[Dixielandjazz] Re: Fonk

Don Ingle dingle at baldwin-net.com
Tue Jul 20 09:18:44 PDT 2004

T'would seem a likely selection for a following up tune to your horse pucky
routine would be to do the old Freddie "Schnicklefritz" Fisher tune, "Horsey
keep your tail up."
   Horsey keep your tail up
   Horsey keep your tail up
   Keep the Sunlight from my eyes.
   Horsey Keep your tail up
   Horsey Keep your tail up
   Never mind about the flies....etc.
   Spike also recorded it but Freddy was the first to do so.
   My season with him in Aspen, winter of '59-'60 was an unforgettable
gig...but then Freddy was unforgettable as well.
   His son King ( now going as Joseph in OZ) was on cornet and Moi on valve
trombone and Freddy on whatever he had close to hand. The bell of his bass
sax was the depository for his cigaret ashes and butts. It was a fun gig -
just four us most nights  with Walt Smith, a mucho talented pianist on
piano, and some sit in visiting musicoes to fill in on some weekends. A
frequent sit in was Joe Marsala who lived in aspen at the time.
"Horsey" was the most requested tune and we often had to play it two or
three times a night.
The Saints never had a chance!!
Don Ingle

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com>
To: <dingle at baldwin-net.com>; <robert.smith at mitransport.no>;
<dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 11:49 AM
Subject: Fonk

> Hello all,
> To update my query on the FONK I will quote Fra Don Ingle:
> "[Spike Jones' sidemen] John Stanley and King Jackson were the first two
> these trombonists, one
> described it as play a lower note while belching at the same time. A
> description was playing the low note and puking at the same time."
> Now when Brother Don wrote to me in a private e-mail that he was impressed
> with Boondocker Jim Maihack playing a "FONK" there at our gig in Ohio, I
> could only think of one unusual thing that Maihack did and so I assumed
> was the "FONK" to which Don was alluding. The Maihack stunt was to hold
> note (I believe the dominant) on one long breath through his entire
> solo in "Tiger Rag."
> Now as impressive as that was, I was off the mark. It wasn't the LONG note
> that was the FONK, it was the LOW note that Maihack plays from time to
>   Basically it occurs in our commentary preceding a song. It is about a
> horse making a deposit on the prairie floor which may seem a bit gross to
> some of you but is actually quite amusing when we all point to a spot on
> stage and Jim blows his FONK.
> I know, I know, but you had to be there!
> In my original post asking for the definition of a "FONK" I posed the
> question: "Is it a Funky Honk?"
> Turns out that this was pretty close to the mark.
> Respectfully submitted,
> Bill "How Low Can You Get?" Gunter
> jazzboard at hotmail.com
> ps - There's nothing like educational postings such as this that help make
> you a well rounded personality and a more complete human being.

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