Route 66: Season 2, Episode 3

Goodnight Sweet Blues (6 Oct. 1961)

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Tod and Buzz agree to help fulfill a dying jazz singer's last wish to reunite with her old band.



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Episode cast overview:
Jenny Henderson
Juano Hernandez ...
King Loomis
Jo Jones ...
A.C. (as The Memphis Naturals)
Frederick O'Neal ...
Horace (as The Memphis Naturals)
Bill Gunn ...
Hank (as The Memphis Naturals)
Snooze (as The Memphis Naturals)
Roy Eldridge ...
Lover Brown (as The Memphis Naturals)
Billie Allen ...
Cora Adams
P. Jay Sidney ...
Dr. Wally Farrow
Royal Beal ...
Douglas Rutherford ...
Dr. Sigrist
Robert Elross ...


Tod and Buz, leaving Pittsburgh, almost have a head-on collision with a car driven by a gravely ill old woman. After the woman is stabilized at her home, Tod and Buz learn she does not have long to live. Her last wish is to re-unite with a jazz band she last sang with 30 yrs before. Tod and Buz agree to seek out the members. Written by dubchi

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6 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The 1962 Emmy nomination for Ethel Waters was the first Emmy nomination for an African-American woman. See more »


Good Night, Sweet Blues
Written by Will Lorin & Leonard Freeman
Performed by Ethel Waters & Roy Eldridge
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23 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jazz and blues fans take note: Ethel Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, and more! This episode saw Waters nominated for an Emmy, the first African American woman to be so nominated. She's not a bad actor, either, in this somewhat artificial vehicle for her and the band. The premise of her on her death bed with Tod and Buz searching for her former band members is, admittedly, a little hokey, but it doesn't get in the way of the music or of the emotion in this tear-jerker episode. Great music, great historical piece. Pieces of it are available on YouTube, but to see the full episode probably requires the Season 2 disk 1 DVD. Season 2 of this under-rated program has some other gems, so it's worth getting.

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