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1945 August The Honeydripper Joe Liggins
The Honeydripper
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: R&B
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An infectious dance beat that dominated juke boxes in black neighborhoods for the last five months of 1945. I couldn`t leave this one off the Timeline, and it`s as good as any other choice to mark an arbitrary point in time, the dawn of the Rock `n Soul era.
 
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1946 May The House of Blue Lights Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack Orch.
The House of Blue Lights
CD Source: Ella Mae Morse Rocks (1942-56+)
Time: 2:52
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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June (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 The (Nat) King Cole Trio
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 
The original recording of a great song that totally defies genre categories. Prior to 1949 the term R&B had yet to be coined. Along with Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker, The King Cole Trio spanned jazz, blues, and pop, playing "Route 66" with an emphatic, swinging beat under Cole`s restrained vocal. The song was later covered by everyone from Bing Crosby and Perry Como to Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones. The Stones` 1964 version, from their first LP, is a better rendition of the "Chuck Berry" rock & roll sound than the version Chuck Berry himself did in 1961! --- These two samples also offer a dramatic example of equalization (EQ) differences. Compared with each other, the King Cole Trio track sounds warm and full while the Stones track sounds bright and crisp. Each one reflects a combination of circumstances: the era, the studio, and the intent of the engineer to emphasize different aspects of the recording (intimacy of vocal jazz combo vs. energy of rock & roll band).
 
Sample 1: Route 66 - King Cole Trio
 
Sample 2: Route 66 - The Rolling Stones
 
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August Choo Choo Ch`Boogie Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Choo Choo Ch`Boogie
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1947 February Blue Moon of Kentucky Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
Blue Moon of Kentucky
CD Source: Can`t You Hear Me...Bluegrass (1925-2002) (4)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: rec 9/16/46, rel 1946
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The original version of the song, in 3/4 time, that Elvis later recorded, sped up and in 4/4 time, as the B-side of his first single on Sun Records, "That`s All Right."
 
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March This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie
This Land Is Your Land
CD Source: The Asch Recordings, vols. 1-4 (1944-49)(4)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: see commentary
Honored by: DG
 
The shorter, standard version of this classic was first recorded in 1946 and released in 1947 on a rarely-heard album, "Work Songs to Grow On." I can`t find a specific date in 1947, so slotted it in March for best flow. The song gradually became widely known in the folk community through songbooks used in schools and summer camps, and through radio performances.
 
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April That`s All Right Arthur Crudup
That`s All Right
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: recorded 9/46
Honored by:
 
Most Elvis fans are amazed by how similar this original rendition sounds to Elvis`s 1954 cover version. Elvis also faithfully covered Crudup`s "My Baby Left Me" in 1956.
 
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August Move It On Over Hank Williams
Move It On Over
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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November Ol` Man River The Ravens
Ol` Man River
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:59
Sequenced by: trade advertisement date
Honored by:
 

 
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1948 May Good Rockin` Tonight Wynonie Harris
Good Rockin` Tonight
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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September It`s Too Soon To Know The Orioles
It`s Too Soon To Know
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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I Can`t Be Satisfied Muddy Waters
I Can`t Be Satisfied
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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November Chicken Shack Boogie Amos Milburn
Chicken Shack Boogie
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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1949 January Boogie Chillen John Lee Hooker
Boogie Chillen
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:07
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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March Lovesick Blues Hank Williams
Lovesick Blues
CD Source: The Complete (+1946-52) (10)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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T-Bone Shuffle T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Shuffle
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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April Drinkin` Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee "Stick" McGhee and His Buddies
Drinkin` Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:13
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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October Saturday Night Fish Fry (Pts 1 & 2) Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Saturday Night Fish Fry (Pts 1 & 2)
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 5:22
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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December I`m So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams
I`m So Lonesome I Could Cry
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: country (A-side charted)
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This all-time great song was buried on the flip side of "My Bucket`s Got A Hole in It" on first release.
 
