By Any Other Name


March 21st, 2007 ~ What's in a name? Listen in and you'll find out why Emmett Ellis Jr. became the bluesman Bobby Rush; how folks get names like Topsy (Chapman), and Sherman & Wendell (Holmes); and how country singer George Jones became known as "the possum." Also, we talk to Yale anthropologist David Watts about names of non-human primates.

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  • 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 Chêne 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
  • 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
  • INTERVIEW: 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