JOE LIGGINS’ first #1 hit was a groovin 2-part 78 rpm composition he created in 1945 to jive with a popular Texas dance craze called The Texas Hop. With scarce lyrics, boogie piano and honkin horns, the song was The Honeydripper. Some say a honeydripper is a man popular with women. “We got the Honeydripper in one try,” said Joe Liggins. “The guy in the booth said you’ll never do it any better.” That the song soared with only local distribution made it a miracle #1. Pullman porters would buy the record in L.A. record shops, smuggle them back to NY, Detroit and Chicago and triple their money.