farm” (1957)
Muddy Waters – “Got My Mo-Jo Working” (1957)
Elvis Presley – “Crawfish” (1958)
Sam Cooke – “You Were Made For Me” (1958)
Howlin’ Wolf – “The Red Rooster” (1959)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Shake for Me” (1959)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Wang Dang Doodle” (1959)
Bukka White – “Fixin’ To Die” (1959)
Sam Cooke – “Only Sixteen” (1959)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Spoonful” (1960)
Elmore James – “The Sky is Crying” (1960)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Back Door Man” (1960)
Bo Diddley – “Road Runner” (1960)
Elvis Presley – “Are You Lonesome Tonight” (1960)
Sam Cooke – “Chaing Gang” (1960)
Sam Cooke – “Wonderful World” (1960)
Sam Cooke – “That’s It, I Quit, I’m Movin’ On” (1961)
Sam Cooke – “Cupid” (1961)
John Lee Hooker – “Boom Boom” (1962)
Muddy Waters – “You Shook Me” (1962)
Bo Diddley – “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” (1962)
Sam Cooke – “Bring It On Home To Me” (1962)
Sam Cooke – “Having A Party” (1962)
Sonny Boy Williamson II – “Bring It On Home” (1963)
Sam Cooke – “Another Saturday Night” (1963)
B.B. King – “How Blue Can You Get” (1964)
Howlin’ Wolf – “I Walked From Dallas” (1965)
Albert King – “Laundromat Blues” (1966)
Albert King – “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967)
Albert King – “Crosscut Saw” (1967)
Albert King – “Cold Feet” (1968)
Albert King – “Wrapped Up In Love Again” (1969)
Albert King, Pop Staples, and Steve Cropper – “Tupelo” (1969)
B.B. King – “The Thrill Is Gone” (1970)
R.L. Burnside – “Got Messed Up” (2000)
R.L. Burnside – “Wish I Was In Heave Sitting Down” (2000)
Robert Belfour – “Black Mattie” (2000)
Junior Kimbrough – “You Better Run” (2002)
R.L. Burnside – “Someday Baby” (2004)
R.L. Burnside – “Goin’ Down South” (2004)

Deep South Soundscape: Mississippi Delta 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

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!

March 2009

  1. Buddy Holly Memorial Collection [Geffen 2009]
  2. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 2 [VP Records 2009]
  3. Queen IfricaRoad to Mobay [VP Records 2009]
  4. Various ArtistsGold Mine Riddim [Gargamel 2009]
  5. Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2009 [Greenseeves 2009]
  6. Randy TravisI Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis [Warner Brothers 2009]
  7. Anthony B Rise Up [Greensleeves 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsRiddim Driven: Beauty and the Beast [VP Records 2009]
  9. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Rocksteady [VP Records 2009]
  10. Black CrowesWar Paint Live [Eagle Records 2009]
  11. Willie NelsonNaked Willie [Sony 2009]
  12. Leonard CohenLive in London [Sony 2009]
  13. Bruce SpringsteenWorking on a Dream [Columbia 2009]
  14. Various ArtistsCadillac Records (Original Soundtrack) [Sony 2008]
  15. Various Artists Penthouse Showcase Volume 3: Automatic Riddim [VP Records 2009]

Buddy Holly, the real king of Texas rock n’ roll music, lived a short and prolific life. He was the Biggie Smalls of Lubbock. But instead of a blaze of gunfire, Holly went down in a plane crash. This new collection of recordings bring the raw Buddy Holly to the music world. The skinny and nerdy Texan redefined rock and roll music and influenced the British rockers who invaded America in the 1960s. The Beatles were recycled Crickets. It is very easy to be proud of this lanky Texan genius.

Penthouse Showcase Volume 2 is an important contribution to roots reggae music. Bushman pays tribute to Peter Tosh with sizzlin’ covers of “African” and “You Can’t Blame the Youth.” Sweet reggae tracks include Romain Virgo’s “Mi Caan Sleep”  and Queen Ifrica’s humorous “Below the Waist.” Beres Hammond also lends his voice to some of the tracks adding another layer of sweetness.

The Gold Mine Riddim 2009 includes tracks by Gyptian and Buju Banton. The Riddim hot! The 2009 Ragga Ragga Ragga installment offers the killer tracks Bounty Killer’s “Corrupt,” Laden’s “Time to Shine,” and Vybz Kartel’s “Life Sweet.”

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!