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Author Topic: Brand and product names in country blues  (Read 36470 times)

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Offline dj

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #45 on: August 22, 2007, 05:17:01 PM »
I think the Nehi in "Nehi Mama Blues" was a woman who wore her dresses "knee high", as was the scandalous fashion after World War I.  I have no idea how this relates to the soft drink.  Pun, maybe?

Teddy Darby mentions Cadillac in "Don't Like The Way You Do", which Johnm transcribed in the Lyrics forum.
 

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #46 on: August 22, 2007, 11:39:25 PM »
I think the Nehi in "Nehi Mama Blues" was a woman who wore her dresses "knee high", as was the scandalous fashion after World War I.  I have no idea how this relates to the soft drink.  Pun, maybe?
In the early 70s Mike Rowe sent Blues Unlimited an advert for the product from a 1930s Chicago Defender. The label depicted a young woman wearing a "knee high".

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #47 on: August 23, 2007, 12:18:32 AM »
A quick listen to McTell and he seems to sing "rusty black-handled razor" in both versions.

Ach so. Thanks for checking.
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #48 on: August 23, 2007, 12:20:10 AM »
Also, I just remembered. How could we forget the Nugrape Twins, whose very existence was a commercial?

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #49 on: August 23, 2007, 05:03:20 AM »
I slotted in the 'brand bands', found another Cedar Creek Sheik Ford ref, Teddy Darby.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #50 on: August 23, 2007, 05:22:44 AM »
I'm surprised there aren't more Sleepy John Estes tunes containing commercial junk, him being such a documenter of everyday life.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #51 on: August 23, 2007, 06:52:59 AM »
I think the Nehi in "Nehi Mama Blues" was a woman who wore her dresses "knee high", as was the scandalous fashion after World War I.  I have no idea how this relates to the soft drink.  Pun, maybe?

Hi dj - Yes, a pun, used in fact by the company themselves, as can be seen in this billboard advertisement attached (the artwork for which I have as a fridge magnet discovered in some tourist trap). Perhaps the same ad to which Bunker refers.


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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #52 on: August 23, 2007, 09:51:22 AM »
I think the Nehi in "Nehi Mama Blues" was a woman who wore her dresses "knee high", as was the scandalous fashion after World War I.  I have no idea how this relates to the soft drink.  Pun, maybe?
Hi dj - Yes, a pun, used in fact by the company themselves, as can be seen in this billboard advertisement attached (the artwork for which I have as a fridge magnet discovered in some tourist trap). Perhaps the same ad to which Bunker refers.
Yep, that's the advert. My memory placed the skirt/legs on the label...wishful thinking, maybe!  ::)

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #53 on: August 23, 2007, 11:07:50 AM »
Hi all,
In "Machine Gun Blues", from 1941, Willie Blackwell refers to a "Johnson machine gun".  He may have it wrong, and mean a Thompson machine gun; I've never heard of a Johnson machine gun, but that doesn't prove anything, necessarily.  Likewise, in "Chalk My Toy", from the same session, he refers to "Bulldog special shoes", which I believe may still be manufactured.
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #54 on: August 23, 2007, 11:22:22 AM »
In "Machine Gun Blues", from 1941, Willie Blackwell refers to a "Johnson machine gun".  He may have it wrong, and mean a Thompson machine gun; I've never heard of a Johnson machine gun, but that doesn't prove anything, necessarily. 
I'm fairly sure there was such a comapny and weapon during the 30s John. 20 years ago it was brought up in a review of the compilation which first included that particular song. The reference Blackwell makes to "snapping my typewriter in your face" I think alluded to the fact that the company also manufactured typewriters. I'm sure somebody more clued up than I in such matters can put us straight.

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #55 on: August 23, 2007, 11:28:00 AM »
Hi all,
This may be a different topic or a sub-heading of this one, but it occurred to me that in some Blues lyrics, the commercial establishments of friends/employers of the singer are touted.  Examples include:
   *  The Conoco station operated by Mr. Ed Dumaine (sp?) where Smoky Babe worked in "Hottest Brand Goin'"
   *  C.H. Hayes, the undertaker mentioned by Willie Blackwell in "Machine Gun Blues"
   *  Vassar Williams' auto repair shop in Durhamville, Tennessee, mentioned by Sleepy John Estes in "Brownsville Blues"
   *  The Union Stockyards, owned by "Mr. Owens", where auctions are conducted by "Mr. Kelly"  , mentioned in Robert Wilkins in "New Stockyard Blues"
I particularly like these mentions when you feel like the singer was trying to drum up business to help out a friend.
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #56 on: August 23, 2007, 11:30:45 AM »
Thanks for the tip on the Johnson machine gun, Bunker Hill.  I should have kept my mouth shut, because what I don't know about guns is . . . everything!
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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #57 on: August 23, 2007, 11:40:06 AM »
Thanks for the tip on the Johnson machine gun, Bunker Hill.  I should have kept my mouth shut, because what I don't know about guns is . . . everything!
John, each to his own. Why do you think I keep my mouth firmly shut on all topic musicological?  As a Shakespearian character once uttered, "It's all Greek to me".  ;D

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #58 on: August 23, 2007, 12:05:07 PM »
Expanding a bit--a specific person practicing a profession, such as Sleepy John Estes' "Lawyer Clark Blues."

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Re: Brand and product names in country blues
« Reply #59 on: August 23, 2007, 01:55:00 PM »
Sleepy John mentions "D-Con" insecticide in his first postwar recording of "Rats in My Kitchen."
Chris

 


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