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Black History Month: Listen to a Special Edition of Swingin' Doors

Black History Month
Ben E. King, Joe Tex, Don Covay, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke (L to R) at the Savoy in New York City on July 23, 1981 // photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns

If you were listening to Swingin' Doors on Thursday, February 1st, you might've noticed a trend happening on the playlist: every artist played was black, in honor of the first day of Black History Month. DJ Don Slack says, "I wanted to shine a spotlight on the important contributions that African-American musicians have made to country music." That spotlight shines brightly through the entire three-hour episode, which you can now stream below. 

Swingin' Doors, February 1, 2018
1 Steel Guitar Rag by Earl Hooker
2 I'm Moving On by Ray Charles
3 Down On The Farm by Big Al Downing/The Poe-Kats
4 Bloodshots Eyes by Wynonie Harris
5 Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me by Bull Moose Jackson
6 Don't Drop It by Wilbert Harrison
7 You Win Again by Fats Domino
8 Your Cheatin' Heart by The Pearls
9 (I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again by Charley Pride
10 Hank And Lefty Raised My Country Soul by Stoney Edwards
11 Show Me Where by Ruby Falls
12 The Man Who Made A Woman Out Of Me by Lamelle Prince
13 Happy Hour by Ted Hawkins
14 Hell Yes I Cheated by Johnny Adams
15 She Thinks I Still Care by Lou Johnson
16 He Called Me Baby by Ella Washington
17 There's a Heartbreak Somewhere by Roscoe Shelton
18 It Makes No Difference Now by The Supremes
19 She's All I Got by Freddie North
20 Just Because You Can't Be Mine by Bettye Swann
21 The Chokin' Kind by Joe Simon
22 That's How I Got To Memphis by Otis Williams and the Midnight Cowboys
23 Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man? by Carolina Chocolate Drops
24 Ice Water Blues by DeFord Bailey
25 Fishing Blues by Henry Thomas
26 Rock Island Line by Lead Belly
27 Georgia Crawl by Henry Williams and Eddie Anthony
28 He's in the Jailhouse Now by Memphis Jug Band
29 Sitting on Top of the World by Mississippi Sheiks
30 K.C. Railroad Blues by Andrew & Jim Baxter
31 True Love Travels on a Gravel Road by Percy Sledge
32 Set Me Free by Joe Tex
33 Everybody Loves A Winner by William Bell
34 Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore
35 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry by Al Green
36 Daddy Was A Preacher But Mama Was A Go-Go Girl by Joanna Neel
37 What Condition My Condition Was In by Bettye LaVette
38 Amos Moses by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
39 The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp by O.C. Smith
40 Color Him Father by Linda Martell
41 Dirty Laundry by Curtis Mayfield
42 Call Me Lonesome by Arthur Alexander
43 He'll Have To Go by Solomon Burke
44 Almost Persuaded by Etta James
45 City Lights by Ivory Joe Hunter
46 Release Me by Esther Phillips
47 Funny (How Time Slips Away) by Joe Hinton
48 My Whole World Is Falling Down by O.B. McClinton
49 Fairytale by The Pointer Sisters
50 Faded Rose by Virginia Kirby
51 Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You by Tina Turner
52 Touch Your Woman by Margie Joseph
53 Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind by Rhiannon Giddens

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