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Friday, August 26, 2016

The REAL Meaning Of "Bad To The Bone" In George Thorogood & The Destroyers' Song

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents information about the (White) British group George Thorogood and the Destroyers' 1982 Blues rock song "Bad To The Bone" along with lyrics for and a video of that song.

This post also presents my critiques of online definitions of the term "bad to the bone" means in the context of this record and my statement about what "bad to the bone" REALLY means in this song and why it has that meaning.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, etymological, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners

Thanks to George Thorogood and the Destroyers for their musical legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS' RECORD "BAD TO THE BONE"
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=11616 [referred to below as songfacts. com #1]
Album: Bad to the Bone
Released: 1982
This is based on the Bo Diddley Blues song "I'm A Man." Thorogood is influenced by The Blues, and Diddley is one of his heroes... Both songs are full of swagger, with the singers exuding lots of testosterone...

With MTV coming on the air in 1981, Thorogood picked a good time to release a memorable video. The clip showed Thorogood playing pool against Bo Diddley in a place where there was no chance of a dance sequence breaking out. Pool champion Willie Mosconi also appears in the video, which introduced Thorogood - and to some extent, Diddley - to the younger MTV crowd."...

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From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_to_the_Bone
"Bad to the Bone" is a song by George Thorogood and the Destroyers released in 1982 on the album of the same name. While it was not widely popular during its initial release, its video made recurrent appearances on the nascent MTV, created a year before. Licensing for films, television, and commercials has since made the song more popular.

Structure and influences
The song's roots can be traced back to rock and roll musician Bo Diddley's song "I'm a Man", which uses a similar guitar riff and vocal rhythm, and has a similar overall structure, as well as Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man", Muddy Waters's "Mannish Boy," John Lee Hooker's "I'm Bad Like Jesse James", and Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Gangster of Love". The riff is also very similar to the one from Chuck Berry's song "No Money Down" as well as Elvis Presley's "Trouble"."

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SONG LYRICS: BAD TO THE BONE
(As sung by George Thorogood and the Destroyers)

On the day I was born
The nurses all gathered 'round
And they gazed in wide wonder
At the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up
Said "leave this one alone"
She could tell right away
That I was bad to the bone

Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
B-B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-B-Bad
Bad to the bone

I broke a thousand hearts
Before I met you
I'll break a thousand more, baby
Before I am through
I wanna be yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-Bad
Bad to the bone

I make a rich woman beg
I'll make a good woman steal
I'll make an old woman blush
And make a young girl squeal
I wanna be yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
B-B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-B-Bad
Bad to the bone

And when I walk the streets
Kings and Queens step aside
Every woman I meet
They all stay satisfied
I wanna tell ya pretty baby
Well Ya see I make my own
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
B-B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-Bad
Bad to the bone

Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/georgethorogoodandthedestroyers/badtothebone.html

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: George Thorogood And The Destroyers - Bad To The Bone



emimusic, Uploaded on Apr 22, 2010
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Selected comments from this video's discussion thread:
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Craig Jackson
"good song ROCK N ROLL forever

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"+Craig Jackson Led Zeppelin and George are the best White boy bluesmen ever....no offense to Eric Clapton."

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Freddy Ramirez
"Anybody besides me ever thought this was sung by a black guy? I had no idea, always loved this song!"

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stephen brooks
"+Freddy Ramirez You're dumb lol"

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Freddy Ramirez
"+stephen brooks don't tell me you never thought about it lol"

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duttyow709
"+Freddy Ramirez Muddy Waters, Mannish Boy."

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connfyoozed
"For those who don't know, this is a cover of a Bo Diddley song. That is Bo Diddley playing pool against George in the video. And Bo Diddley was one bad mofo with a guitar."

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THE REAL MEANING OF "BAD TO THE BONE" IN THE CONTEXT OF GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS' RECORD
In the context of George Thorogood & The Destroyers' "Bad To The Bone" song, a man who is "bad to the bones" is "thoroughly good when it comes to pleasing women sexually". A man who is "bad to the bone" has really "got it goin' on" when it comes his success with women.

