Herb Jeffries


March 17th, 2004 ~ The music and life of Herb Jeffries, lead singer and last surviving member of Duke Ellington's legendary "Blanton-Webster" band of the early 1940s. Jeffries, called "the Bronze Buckaroo," was also the first black star of a cowboy movie; his theme song, "I'm a Happy Cowboy" comes from the 1938 western "Harlem on the Prairie."

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  • Open Bed: I'm a Happy Cowboy Herb Jeffries
    The Bronze Buckaroo Rides Again, Warner Bros
  • Jump for Joy Duke Ellington with Herb Jeffries
    Ellington Centennial, BMG
  • Cow Cow Boogie Ella Fitzgerald with Ink Spots
    The Very Best of Ella, MCA
  • Boogie Woogie Country Girl Big Joe Turner
    Big, Bad & Blue, Rhino
  • Boogie Woogie Country Girl Sleepy LeBeef
    The Human Jukebox, Sun
  • Life Is Bad Shelby Lynne
    I Am Shelby Lynne, Island
  • Blank Trip Super Chikan
    What You See, Fat Possum
  • Instrumental: Flippin' the Lid Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant
    Stratosphere Boogie, Razor & Tie
  • INTERVIEW: Herb Jeffries
  • Just to be in Caroline Earl Hines & His Orchestra
  • I'm a Happy Cowboy Herb Jeffries
  • Flamingo Duke Ellington
    A Brief History of Herb Jeffries, Warner Bros
  • Instrumental: I'm an Old Cowhand Jimmy Smith
    Ultimate, Verve
  • Creole Love Call Ellis Marsalis
    Duke In Blue, Sony
  • I'm Just a Lucky So & So Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
    The Complete Sessions, Roulette
  • Happy Go Lucky Local Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
    Live in Swing City, Sony
  • Open Bed: 7 Moby
    Play, V2
  • Run On for a Long Time Bill Landford & the Landforaires
    There Will be No Sweeter Sound, Sony
  • Run On Moby
    Play, V2
  • Do the Funky Chicken Rufus Thomas
    The Best of Rufus Thomas, Rhino
  • Down on the Farm Big Al Downing
    From Where I Stand, Warner Bros
  • Zydeco Heehaw Boozoo Chavis
    Boozoo Chavis, Elektra
  • Ride Em Cowboy Clifton Chenier
    Bogalusa Boogie, Arhoolie
  • SEGMENT: Creole Cowboy: Elton Laday
  • Texas Cowboy Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson
    I Want To Groove With You, Bullseye
  • Buffalo Soldiers The Persuasions
    Man, Oh Man, EMI
  • Buffalo Soldier Bob Marley
    Legend, Island
  • Instrumental: Greedy G Brentford All Stars
    100% Dynamite, Soul Jazz
  • Nobody Knows (The Trouble I've Seen) Snooks Eaglin
    The Complete Imperial Recordings, Capitol
  • Trouble In Mind Janis Joplin
    18 Essential Songs, Sony
  • Almost Persuaded Etta James
    From Where I Stand, Warner Bros
  • River Man Brad Mehldau
    Deregulating Jazz, Warner Bros
  • The Man I Love Herbie Hancock with Joni Mitchell
    Gershwin's World, Polygram
  • End Bed: The Man I Love Coleman Hawkins
    Picasso, Giants of Jazz