Mudcat Café message #97324 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #12355   Message #97324
Posted By: Roger the zimmer
20-Jul-99 - 10:28 AM
Thread Name: Occasional Stray into Bawdiness
Subject: RE: Occasional Stray into Bawdiness
The blues is riddled with double & single entedres: the women like Ma Rainey & Bessie Smith, not forgetting Big Mama Thornton (you know the one: looked like Sonny Liston only not so effeminate) gave as good as they got in response to the chauvinist lyrics of the male singers. A lot of their repertoire was bawdy vaudeville as well as blues [I just mis-typed baudeville could be a new term!]
Still kept alive in UK by artists like George Melly & Dana Gillespie [Wrong key & right keyhole; Nuts; Hot dog man; Kitchen man; Put a hot dog in my roll; Under your hood etc etc]