This Week on American Routes: Bobby Rush, Holmes Brothers

Kate Wallis
Fri Oct 12 15:03:43 EDT 2007

October 10 - October 16, 2007

By Any Other Name

What's in a name? Listen in and you'll find out why Emmett Ellis Jr. became the bluesman Bobby Rush (see hour two, below); how folks get names like Topsy (Chapman), Sherman & Wendell (Holmes) (hour one, below); and how country singer George Jones became known as "the possum." 

See below for a full playlist, including song title, artist and release.

Hour One

Open Bed: "Tipitina" Allen Toussaint
American Routes original recording
"Five Guys Named Moe" Louis Jordan
Let the Good Times Roll: 1938-1954 (Bear Family)

"Well I'll Be John Brown" Huey 'Piano' Smith
Having a Good Time with Huey 'Piano' Smith & His Clowns (Westside)
Clip: Holmes Brothers

"He'll Have to Go" The Holmes Brothers
Simple Truths (Alligator)
"Niki Hoeky" Aretha Franklin
Lady Soul (Rhino)

"Mohair Sam" Slim Harpo
The Excello Singles Anthology (Hip-O)
instrumental: "Jolie Blon" Richard Fontenot
Cajun Country Guitar (Folkways)
"Jolie Catin" Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds
Folk Masters (Smithsonian Folkways)

"Jolie Blonde du Bayou " Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy & D.L. Menard
En Bas du Chꮥ Vert (Arhoolie)
Clip: Jolie Holland

"Adieu False Heart" Jolie Holland
Springtime Can Kill You (Anti)

"Corinne, Corinna" Charlie McCoy and Bo Chatmon
>From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music (Warner)
"Corrina, Corrina" Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Columbia)
"Corrina, Corrina" The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Hot 4 with Duke Dejan (Preservation Hall)

instrumental: "Corrine, Corrina" Spade Cooley & the Western Swing Dance Gang
Shame on You (Bloodshot)
Clip: Topsy Chapman

"Just a Little While to Stay Here" Topsy Chapman and the Pro?s
My One and My Only Love (GHB)

"Oh Red" Snooks Eaglin & Friends
The Sonet Blues Story (Verve)
"Sonny's Crib" Sonny Clark
Sonny's Crib (Blue Note)

Hour Two

"Li?l Liza Jane" Kermit Ruffins
The Big Butter & Egg Man (Justice)

"Little Liza Jane" Dr. John
Gumbo (Atco)

"Possum Up a Simmon Tree" Merle Travis
Folk Songs of the Hills (Capitol)

Clip: George Jones

"Who Shot Sam" George Jones
The Definitive Collection: 1955-1962 (Mercury)
"Katie Dear" The Louvin Brothers
Tragic Songs of Life (Capitol)

"Wake Up Little Susie" The Everly Brothers
All-Time Original Hits (Rhino)

"Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard" John Prine
The John Prine Anthology: Great Days (Rhino)
instrumental: "Super Soul Beat" The Country Soul Revue
Testifying - The Country Soul Revue (Casual)
"Polk Salad Annie" Tony Joe White
Live at American Routes

"Katie Mae Blues" Lightnin' Hopkins
Mojo Hand: The Lightnin' Hopkins Anthology (Rhino)
Clip: Bobby Rush
"Nickname" Bobby Rush
Rush Hour?Plus (West Side)
instrumental: "Everybody?s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" Ramsey Lewis
The In Crowd Anthology (UM3/Island UK)
"Monkey Talk" Hubert Porter with George Moxey & His Calypso Quartet
Mento Madness: Motta's Jamaican Mento: 1951-56 (V2)

"Mickey's Monkey" Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
OOO Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown)
SEGMENT: Yale University anthropologist David Watts
"David Watts" The Kinks
Something Else by the Kinks (Reprise)

"I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" Louis Prima
Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Classic Soundtrack Series (Walt Disney)
End Bed: Chimpanzees of Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda

American Routes is produced in New Orleans, at Basin St. Station, in collaboration with the School of Urban Planning and Regional Studies at the University of New Orleans.

Major funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; the Louisiana Office of Tourism; and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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