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Whatever it's nomenclature, entertainers have long enjoyed a "special relationship" with cannabis/marijuana, particularly musicians and singers, who've long delighted in extolling the joys of recreational drugs. This compilation deals with the leaf's early years, when it was generally referred to as "Reefer" (sometimes, "Gage", "Pot", or "Tea"), and was pretty much the exclusive domain of Jazz and Blues musicians. The oldest sides featured herein are a couple of the earliest known druggies' anthems, 'Willie the Chimney Sweeper' (an homage to smoking opium, a practice then widely known as "kicking the gong") and 'Dope Head Blues'. Some major artistes feature on this set, notably Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Champion Jack Dupree and The Ink Spots. Mind you, many of the song titles are a dead giveaway: 'Reefer Man', 'Sweet Marijuana Brown', 'Reefer Head Woman', 'Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine?', 'The Reefer Song (If You're A Viper)', etc.
Whatever it's nomenclature, entertainers have long enjoyed a "special relationship" with cannabis/marijuana, particularly musicians and singers, who've long delighted in extolling the joys of recreational drugs. This compilation deals with the leaf's early years, when it was generally referred to as "Reefer" (sometimes, "Gage", "Pot", or "Tea"), and was pretty much the exclusive domain of Jazz and Blues musicians. The oldest sides featured herein are a couple of the earliest known druggies' anthems, 'Willie the Chimney Sweeper' (an homage to smoking opium, a practice then widely known as "kicking the gong") and 'Dope Head Blues'. Some major artistes feature on this set, notably Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Champion Jack Dupree and The Ink Spots. Mind you, many of the song titles are a dead giveaway: 'Reefer Man', 'Sweet Marijuana Brown', 'Reefer Head Woman', 'Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine?', 'The Reefer Song (If You're A Viper)', etc.
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Smoking Reefers & Kicking The Gong / Various (Uk)
Artist: Smoking Reefers & Kicking The Gong / Various
Format: CD
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1. Stuff Smith ; His Onyx Club Boys  You'se a Viper
2. Cab Calloway ; His Cotton Club Orchestra  Reefer Man
3. The Harlem Hamfats  the Weed Smoker's Dream
4. Lucille Bogan (With Tampa Red and Cow Cow Davenport)  Pot Hound Blues
5. Champion Jack Dupree  Junker's Blues
6. Ella Fitzgerald with the Chick Webb Orchestra  When I Get Low, I Get High
7. Julia Lee ; Her Boy Friends  the Spinach Song (I Didn't Like It the First Time)
8. The Cats ; the Fiddle  Killin' Jive
9. Clarence Williams ; His Washboard Band  Jerry the Junker
10. Victoria Spivey with Lonnie Johnson  Dope Head Blues
11. Adrian Rollini ; His Tap Room Gang  Got a Need for You
12. Tampa Red ; the Chicago Five  I'm Gonna Get High
13. Jazz Gillum ; His Jazz Boys  Reefer Head Woman
14. The Ink Spots  That Cat Is High
15. Cleo Brown  the Stuff Is Here and It's Mellow
16. Cab Calloway ; His Orchestra  the Man from Harlem
17. Julia Lee ; Tommy Douglas' Orchestra  Lotus Blossom (Sweet Marijuana)
18. The Barney Bigard Sextet  Sweet Marijuana Brown
19. Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson  Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?
20. Bessie Smith  Gimme a Pigfoot (Gimme a Reefer)
21. Ernest Rodgers  Willie the Chimney Sweeper
22. Leadbelly  Take a Whiff on Me
23. Buck Washington  Save the Roach for Me
24. Ella Fitzgerald with the Chick Webb Orchestra  Wacky Dust
25. Lavern ; Jackie  Think Twice (Version X)
26. Fats Waller  the Reefer Song (If You're a Viper)

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Whatever it's nomenclature, entertainers have long enjoyed a "special relationship" with cannabis/marijuana, particularly musicians and singers, who've long delighted in extolling the joys of recreational drugs. This compilation deals with the leaf's early years, when it was generally referred to as "Reefer" (sometimes, "Gage", "Pot", or "Tea"), and was pretty much the exclusive domain of Jazz and Blues musicians. The oldest sides featured herein are a couple of the earliest known druggies' anthems, 'Willie the Chimney Sweeper' (an homage to smoking opium, a practice then widely known as "kicking the gong") and 'Dope Head Blues'. Some major artistes feature on this set, notably Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Champion Jack Dupree and The Ink Spots. Mind you, many of the song titles are a dead giveaway: 'Reefer Man', 'Sweet Marijuana Brown', 'Reefer Head Woman', 'Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine?', 'The Reefer Song (If You're A Viper)', etc.
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