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

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

World of Reggae Music Collection: Dancehall Reggae–The Old School

In this edition of The World of Reggae Music Collection the selector dives into the deep catalog of  Dancehall Reggae. This first exploration of the dancehall pulls from the Old School Dancehall tunes from the late 1970s through the 1990s. The kings of the dancehall make the list here, including Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Tenor Saw, Yellowman, and Super Cat. Unique voices, fat riddims, and heavy bass lines make for great dancehall reggae music.

From the creative stylings of Junior ReidTiger and Cutty Ranks to the rough-shod rhyming of Bounty Killer, Capleton, and Buju Banton to the smooth silky voices of Beres Hammond, Sanchez, and Frankie Paul, dancehall music filled the air in Jamaica where its was played over thundering soundsystems with speakers stacked mountain high. This collection of old school dancehall songs includes favorites from Half Pint, Johnny Ousborne, Eek-A-Mouse, Ninjaman, and Chaka Demus & Pliers, as well as the deeper cuts from classic dancehall artists like Early B, Anthony Red Rose, Brigadier Jerry and Super Beagle.

The selector has also made lists of dancehall reggae music, including Classic Dancehall Tracks, New School Danechall Selections, and ruff riding Ragga singles. Please comment on the selections.

Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping

Mallory Williams – She Boom

Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm

Nitty Grity – False Alarm

Super Beagle – Dust A Sound Boy

Cutty Ranks – A Who Seh Ne Dun (Wake De Man)

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote

King Kong – Trouble Again

Tiger – You Dead Now

Yellowman – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt

Major Worries – Sweet Little Rosie

Johnny Ousborne – Ice Cream Love

Super Cat – Boops

Eek A Mouse – Wa-Do-Dem

Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly

Barrington Levy Shine Eye Gal

Home T, Shabba Ranks, & Cocoa Tea Pirates’ Anthem


Anthony Red Rose – Bangarang

Glamour Murphy – What the Woman Want

Michael Prophet Gunman

Cocoa Tea & Buju Banton – Too Young

Flourgon & NinjamanZig It Up

Dawn Penn & Bounty KillerNo No No (You Don’t Love Me Anymore)

Shabba Ranks Love Punnany Bad

Triston Palmer Entertainment


Bounty KillerDead This Time

Cutty RanksStopper

General Levy Heat

Anthony Red Rose Under Me Fat Thing

Delroy Wilson – It’s A Shame

Frankie PaulLittle Walter

Barrington LevyMurderer

SupercatDon Dada


Chaka Demus & Pliers – Tease Me

DegreeBoom Boom

Anthony Johnson, Jah Thomas, & Toyan Gunshot

Cocoa Tea – Death In The Stadium

Admiral BaileyPunnany

Wayne WonderSpare Me

Frankie PaulI Know the Score

TigerNo Wanga Gut

Buju Banton – Buju Movin’

Cocoa Tea Good Life

Beres HammondFocussing Time

Chaka Demus – Young Gal Business

Admiral Bailey – Big Belly Man

Charlie ChaplainMiami Vice

Pato Banton Don’t Sniff Coke

NinjamanTest The Highpower

Anthony Red Rose – Tempo

SanchezBrown Eye Girl

Chaka Demus & PliersBam Bam

Smiley CultureCockney Translation

Captain Barkey & Angel Doolas2 By 4

CapletonCan’t Sleep Ah Night

Johnny Ousborne Reasons

Papa San & Lady GLegal Rights

Bounty KillerFitness

Tenor Saw – I Got To Be There (Roll Call)

Tristan Palmer – Shank I Sheck

Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica, Jamaica

Terror Fabulous and Nadine Sutherland – Action

Red DragonHol’ A Fresh

Anthony Red Rose & Bounty Killer Intimate Woman

Super Cat – Nuff Man A Dead

Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly

Bounty KillerLook

Barrington LevyBlack Roses

Sizzla – Got To Survive

Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side

Papa SanHippitti Hippitti Hop

Gregory IsaacsSoon Forward

Bounty Killer War

Michael Palmer I’m Still Dancing

Eek-A-Mouse – Peenie Walli

Tenor Saw – No Work on Sunday

Lieutenant Stitchie – Hello Carol

Admiral Bailey – Horse Tonic

Shabba Ranks – Trailer Load A Girls

Anthony B – Fire Come Now

Capleton – Alms House

Echo Minott – Lazy Body

Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary

Cocoa Tea, Home T, & Shabba Ranks – Holding On

Ninja Man & Bounty Killer – Bwoy Nuh Run

Tenor Saw – Fever

Admiral Bailey – No Way No Better Than Yard

Eek-A-Mouse – Operation Eradication

Carlton Livingston & Shabba Ranks – Don’t Follow Rumors

Bounty Killer – Ask Fi War

Cocoa Tea – She Loves Me Now

Lukie D & Shabba Ranks – Talk Talk (Remix)

Cocoa Tea – Love Me

Shabba Ranks – Ting-A-Ling

Tenor Saw – Shirley Jones

Tenor Saw – Shirley Dub

Eek-A-Mouse – Assassinator

Shabba Ranks – Well Done

Shinehead – The Real Rock

Cocoa Tea, Home T, & Shabba Ranks – Who She Love


Johnny Osbourne – Gangster Sound

Triston Palmer – Roaming Girl

Michael Palmer – Gunshot A Burst

Bobby Melody – Ram the Session

Reggie Stepper – Cu- Oonuh

Frankie Paul – Call the Brigade

Cornell Campbell – Mash You Down

King Kong – Dem Nah Do Nuttun

Lt. Stitchie – Wear Your Size

Pinchers – Lorna

Half Pint – Brother Love

Home T, Cocoa T, & Cutty Ranks – Another One For The Road

Ranking Joe – River Jordan

Terror Fabulous & Maxi Priest – Drop It

Wayne Wade – Poor And Humble

Brigadier Jerry – Lyrics Of Mine

Buju Banton – Love Black Woman

Charlie Chaplain – Nah Go Married

Frankie Paul – Nothing No Deh

Junior Reid – Boom-Shack-A-Lack

Mikey General – As A Man Thinketh

Nardo Ranks – Burrups

Ninjaman – Murder Dem

Shinehead – Jamaican In New York

Tippa Irie – Hello Darling

Tony Rebel – Money Tree

Junior Tucker – One of the Poorest People

Reggie Stepper – Under Mi Sin Ting

Yellowman – Bam Bam

Pinchers – Agony

Cutty Ranks – Chop Chop

Super Cat – Trash And Ready

Johnny Osbourne – Mission

Early B – Deaf Ears

Mikey General – In A Dis Ya Gideon

Barrington Levy – Strange

Shabba Ranks – Respect

Early B – Imitator

Tiger – Boombastic

World of Reggae Music Collection: Dancehall Reggae–The Old School