America’s Gift’s VW Index.

Where the figures aren’t fudged. 

As you might expect, the entertainment genre, ‘vaudeville’, features on many pages in the book because that’s where most entertainers playing prototype blues in the early twentieth century were performing. You’ll see Muddy Waters gets quite a few mentions, too, even though AMERICA’S Gift doesn’t reinvent the wheel by telling you about 50s blues. That story’s been told too many times to regurgitate it again.

Maybe VW should run this image in their ads

America’s Gift covers the evolution of the blues UP to the 1950s. In those days, VW was cleverly advertising its cars as ‘Lemons’ and telling Americans to ‘Think Small’.

How times have changed.

How success breed arrogance.

How I’d like to see the headline ‘Cheater’ in Helvetica type under a VW advertisement.

But back to something VW where you can believe the figures.

Perhaps take a preview on

AMERICA’S Gift VW Index

US Library of Congress: 14, 69, 91, 70, 115.
U.S. Senate: 180, 266.
Valentin Choral Club Quintette: 239.
Van Gogh, Vincent: 277.
Van Singel, Amy: 302.
Vastopol tuning: 236.
Vaudeville: 108, 119, 123, 172, 175-176, 184, 191, 194, 197, 203, 205-206, 211, 213, 215, 218, 223, 226, 231, 233, 235, 139-140, 301, 309, 327.
Vaudeville blues: 213, 233.
Victor Records/Victor Talking Machine Company: 169, 201, 207, 288, 298-299, 323, 326.
Vaughan, Sarah: 343.
Vaughn, Tom: 78.
Vera Cruz, Gulf of Mexico: 17.
Vocalion Records: 265, 273, 275, 297.
Vinton, Bobby: 343.
Many early blues performers played vaudeville

 

Virginia: 13, 16-17, 18, 22-23, 30, 44, 57, 59, 116, 144, 165, 248, 326.
Virginia Minstrels: 26, 45, 73-74, 76-77, 93.
Virginia Serenaders: 74.
Victoria Theatre, Philadelphia: 194.
Voider, Will: 241.
Voodoo: 22, 24, 279.
Walker, T-Bone: 334, 351, 354, 367.
Wabash Blues: 291, 347.
The mighty T-Bone Walker appears in AMERICA’S Gift

 

Wald, Elijah: 257, 269, 277.

Wales: 171. Wallace, Sippie: 228, 357.

Waller, Fats: 225, 228, 231, 242.
Walker, Aaron ‘T-Bone’: 309, 334, 350-351, 353-355, 367.
Walker, George: 110-113, 168.
Walker, Ruby: 331.
Walking Blues: 281.
Waller, Fats: 231, 242, 225.
Walton, Lorraine: 341.
Wand, Hart: 189-190, 198, 201.
Ward, Helen: 274.
War of 1812: 31-32, 53.
Ware, Leonard: 345.
Warner, William: 156.
Washboard Sam:  300, 317, 341, 362.
Find out what Muddy Waters was doing in the 1940s
Washington, Booker T: 112, 318, 328.
Washington DC: 64, 70.
Washington, Dinah: 343.
Waters, Ethel: 223-226, 271.
Waters, Muddy: 27, 61, 301-305, 308, 313, 316, 318, 333, 336, 358-359, 361.
Watson, Harry: 289.
Watson, Johnny (Daddy Stovepipe): 249-250.
Watson, Sarah: 251.
Watts, Charlie: 358.
W. C. Handy Orchestra: 231, 265.
Weary Way Blues: 228.
Weather Bird Rag: 298.
Weaver’s Blues: 252.
Weaver, Sylvester: 231-233, 235, 239, 247, 251-254, 256, 260, 263, 265-266, 285.
Wexler, Jerry: 355.
W. C. Handy’s Blues, An Anthology: Complete Words and Music of 70 great (blues) songs and instrumentals: 142.
Duke Wellington. What instrument does he play, then?

Webb Jennings Plantation,
Mississippi. Welcome to Marion County website: 50.

Welding, Pete: 278.

Wellington, Duke of: 53.
We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll: 366.
West Africa/West African: 20, 22-24, 50, 97, 99, 202.
West Coast Blues: 334, 351, 334, 367.
Western Swing: 207, 235, 290-291.
West Indies/West Indian: 16, 27-29, 31, 35, 37, 43, 210.
Weusi, Jito K: 218-219, 225-226.
What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For: 210.
Wheatstraw, Peetie: 298.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home: 92.
When The Levee Breaks (song): 313.
Led Zeppelin covered this track. It’s all in AMERICA’S Gift

When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too) song: 266.

White, Bukka: 318, 352.
White, Charley: 78.
White, Gonzelle: 197.
White Lion (ship): 16, 18.
White, Shane, Professor of American History, Sydney University: 39, 43.
Whitby, Ontario: 127.
Whiteman, Paul (band leader): 327, 259.
Whitlock, Billy: 73, 76.
Whittaker, Hudson: 266, 316.
Who, The (band): 362.
Wild Cats jazz Band: 311.
Will Benbow’s Chocolate Drops: 184.
Wilkins, Robert: 263.
William & Mary Quarterly: 17.
Williams, Bert: 110-113, 168.
Williams, Clarence: 228, 231, 239-244, 247.
Williams, Guy: 321, 326.
Williams, Hank: 365,

Williams, Jay Mayo ‘Ink’: 297-299, 302-304, 311.

Ink Williams : leading Chicago pre-WW2 blues talent scout
Williams, Mary: 255.
Williams, Robert Pete: 335.
Williamson, John Lee: 317.
Williamson, Sonny Boy 1: 317-318, 358.
Williamson, Sonny Boy 11: 358.
Wills, Bob and the Texas Playboys: 235.
Wiltshire, England: 92.
Winans, Professor Robert B: 45
Winehouse, Amy: 283.
Wichita, Kansas: 233, 290.
Wild Cats: 197.
William and Mary Quarterly: 17.
Wilkins, Robert: 263.
Wilson, Blind Owl: 282.
Wilson, Jackie: 434.
Wikipedia: 78, 159, 355.
Winter, Johnny: 318.
Winwood, Steve: 277.
Withers, Harry B: 260.
Howlin’ Wolf: the link between Charlie Patton and the Stones

Witherspoon, Jimmy: 228, 309, 351.

Whoa B-Whoa: 321.
Wolf, Howlin’: 165, 270, 318, 333, 336, 363.
Wolcott, Fred Swift: 245-246.
Wolverine Blues: 242.
Wonder, Stevie: 199.
Wood, Ronnie: 308.
Woods, Professor John W. F. ‘Johnnie’: 175.
World War One/WW1: 69, 173, 190, 201-202, 206, 210-211, 252, 254, 289, 297/298, 308, 329.
World War Two/WW2: 166, 294, 301, 308, 312-313, 334, 342, 344, 347-352, 354.
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