Vintage R & B on Film compiled by JCMarion


L'Adventure du Jazz - French film from 1970 features Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Memphis Slim, and John Lee Hooker.

Big Band Parade - 1943 film short - The Delta Rhythm Boys

Banquet of Melody - 1946 film short - Delta Rhythm Boys

The Big Beat - 1957 - Fats Domino

Big Fat Mamas - 1943 Soundie - Bull Moose Jackson

The Blues 1960 - German TV - Black Ace, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lowell Fulson

Blues Under The Skin - French film 1972 - BB King, Roosevelt Sykes, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells

Boarding House Blues - 1948 - Lucky Millinder, Bull Moose Jackson, Annisteen Allen

Chicago Blues - 1971 - Muddy Waters, JB Hutto, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy

Choo Choo Swing - 1943 short - Delta Rhythm Boys

Crazy House - 1943 - Delta Rhythm Boys

Dynamite Chicken - 1971 - Muddy Waters, Luther Johnson

Easy To Look At - 1945 - Delta Rhythm Boys

Out of The Blacks Into the Blues - French-German film 1971 - BB King, Big Boy Crudup, Roosevelt Sykes

Follow The Boys - 1942 - Louis Jordan, Delta Rhythm Boys

Four Or Five Times - 1943 Soundie - Lucky Millinder, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Gettin' Back - 1974 - John Lee Hooker

The Girl Can't Help It - 1956 - Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Platters

I Want A man - 1943 Soundie - Lucky Millinder, Annisteen Allen

If You Only Knew - 1942 Soundie - Valaida Snow

In A Lonely Place - 1950 - Hadda Brooks

Jamboree - 1957 - Fats Domino

Jazz On A Summer's Day - 1960 - Big Maybelle, Chuck Berry

Medicine Ball Caravan - 1971 - BB King

Monterey Jazz - 1968 - T-Bone Walker, BB King

Night Club Girl - 1945 - Delta Rhythm Boys

Patience And Fortitude - 1946 film short - Valaida Snow

Harlem Rock & Roll - 1955 - Joe Turner, Delta Rhythm Boys

Scandal - 1943 - Lucky Millinder

Shake Rattle & Rock - 1956 - Joe Turner, Fats Domino

Sing Sing Thanksgiving - 1973 - BB King

Son House - 1973

Street Girls - 1974 - Muddy Waters

Supershow - 1969 - Buddy Guy

Swinging In The Groove - 1945 Soundie - Tiny Grimes

Tan And Terrific - 1947 - Helen Humes

Wolf - 1971 - Howlin' Wolf, Sunnyland Slim

Most of the information in this list was taken from "Jazz In The Movies" by David Meeker (1977 - Talisman Books in London). There are many additional short films that featured The Delta Rhythm Boys and another series with Lucky Millinder. Soundies were three minute films (similar to present day music videos) featuring artists doing one number in a nightclub setting that were produced in large numbers in the 1940s.

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