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Smoking Reefers and Kicking the Gong

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Smoking Reefers And Kicking The Gong
Smoking Reefers And Kicking The Gong


Whatever its 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.


  1. Name
  2. Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys - You'se A Viper
  3. Cab Calloway & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Reefer Man
  4. The Harlem Hamfats - The Weed Smoker's Dream
  5. Lucille Bogan (With Tampa Red And Cow Cow Davenport) - Pot Hound Blues
  6. Champion Jack Dupree - Junker's Blues
  7. Ella Fitzgerald With The Chick Webb Orchestra - When I Get Low, I Get High
  8. Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends - The Spinach Song (I Didn't Like It The First Time)
  9. The Cats & The Fiddle - Killin' Jive
  10. Clarence Williams & His Washboard Band - Jerry The Junker
  11. Victoria Spivey With Lonnie Johnson - Dope Head Blues
  12. Adrian Rollini & His Tap Room Gang - Got A Need For You
  13. Tampa Red & The Chicago Five - I'm Gonna Get High
  14. Jazz Gillum & His Jazz Boys - Reefer Head Woman
  15. The Ink Spots - That Cat Is High
  16. Cleo Brown - The Stuff Is Here And It's Mellow
  17. Cab Calloway & His Orchestra - The Man From Harlem
  18. Julia Lee & Tommy Douglas' Orchestra - Lotus Blossom (Sweet Marijuana)
  19. The Barney Bigard Sextet - Sweet Marijuana Brown
  20. Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson - Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?
  21. Bessie Smith - Gimme A Pigfoot (Gimme A Reefer)
  22. Ernest Rodgers - Willie The Chimney Sweeper
  23. Leadbelly - Take A Whiff On Me
  24. Buck Washington - Save The Roach For Me
  25. Ella Fitzgerald With The Chick Webb Orchestra - Wacky Dust
  26. Lavern & Jackie - Think Twice (Version X)
  27. Fats Waller - The Reefer Song (If You're A Viper)

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