SMOKIE, a way cool instrumental by Bill Black’s Combo was a hot dance number in 1959. Bill Black, who learned on a cigar box with a string, played bass for Elvis on Don’t Be Cruel. That smokin sax on Smokie is Ace...
With Buddy Bailey on lead and Harry Van Walls on the tinkling piano, this next tune was released in 1953 by Atlantic Records. It reached #2 R&B. Written by one of the great boogie R&B songwriters of the century, Rudy Toombs, who wrote dozens of sly fun songs about drinking and sporting life.
“I’m through with flirtin an drinkin whisky I got six extra children
from getting frisky”
These frisky lyrics spin a social tale about a young black man ending up with a ring on his finger after havin one too many mint juleps which back then was considered a wealthy white woman’s drink. Bourbon, sugar, cracked ice and a sprig of mint. ONE MINT JULEP was one of the first drinking songs to make it big and one of the first to feature a tenor sax solo. Ray Charles’ cover in 1961 reached #1 R&B. But the song we honor is...THE CLOVER’S VERSION of ONE MINT JULEP.