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Thread #126099   Message #2799403
Posted By: Dave Roberts
30-Dec-09 - 01:01 PM
Thread Name: Origins: What a Jimmy-john is? (from Green Corn)
Subject: RE: Origins: What a Jimmy-john is?

Thanks for posting that. I too had an old wind-up gramophone when I was young (banished from the house to the garage)and a stack of 78s, including 'The Gandy Dancers' Ball'. Others included 'She Wears Red Feathers'(Guy Mitchell), 'The Ballad of Robin Hood' (the Dick James version), 'Quicksilver'(Doris Day), 'My Truly Truly Fair' (Guy Mitchell or Frankie Laine?)and 'Tzena Tzena Tzena' (can't remember who by, but it wasn't The Weavers).
Eventually I tired of both gramophone and records and - horror of horrors - they were all thrown on the local tip.
Since then, of course, I have learned the error of my ways and am the proud possessor of a Decca Brunswick portable, which is meticulously oiled, cleaned, polished and fussed over like a baby, and a collection of about 200 78s.
The point is, some of those old songs sound great on 78 to this day. There's just something so tactile and satisfying about 'putting a record on' which is missing with other forms of reproduction, including CDs.
And to bring the thread back on topic, it's nice to know at last what a 'jimmy-john' is. I never knew either.