Play List: Songs WWOZ Show Hosts Played for Our Birthday

Last Friday, December 4, 2020, was WWOZ's 40th Birthday -- and we celebrated with a day-long marathon of our show hosts taking turns each introducing one song on the air. In case you missed it, you have until December 11 to listen to it on WWOZ's Two-Week Archive!

And in the meantime, for your amusement and edification, we've assembled a full listing of the songs the show hosts chose to play for our birthday.


Hour 1

(Archive Part I, first hour)

WWOZ co-founder Jerry Brock - Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus "Keep Cool Babylon"

Maryse Dejean - Wardell Quezergue & his Slammin Big Band feat. Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson "3 Tenors for Moose"

Neil Pellegrin - Tommy Ridgley "I Love You, Yes I Do"

Keith Hill - Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?"

Minister of Swing - Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers "Dr Jazz"

Lauren Mastro - Ray Charles "America the Beautiful"

Marc Stone - Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters "I'm Calling You Out"

Sally Young - Louis Armstrong "Back Home Again in Indiana"

Ron Phillips - Neville Brothers "Fiyo on the Bayou"

DJ Swamp Boogie - Jesse Allen "Let's Party"


Hour 2

(Archive Part I, second hour)

Leslie Cooper - Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band "Bogalusa Strut"

Suzanne Corley - Sarah Vaughan "Make This City Our Tonight"

WWOZ Board President J Pegues - Mahalia Jackson "Move On Up A Little Higher"

David Kunian - Fela Kuti "Water No Get Enemy"

George Ingmire - Allen Toussaint "Freedom For the Stallion"

Rare on the Air - Bobby Mitchell "Try Rock and Roll"

Scott Borne - Huey 'Piano' Smith "Don’t You Just Know It"

Soul Sister - Bobby Byrd with James Brown "I Need Help"

Mark Lamaire - Hot 8 Brass Band "Rasta Funk"


Hour 3

(Archive Part II, first hour)

WWOZ General Manager Beth Arroyo Utterback - Tank & the Bangas "Happy Birthday"

Action Jackson - Bobby Blue Bland "Members Only"

Brian McColgan - Dr John "Life"

Dan Meyer - Bertha Chippie Hill, accompanied by Richard M Jones and Louis Armstrong "Lonesome Weary Blues"

Elizabeth Meneray - Duke Ellington "Blues for New Orleans"

Gerald French aka DJ Giant - Johnny Adams "Bulldog Breaks His Chain"

Jennifer Brady - Champion Jack Dupree "Too Early in the Morning"

Thelonius Kryptonite - Allay Earhart "New Orleans"

Charles Burchell - Ellis Marsalis and the Ellis Marsalis Quintet "12s It!"

Jamie Dell'Apa - Ming and Lee "Chopsticks"

Black Mold - Earl King "Ain't No City Like New Orleans"


Hour 4

(Archive Part II, second hour)

Cousin Dimitri - Cousin Joe "How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around"

Baba Geno - Chuck Perkins "Congo Square"

Al Colon - Ahmad Jamal "Poinciana"

Alski - Lee Dorsey "Draining"

Hazel the Delta Rambler - Red Rector and Norman Blake "Cricket on the Hearth"

Sondra Bibb - Geri Allen & Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette "In Appreciation: A Celebration Song"

Peggy Lou - Tom Waits "Kiss Me"

Murf Reeves - Walter 'Wolfman' Washington and Irma Thomas "Even Now"

Logan - Kumasi "Runoff"


Hour 5

(Archive Part II, third hour)

Gentilly Jr - Hayes Carll "Another Like You"

Michael Longfield - The Meters "Cissy Strut"

Breaux Bridges - Don Pullen "We've Been Here All The Time"

Big D - Long John Baldry "Midnight in New Orleans"

Slangston Hughes - Khris Royal & Dark Matter feat. Nigel Hall "I Can't Breathe"

Big Pete - Brother Bones & the Shadows "Sweet Georgia Brown"

Cole Williams - Hot 8 Brass Band "Sexual Healing"

T.R. Johnson - John Coltrane "Spiritual"


Hour 6

(Archive Part III, first hour)

Jim Hobbs - Clifton Chenier "Zydeco Sont Pas Sale"

Jorge Fuentes - Ruben Blades "Camaleon"

A.A. - Preservation Hall Jazz Band "Complicated Life"

Bruce Nice - 79ers Gang "Drama"

Michael Dominici - Earl King "Love Can Save The World"

Bill De Turk - Lil Queenie "My Dawlin' New Orleans"

Mark Landesman - Art Blakey "Moanin'"

Lisa Williford - The Meters "Just Kissed My Baby"


Hour 7

(Archive Part III, second hour)

The Governor - James 'Sugarboy' Crawford "Danny Boy"

Charles Laborde - Bruce Daigrepont "Tipitina Two Step"

Missy Bowen - The Radiators "Wild and Free"

Dean Ellis - Al Hibbler "Fat and Forty"

Andrew Grafe - Little Freddie King "Crack Head Joe"

WWOZ Chief Engineer Damond Jacob - Chocolate Milk "Groove City"

Yolanda Estrada - Billie and Dede Pierce with Preservation Hall Jazz Band "Peanut Vendor"

Sakura Kone - King Sunny Ade "Congratulations (Happy Birthday)"

A.J. the Boudin Man - King Lee & Quintron "The Tire Shop"

The Problem Child - Jimmie Rodgers "Frankie and Johnnie"


Note: Archive Part IV repeats selections from above.

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