[Dixielandjazz] 'Shine' the slang meaning

tubaman at batnet.com tubaman at batnet.com
Tue Nov 2 14:16:22 PST 2004

> For those who are still unsure about "Shine" and "Pipe The Shine".
> "Shine" is/was a derogatory term for "Nigger" which is/was a derogatory
> term
> for Black people.
> It was still in use in the 1940s, 50s and 60s in parts of, if not all of
> the
> USA. Probably still is in use today.
> "Pipe the shine" meant to beat the "shine" with a lead pipe, or blackjack
> which had their own slang terms as being a "nigger knocker".

Unfortunately, I guess I stand corrected - several confirming links from
this direction that did not show up when I searched "Pipe the Shine" - but
I now see this connection...


and many others that were much nastier and hateful. Certainly part of our
jazz history that most OKOM fans hesitate to acknowledge!

Dave Richoux

More information about the Dixielandjazz mailing list