[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 9, Issue 52 Re: Black, Blue & Barbone

Harold Smith s3856lpa at webtv.net
Tue Sep 30 14:40:46 PDT 2003

Respect your knowledge, Steve, and your involvement in historical
accuracy, but the lyrics of "Black and Blue"  belie the premise of the
song pertaining  to black males prefering the "high yellow" gals.
Indeed, the lshow might have used the song in such a context.  But, what
the hell, they certainly wouldn't have shown Negro Males lusting after
WHITE women
in 1930.

As far as your comment on Louis fooling the world in the name of
showmanship vs.
the intent of the song, I ask you to listen to Louis singing "Now, I am
white deep down inside, but that don't help my case/"
And, later, "I can' t hide  what is on my face."

If Louis was just a clever entertainer, he sure could have fooled the
hell out of me.

Regards, Harold Smith

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