By Any Other Name...


April 1st, 2009 ~ 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), 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 Chene 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 Pros
    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
  • SEGMENT: 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