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I mean, when you're watching a performer like Satchmo at Newport, why not get into the spirit? Check out the fans.

Awesome.

 

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Yep, ask purty much any musician that toured or recorded in the 50's, and they'll likely have all kinds of interestin' stories.
 

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MB1 said:
You don't actually think it started in the 50's do you?
Do you have empirical evidence to the contrary? :idea: :p
 

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Yep, ask purty much any musician that toured or recorded in the 50's, and they'll likely have all kinds of interestin' stories.
I've been reading Miles Davis' autobiography, and weed was the least of it. All the famous jazz musicians from the 40s and 50s were using heroin. The book is a good read, by the way - he says what he thinks an holds nothing back.
 

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Well all you ladies gather 'round
That good sweet candy man's in town
It's the candy man
It's the candy man

He likes a stick of candy just nine inch long
He sells as fast a hog can chew his corn
It's the candy man
It's the candy man

All heard what sister Johnson said
She always takes a candy stick to bed
It's the candy man
It's the candy man

Don't stand close to the candy man
He'll leave a big candy stick in your hand
It's the candy man
It's the candy man

He sold some candy to sister Bad
The very next day she took all he had
It's the candy man
It's the candy man

If you try his candy, good friend of mine,
you sure will want it for a long long time
It's the candy man
It's the candy man

His stick candy don't melt away
It just gets better, so the ladies say
It's the candy man
It's the candy man
 

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Jim Nazium said:
I've been reading Miles Davis' autobiography, and weed was the least of it. All the famous jazz musicians from the 40s and 50s were using heroin. The book is a good read, by the way - he says what he thinks an holds nothing back.
Sounds like a good read. I'll look for it. Thx!
 

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I think that footage is from the 1960 documentary feature "Jazz on a Summer's Day," which I'm happy to recommend to everyone. Bert Stern did an incredible job capturing the performances, but he also brings a photographer's eye to those colorful audience shots.

(I'm definitely watching this tonight!)
 

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Ah, Satchmo

Antonio_B said:
I mean, when you're watching a performer like Satchmo at Newport, why not get into the spirit? Check out the fans.

Awesome.


Armstrong was very fond of his "muggles" (as he called it). A steady stream of reefers was part of his daily life up until his last days.
 

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MB1 said:
You don't actually think it started in the 50's do you?
Mezz Mezzrow's book, "Really the Blues" is a very good account of jazz, reefer, and like that in the 20s.

Mezzrow was Louis Armstrong's manager for a time and there's some notion that Satch's song, "Muggles King" was about Mezzrow.

Here's a good list of song titles from that era reflecting the mood of the times...
  • When I Get Low I Get High, by Chick Webb & His Orchestra
  • Gimme a Reefer, by Bessie Smith
  • Weed Smoker’s Dream, by The Harlem Hamfats
  • Anybody Here Want to Buy My Cabbage?, by Lil Johnson
  • The Stuff Is Here, by Georgie White
  • Reefer Head Women, by Jazz Gillum & His Jazz Boys
  • Weed, by Bea Foote
  • Muggles, by Louis Armstrong
  • Reefer Man, by Baron Lee and the Blue Rhythm Band
  • That Funny Reefer Man, and The Man from Harlem, by Cab Calloway
  • Mellow Stuff, by Lil Johnson
  • That Cat Is High, by The Ink Spots
  • Wacky Dust, by Ella Fitzgerald and the Chick Webb Orchestra
  • I’m Gonna Get High, by Tampa Red & The Chicago Five
  • Light Up, by Buster Bailey’s Rhythm Busters
  • Reefer Hound Blues, by Curtis Jones
  • Jack I’m Mellow, by Trixie Smith
  • Smoking Reefers, by Larry Adler
  • All the Jive Is Gone, by Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy
 

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Jeebus. Where have I been?
 
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