In the post-war 1940s jump blues, an exiting mixture of boogie woogie and blues, ruled the black dancehalls, juke joints and charts with Louis Jordan as the absolute king and Jimmy Liggins as a close second. The opening track says it all with its rocking piano, driving beat and honking horns: this is pure dance music. Highlights are the rocking Nite life boogie, Homecoming blues and the absolute knock-out Saturday night boogie woogie man. Bluesy ballads (Troubles goodbye, Baby I can't forget you) nicely slow down the pace. By 1950 the successes had run out but what an great piece of popular black music did Jimmy Liggins leave us: its vitality and joy of playing still grabs us today.
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All the fuss about "Rocket 88" being the first rock and roll song, just listen to "Cadillac boogie" by Jimmy Liggins on this compilation, out a good few years before (November 1947). He was the chauffeur for his brother Joe ('Honeydripper') Liggins, before becoming a great band leader himself. Other great tracks include 'Drunk', Hepcat boogie', and 'Train blues'.