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Posted By: GUEST,Songster Bob
21-Sep-06 - 12:30 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Subject: RE: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
The phrase comes from the practice of insetting diamonds into the front of teeth. Jelly Roll Morton, the self-claimed "inventory of jazz," had at least one diamond-studded tooth.

Why a ranch owner might take on this affectation, I don't know. I always connected it to people in "flash company" -- gamblers, pimps, and whorehouse piano players (see Jelly Roll Morton, above) -- instead of businessmen.

Bob