What's in a Name?


March 7th, 2001 ~ Songs are often about or dedicated to someone. We dig into some of the great name songs in American music from "Lil' Liza Jane" to "John Henry" and "Walt Whitman's Niece." Also some styles like zydeco nouveau and gunfighter ballads are for calling out names of Creole kings and outlaw heros. Forgive our host if he plays a few namesake songs, as long as he plays yours, too.

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  • Open Bed: Name Game Shirley Elliston
    A Child's Celebration of Rock 'n' Roll, Music For Little People
  • What's his name? Keith Frank! Keith Frank
    What's His Name, Maison de Soul
  • Oh John Jimmy Reed
    18 Greatest Hits, Motown
  • John Henry Howard Armstrong
    Louie Bluie, Blue Suit
  • Pretty Boy Floyd Bob Dylan
    Folkways a Vision Shared, Columbia
  • Walt Whitman's Niece Billy Bragg & Wilco
    Mermaid Avenue, Elektra
  • Instrumental: Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus Medeski, Martin & Wood
    Shack-Man, Gramavision
  • Angelene PJ Harvey
    Is This Desire, Island
  • Mona Lisa Nat King Cole
    The Greatest Hits, Capitol
  • Donna Lee Charlie Parker
    Yardbird Suite, Rhino
  • Frankie & Johnny Sam Cooke
    Greatest Hits, RCA
  • Instrumental: Indiana (Back Home in Indiana) Chet Atkins
    Galloping Guitar - The Early Years, Bear Family
  • Carrie Brown Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band
    The Mountain, E Squared
  • Wake up Lil Suzie Everly Brothers
    Classic Everly Brothers, Bear Family
  • Polly Nirvana
    Nevermind, DGC
  • When Do I get to be called a Man Bill Sims
    Bill Sims, Warner Bros
  • You Never Even Called Me By My Name Steve Goodman
    Steve Goodman, Buddah
  • Sweet Georgia Brown Elmer Snowden Quartet
    Harlem Banjo!, Riverside
  • Mathilda Cookie and the Cupcakes
    Cookie and the Cupcakes, Jin
  • Lulu's Back in Town Fats Waller
    A Portrait, Music Collection
  • Lil Liza Jane Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan
    Hall Of Fame, United Artists
  • Lil Liza Jane Kermit Ruffins
    Big Butter & Egg Man, Justice
  • Instrumental: Lil Liza Jane Nicholas Payton
    Gumbo Nouveau, Verve
  • Sweet Jane Velvet Undergound
    The Best of the Velvet Underground, Verve
  • Candy Morphine
    Cure For Pain, Rykodisc
  • Naima John Coltrane
    Heavyweight Champion, Atlantic
  • I Loves You Porgy Nina Simone
    Saga of the Good Life & Hard Times, RCA
  • Instrumental: Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
    Buena Vista Social Club, World Circuit/Nonesuch
  • Gregorio Cortez Los Penguinos del Norte
    Music of La Raza Vol.1, Arhoolie
  • Pancho and Lefty Townes Van Zandt
    The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, United Artists
  • Glory To His Name Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes
    Get On Board, Specialty
  • Judge Dread Prince Buster
    Roots of Reggae Vol.2: Rock Steady, Rhino
  • Stagger Lee Ma Rainey
    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Yazoo
  • Bluesifyin' Joe Louis Walker
    Blues Routes, Smithsonian Folkways
  • End Bed: Big Nick Coltrane + Ellington
    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, Impulse