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Blues Medley

First transmitted in 1985, this medley of the blues features Fred McDowell, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly and Billie Holiday.

First transmitted in 1985, this medley of the blues features Fred McDowell, Thomas 'Georgia Tom' Dorsey, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Huddie Ledbetter - better known as 'Lead Belly' - performs 'Pick a Bale of Cotton', and Billie Holiday accompanied by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Roy Eldridge, performs her own composition 'Fine and Mellow'.

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26 minutes

Last on

Sun 28 Jul 1985 00:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Miles Davis

    All Blues

    Performer: Joe Williams and Band.
  • Albert Ammons & Pete Johnson & Pete Johnson

    Boogie Woogie Dream

  • Louis Jordan


  • Chuck Berry

    Sweet Little Sixteen

  • Joe Turner

    Shake, Rattle and Roll

BBC Four Blues Collection

BBC Four Blues Collection
This programme is part a collection of BBC programmes featuring influential blues musicians, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson.

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About BBC Four Collection programmes

Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required.


Role Contributor
Participant Fred McDowell
Participant Thomas Dorsey
Participant Sonny Terry
Participant Brownie McGhee
Participant Billie Holiday
Participant Lead Belly


  • Sun 28 Jul 1985 00:45

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