Here Comes The Man With The Jive

People have been making records about drugs since recorded music was a thing. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots and many more sing about their recreational choices, and not in a veiled way.

Songs Played

  • Bea Foote “Weed” [10″ single] 1938
  • Cab Calloway and His Orchestra “The Man From Harlem” [b/w Bugle Call Rag] 1933
  • Trixie Smith “Jack I’m Mellow” [b/w He May Be Your Man (But He Comes To See Me Sometime)] 1938
  • Memphis Jug Band “Cocaine Habit Blues” [b/w It Won’t Act Right] Date Unknown
  • Harlem Hamfats “Weed Smoker’s Dream” [b/w Little Girl] Date Unknown
  • Harry (The Hipster) Gibson “Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine ” [b/w I Stay Brown All Year Roun’] 1946
  • Champion Jack Dupree “Junker’s Blues” [Blues From The Gutter] 1958
  • Buck Washington “Save the Roach For Me” [Unknown] 1944
  • Stuff Smith And His Onyx Club Boys “Here Comes The Man With The Jive” [b/w I’ve Got A Heavy Date] 1938
  • Buster Bailey And His Rhythm Busters “Light Up” [b/w Man With A Horn Goes Berserk] Date Unknown
Slim and Slam
  • Slim and Slam “Dopey Joe” [b/w Buck Dance Rhythm] 1938
  • Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy “All the Jive is Gone” [10″ single] 1936
  • Chick Webb and His Orchestra “Wacky Dust” [b/w Spinnin’ The Webb] 1937
  • Ernest Rogers “Willie, The Chimney Sweeper ” [b/w Vernon Dalhart “Casey Jones”] 1927
  • Georgia White “The Stuff Is Here” [b/w Rock Me Daddy] 1938
  • Sidney “Pops” Bechet and Noble Sissle’s Swingsters “Viper Mad” [Viper Mad] 1938
  • Harlan Lattimore and His Connie’s Inn Orchestra “Have You Ever Met That Funny Reefer Man” [b/’w I Heard] 1932
  • Barney Bigard Sextet “Sweet Marijuana Brown” [b/w Blues For Art’s Sake] 1945
  • Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra “Kickin’ The Gong Around” [b/w Georgia On My Mind] 1932
  • Josie Miles “Pipe Dream Blues” [Unknown] Date Unknown
  • Carl Martin “That New Kind of Stuff” [b/w Casey Bill Hawaiian Guitar Wizard “Jinx Blues”] Date Unknown
  • Lucille Bogan “Baking Powder Blues” [Unknown] Date Unknown
  • The Ink Spots “That Cat is High” [b/w Oh! Red] Date Unknown
  • Mills Blue Rhythm Band “Kokey Joe” [1931-1937] Date Unknown
  • Victoria Spivey “Dope Head Blues” [b/w Blood Thirsty Blues] 1928
  • Leadbelly “Take A Whiff On Me” [The Library Of Congress Recordings] 1935
  • Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five “Junco Partner” [b/w Azure-Té (Paris Blues)] 1952
I would like to point out that I managed to not laugh while saying this title and artist on air.
  • Dick Justice “Cocaine” [b/w Old Black Dog] 1930
  • Frankie Half Pint Jaxon “Jive Man Blues” [b/w It’s Heated] Date Unknown
  • Charley Jordan “Just a Spoonful” [b/w Two Street Blues] 1930
  • Luke Jordan “Cocaine Blues” [b/w Two Street Blues] 1930
  • The Spirits of Rhythm “Junk Man” [b/w Dr. Watson And Mr. Holmes] 1934
  • The Cats and the Fiddle “Killin’ Jive” [b/w Nuts To You] 1939
  • “Hi” Henry Brown “Skin Man” [b/w Nut Factory Blues] 1932
  • Clarence Williams And His Orchestra “Jerry The Junker” [b/w Chizzlin’ Sam] 1934
  • Benny Goodman and His Orchestra “Texas Tea Party” [b/w Dr Heckle And Mr Jibe] 1933


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