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1950 February The Fat Man Fats Domino
The Fat Man
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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March Mardi Gras in New Orleans Professor Longhair
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: recorded 11/49
Honored by:
 

 
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May Rollin` Stone Muddy Waters
Rollin` Stone
CD Source: His Best, 1947-1955 & 1956-1964 (2)
Time: 3:09
Sequenced by: recorded 2/50
Honored by:
 

 
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July I`m Movin` On Hank Snow
I`m Movin` On
CD Source: The Goldrush is Over (1945-62)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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October Please Send Me Someone to Love Percy Mayfield
Please Send Me Someone to Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 
Curtis Mayfield`s dad wrote this unique, riveting prayer for peace and love that was a smash #1 R&B hit, as well as "Hit the Road, Jack" and others for Ray Charles.
 
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Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth Brown
Teardrops From My Eyes
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1951 March Cold, Cold Heart Hank Williams
Cold, Cold Heart
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 
Along with "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page, when "Cold, Cold Heart" was covered for the pop market by Tony Bennett it kicked off a brief era of pop covers of country songs and, eventually, of rhythm & blues songs.
 
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How High The Moon Les Paul & Mary Ford
How High The Moon
CD Source: Best of the Capitol Masters (1947-55)
Time: 2:07
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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May Rocket `88` Jackie Brenston
Rocket `88`
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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June Sixty Minute Man The Dominoes
Sixty Minute Man
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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July Hey, Good Lookin` Hank Williams
Hey, Good Lookin`
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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August The Glory of Love The Five Keys
The Glory of Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:07
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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October Fool, Fool, Fool The Clovers
Fool, Fool, Fool
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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November Cry Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
Cry
CD Source: Your Hit Parade 1951
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: single
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December How Many More Years Howlin` Wolf
How Many More Years
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1952 March Night Train Jimmy Forrest
Night Train
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 
One of the greatest R&B instrumentals, this song owes its basic riff to a Duke Ellington composition, "Happy-Go-Lucky Local," one of four parts of his Deep South Suite, first recorded in 1946. Jimmy Forrest was a member of Ellington`s band when it performed the song. Forrest`s 1952 adaptation to a slow, earthy arrangement was a huge R&B hit and has stood the test of time. So has James Brown`s 1962 re-conceptualization of Night Train into an upbeat dance number with vocal recitation of a train ride of cities, which hit the pop as well as the R&B charts again.
 
Sample 1: Happy Go Lucky Local - Duke Ellington
 
Sample 2: Night Train - James Brown
 
Sample 3: Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
 
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Wikepedia "Night Train"
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April Dust My Broom Elmore James
Dust My Broom
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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5-10-15 Hours Ruth Brown
5-10-15 Hours
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:11
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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One Mint Julep The Clovers
One Mint Julep
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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May Rock The Joint Bill Haley & The Saddlemen
Rock The Joint
CD Source: Bill Rocks (1951-59)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: released first week of 4/52
Honored by:
 
This cover of Jimmy Preston`s hot R&B hit from 1949 showed that Haley and his combo could really get down. It featured a superb guitar solo that lead guitarist Danny Cedrone replicated almost note for note two years later on "Rock Around the Clock."
 
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June Have Mercy Baby The Dominoes
Have Mercy Baby
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Lawdy Miss Clawdy Lloyd Price
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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August Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Hank Williams
Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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September Juke Little Walter
Juke
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1953 January Baby Don`t Do It The `5` Royales
Baby Don`t Do It
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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February Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean Ruth Brown
Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:47
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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April Hound Dog Willie Mae `Big Mama` Thornton
Hound Dog
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:49
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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June Crazy, Man, Crazy Bill Haley with Haley`s Comets
Crazy, Man, Crazy
CD Source: Bill Rocks (1951-59)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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July Wild, Wild Young Men Ruth Brown
Wild, Wild Young Men
CD Source: The Best of (1949-59)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: R&B
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August Please Don`t Leave Me Fats Domino
Please Don`t Leave Me
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Mess Around Ray Charles
Mess Around
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Good Lovin` The Clovers
Good Lovin`
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Crying In The Chapel The Orioles
Crying In The Chapel
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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September Shake A Hand Faye Adams
Shake A Hand
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Start of School Year Honey Hush Big Joe Turner
Honey Hush
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:38
Sequenced by: R&B
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October Feelin` Good Little Junior`s Blue Flames
Feelin` Good
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:55
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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November Money Honey Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Money Honey
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:56
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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December Golden Teardrops The Flamingos
Golden Teardrops
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 3:14
Sequenced by: released third week of 10/53
Honored by:
 

 
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