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Offline Rivers

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #135 on: November 28, 2007, 07:27:58 PM »
Finally got to hear Charlie Poole's Sweet Sixteen. It's definitely about chewing gum, not tobacco. I will correct.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #136 on: December 20, 2007, 06:32:11 PM »
Added Arthur Crudup's Greyhound Bus

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #137 on: December 20, 2007, 09:20:34 PM »


Soapine, soapine you have always kept me clean,
Soapine, soapine you have always kept me clean,
Soap fo' the universal family,
You even wash my ol' blue jeans

Blind Charlie Hingemoan - 1915 Edison Cylinder recording*

*Total bullshit but I just couldn't resist!

Don't ask me what all the "Ks" mean. The universal family theme would seem to preclude a Klan endorsement.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #138 on: December 21, 2007, 07:35:21 AM »
Added Arthur Crudup's Greyhound Bus
Whislt on the subject of Crudup folk might like to check out what else there is on WC about him by clicking his name in TAGS.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #139 on: January 05, 2008, 09:58:28 PM »
Just when you thought you couldn't care less anymore about product references in American folksong:

Uncle Dave Macon, Hill Billie Blues, Been on the Southern, the Seaboard too, it takes a Henry Ford for to shake me and you

I've been exploring the wild & weird worlds of Uncle Dave lately. Not recommended for iPod-powered alarm clocks.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #140 on: January 10, 2008, 05:54:54 PM »
Hi all,
In "Something's Gone Wrong", from Dan Pickett on August 23, 1949, he sings:
   Gwine uptown in the morning, call up the Frigidaire
   Ah hah, that's the reason why, ohh well, boy, to keep your ice boys away from here

all best,
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #141 on: January 11, 2008, 05:29:18 PM »
Thanks folks. List is up to date with 150 entries. [edit: moved table to last post]
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #142 on: January 20, 2008, 08:57:15 AM »
From our discussion elsewhere in the site, Buddy Moss' Chesterfield Blues, has a reference to Golden Grain, which Bunker mentioned was a cheap type of rolling tobacco.

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=114&topic=4507.msg32761#msg32761
« Last Edit: January 20, 2008, 08:58:32 AM by Doug »

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #143 on: February 29, 2008, 04:05:58 PM »
Another compound cathartic reference,

CC Pill, Mae Glover, Gas Man Blues - "But mister gas man this cold wind surely will give me a chill". "You'd better go to the doctor, get you a CC Pill." "I ain't got no money..." "That's funny..."

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #144 on: March 01, 2008, 01:18:44 AM »
The Ford cars are mentioned in William Moores' "Ragtime Millionaire" from 1928: "Mr. Henry's going to send me a Ford, he must, everybody else are going to taste my dust." and "Some of the boys say I'm going to be late, no if you please I've got a '28. Some of them say they're going to catch me at last, but all I've got to do is step on the gas."

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #145 on: March 16, 2008, 03:10:56 PM »
Apparel, Stetson, John B, Clarence Green, Johnson City Blues, Down in Memphis on East Main Street, I was watchin' everybody that I chanced to meet // I saw my sweet daddy comin' 'round a flat. He was dressed in a tailor-made suit and a John B Stetson hat

I'm continuing to update these in a new weeniepedia version of the page which will go online this coming week.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #146 on: March 21, 2008, 07:15:07 PM »
Beverages, Alcoholic, Boord, Tomcat Gin, Bobby Leecan & Robert Cooksey, Whiskey And Gin Blues, 1926, Gonna drink my whiskey, drink my Tomcat Gin, gonna mess around 'til the bulls break in
 
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #147 on: March 28, 2008, 08:37:02 AM »
Beverages, non-alcoholic:

Sonny Scott, "Try Me Man Blues" (July 1933):  "I've got a Buffalo Rock baby, and an Orange Crush in my hand"

Orange Crush should be well known, at least to North Americans.  For Buffalo Rock, see here

Scott was from Birmingham, Alabama, home of Buffalo Rock beverages.
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #148 on: March 28, 2008, 09:27:29 AM »
Hey, nice pick of an old bottle for you there, too, Riv.-G-

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