"Bad to the bone" is an intensification of the standard English language meaning of the word "bad". Instead of something negative, in African American slang, the adjective "bad" means "very good". The adjectives "dope" and "sick" are two other contemporary [beginning of the 21st century?] African American originated synonyms of "bad".

Read the other definitions of "bad to the bone" below that I found online. I don't think the definitions of "evil through and through" fit the sexually bragging lyrics of those Blues, Blues Rock, and R&B songs that I mentioned.
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It should be noted that "the bone" that is referenced in the term means "skeleton bones" and not the slang term for a man's sexual organ.

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It's ironical that George Thorogood's last name echos the real meaning of the term "bad to the bone".

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OTHER ONLINE DEFINITIONS OF "BAD TO THE BONE"
From http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=11616
"The phrase "Bad To The Bone" means there isn't a bit of good in him....

While Thorogood is a disciple of the Blues, he was raised in a Delaware suburb and by most accounts is actually a pretty nice guy, despite what he claims in this song"...
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The songfact.com writer arrived at those conclusions even though he or she wrote that "George Thorogood & The Destroyers' "Bad To The Bone" is "based on the Bo Diddley Blues song "I'm A Man."

Another songfacts.com article about Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man" song (http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=12395; songfacts.com #2) indicates that "He sings about his sexual prowess".
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"I'm A Man", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Mannish Boy", the British Blues Rock song "Bad To The Bone", and countless other Blues & R&B songs are self-bragging songs. And what the men are bragging about is their sexual prowess with women.

People who read the lyrics of those songs and concludes that a man who describes himself as "bad to the bone" is using the standard definitions of "bad" rather than the African American Vernacular English meaning which is coupled with the slang definition of "to the bone", meaning "thoroughly". Add a large amount of sexual inferences and you arrive at what I strongly feel is the REAL meaning of "bad to the bone" in the context of George Thorogood & The Destroyers' song*.
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*I added italics to highlight the end of that sentence.

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From https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bad_to_the_bone
"Adjective
bad to the bone ‎(not comparable)
(idiomatic) Completely bad and evil; pure evil."

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From http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/bad+to+the+bone
“bad to the bone".- idiom
Thoroughly and completely immoral, wicked, dangerous, and/or unlawful. Often used in an ironic, jocular way.

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OTHER USES OF THE PHRASE "___ TO THE BONE"
Barbecue Bob's 1928 song "Chocolate To The Bone" is an example of an early use of "___ to the bone" phrase. In that song, the singer brags about how I "Love that I’m brownskin, chocolate to the bone." Although the extended form of this phrase isn't used in that song, "chocolate to the bones" means "chocolate down to my bones". While that 1928 song includes a considerable amount of sexual bragging, the "chocolate to the bone" phrase refers to the person being proud that he/she* is part of the brownskin (i.e. Black) race.

*I wrote he/she because it appears to me that although the singer is a man, the person whose words are spoken in that 1928 song is a woman.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/12/barbecue-bob-chocolate-to-bone-sound.html for a pancocojams post about that song.

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"She's My One Black Two Black" is the title/first line of a children's rhyme/song which includes the words "chocolate to the bone". I believe that Barbecue Bob's 1928 song is the primary source of "One Black Two Black". I also believe that the phrase "chocolate to the bone" in that song means the same thing that it does in that earlier song -i.e. the person who is "chocolate to the bone" is proud of her or his Black racial identity.

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"Trini to the bone" [Trinidadian] to the bone" is a contemporary Caribbean form of the phrase "chocolate to the bone". That patriotic phrase affirms one's love of being from Trinidad (or from Trinidad & Tobago). The use of the colloquial referent "Trini" marks this form of that phrase as being of somewhat recent origin. That phrase may have been used prior to David Ruffin's 2003 Soca song "Trini to de bone". However, that song certainly popularized that phrase. Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VCYlLG8VR8 for a sound file of that Soca song.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Video Examples Of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity Stepping & Strolling

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides information about Kappa Kappa Psi. This post also showcases five videos of the stepping and strolling performance styles of a few of that organization's Black chapters or predominately Black chapters.

