Symposium in blues: A presentation album from Merck Sharp and Dohme.

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About this work


Session 1 (side A); 'Rocks in My Bed' by Leroy Carr, 'I've Been Treated Wrong' by Washboard Sam, 'Lonesome Road' by Lonnie Johnson, 'What Have I Done Wrong?' by Walter Davis, 'I'm on My Last Go-round' by Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter), 'How Long, How Long Blues' by Wingy Manone. Session 2 (side B); 'Black, Brown and Beige: The Blues' Duke Ellington, 'Blues for Yesterday' by Louis Armstrong, 'That Ain't Right' by Mildred Bailey, 'Blues in the Night' by Artie Shaw / "Hot Lips" Page, 'Blues in My Heart' by Ethel Waters, 'Rocks in My Bed' by Joe Williams.


USA, 1966.
Radio Corporation of America

Physical description

1 sound disc (60 mins.)

Copyright note

Radio Corporation of America, 2015.


The record sleeve is a veritable 'mash-up' of styles and genres. The front cover features a blond woman (not dissimilar to Doris Day) starring dreamly into the middle distance to one side. The inside sleeve folded out is an utilitarian promotion for the Merck Sharp and Dohme promotion for their branded drug for depression 'ELAVIL' described as a 'leading antidepressant'. The rear cover features an essay on jazz music by Leonard Feather, author of 'The New Encyclopedia of Jazz'.
The vinyl record is available to look at (although there is no equipment to listen to the record) by appointment in the Moving Image and Sound Department.
The record was purchased for the Bedlam exhibition in Wellcome Collection 2016.



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