Another featured video showcases an example of members of Kappa Kappa Psi singing their national hymn and the last featured videos shows members of Kappa Kappa Psi serenading a member's bride and then stepping at the wedding reception.

The content of this post is presented for cultural and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all others who are featured in these videos and thanks to the publishers of these YouTube videos.

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INFORMATION ABOUT KAPPA KAPPA PSI
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kappa_Kappa_Psi_chapters
"Kappa Kappa Psi (ΚΚΨ), National Honorary Band Fraternity. Over 300 chapters have been established in the United States since 1919, which are organized into six separate districts."

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_Kappa_Psi
Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity (ΚΚΨ, colloquially referred to as KKPsi), is a fraternity for college and university band members in the United States. It was founded on November 27, 1919 at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Kappa Kappa Psi primarily operates as a recognition society[1] providing service, leadership opportunities, and social programming for band members. Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, has been recognized as a sister organization since 1947, and the two organizations share National Headquarters in Stillwater Station, a converted historical Santa Fe rail depot that was purchased by the fraternity and sorority in 1991.

Since 1919, more than 66,000 men and women have been initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi, with nearly 6,000 collegiate members active today. Members of Kappa Kappa Psi include President Bill Clinton; astronaut Neil Armstrong;[4] chancellor and eleventh president of Indiana University, Herman B Wells;[5] composers John Williams and John Philip Sousa;[6] conductor William Revelli; and jazz pianist and bandleader Count Basie.[7]

…May 1957 saw the first chapters at historically black universities: On May 19, the Delta Alpha chapter at Langston University was installed; three days later, the Gamma Omega chapter was established at Texas Southern University.[19]

... The first women to join the fraternity were sisters of the Sigma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Arizona State University, who merged with the Beta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi after a unanimous vote of both organizations.[23] These women were Patricia A. Childress, Lydia L. Lennon, Leslie A. Anderson, Mary L. Duffala, Mary M. Ketterer, Kristina M. Zipsnis, Clara M. Bertilson, and Toni Ryon, who were initiated into Beta Omicron on August 26, 1977.[23] On August 27, Lea F. Fuller was initiated.[23] The first woman to participate in the formal probationary membership process and become a member of Kappa Kappa Psi was Darragh Hill Young, who was initiated into the Beta Tau chapter at Wichita State University on September 1, 1977.[23]....

The Fraternity Hymn was written by brother Scott Jeffrey Heckstall Jr. when he was a prospective member of the Eta Gamma chapter in 1977.[68] Heckstall had wanted to be a charter member, but was not chosen. Heckstall was encouraged to rush, and he recalled that as part of his rush process, a couple of brothers took him to a piano and told him, "We know that you play [piano] in church. We need a fraternity hymn. We'll give you three hours, and you sit over there and come up with a hymn. We'll come back in three hours, and we expect a hymn."[68] Heckstall recalled the hymn Someday (Beams of Heaven As I Go) by Charles Albert Tindley and changed a few words—for example, "Beams of Heaven as I go through this wilderness below" became "K K Psi, as we go through this wilderness here below."[68] The brothers of Eta Gamma were satisfied with Heckstall's hymn.
Years later, the hymn was presented to the brotherhood assembled at the 1995 National Convention and accepted as the national fraternity hymn.[69] Blue and white are the fraternity's official colors.[67] The fraternity flower is a red carnation, so chosen because it was founder William Scroggs's favorite flower.[67]"...
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A performance of Kappa Kappa Psi's fraternity hymn is found in the video given below as Example #3.

While Kappa Kappa Psi isn't a historically Black Greek letter fraternity, I've included the "Black fraternity and sorority stepping" tag below because Kappa Kappa Psi's stepping (hopping), strolling, probate shows, and other organization features are similar to those historically Black organizations, although they also add their own signature moves such as "loose neckin'" and "skate" to stepping & strolling traditions.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS

Example #1: Kappa Kappa Psi - Zeta Psi hopping at Homecoming



James Drake Uploaded on Nov 9, 2010

The brothers of the Zeta Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. party hopping during the Homecoming drumline tunnel at Virginia State University

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Example #2: Kappa Kappa Psi



ktg778 Uploaded on Apr 8, 2011

Kappa Kappa Psi strolling at Valdosta State University. Lambda Omicron chapter April 8, 2011

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Example #3: KKPsi Hymn



Ahandful ofIdiots Published on Apr 25, 2012
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The hand holding style that is used for this song is the same as way singers join hands while singing the civil rights song "We Shall Overcome". I've also found other YouTube videos of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Black Greek letter sorority using the same hand holding style while singing their Sweetheart song.

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Example #4: 2012 UMD Block Show: Kappa Kappa Psi



Shegaw Mekonen Published on May 7, 2012

The brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity's Gamma Xi chapter perform at the 2012 University of Maryland Block Show

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Example #5: Rowden Wedding Bruhs Sangin Delta Psi Chapter Hymn



Marcus Rowden Published on Mar 27, 2013

Bruhs Sangin, Looseneckin and Steppin at my wedding.
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Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQVQKe-2Lfc for another video of that fraternity serenading and stepping. That video identified the fraternity as Kappa Kappa Psi (Prairie View A&M University). Here's the summary of that video: "Marcus and the Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi (PV) serenade Mrs. Rowden! Then they get a loose neck and hump back!"

"Sangin[g]" is a African American Vernacular English present tense form of the word "sing". That definition of "sang" means "to sing very well, especially to sing soulfully very well".
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Example #6: NC A&T KAPPA KAPPA PSI at the 2015 Honda Battle of the bands Social



DMCash Published on Jan 31, 2015

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Example #7:. Kappa Kappa Psi, Zeta Phi Chapter 2016 Bowl N Stroll



Stefan Smith Published on Jan 31, 2016

All 3 rounds of the Tuskegee University chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi winning performance at the 2016 Bowl N Stroll in Atlanta, Ga

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RELATED VIDEO
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK0Ptuyxymo
for a video example of a Kappa Kappa Psi probate (a show introducing new members of that organization to the public.) Notice how much that probate is like those performed by historically Black Greek letter organizations.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Five Videos Of Cellist, BeatBoxer, & Singer Kevin "K.O." Olusola

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides information about African American celloboxer (playing cello and beatboxing simultaneously) and singer Kevin "K.O" Olusola. This post also showcases five of Kevin Olusola's performances and includes selected comments from some of those YouTube video's discussion threads.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Kevin Olusola for his musical performances. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT KEVIN OLUSOLA
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Olusola
"Kevin Olusola (born October 5, 1988) is an American musician, beatboxer, songwriter, record producer, singer, and rapper. Olusola is best known as the beatboxer of the vocal band Pentatonix.[2] After the group won NBC's The Sing-Off in 2011, they released five albums which all charted in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 charts, have sold over 2 million records,[3] and have amassed more than one billion views on their YouTube channel.

Olusola has also been identified as developing the art of "celloboxing" (playing cello and beatboxing simultaneously).[4] His celloboxing version of Mark Summer's "Julie-O" went viral in April 2011, which led him to become involved with Pentatonix. Olusola has performed at classical musical festivals such as the Amsterdam Cello Biennale and the Kronberg Academy Festival, opened the TED Conference in Vancouver, and was chosen by Quincy Jones to represent him in concert at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival on the same program as Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea.[5] Olusola is fluent in Mandarin.[6]

Olusola was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Nigerian-born Oluwole Olusola, a psychiatrist, and Grenadian-born Curline Paul, a nurse. At that time, his father had just come from medical school in Nigeria and an internship in Trinidad and Tobago to Loma Linda University (a Seventh-day Adventist institution), where he met his wife while she was doing her MPH. After they married, they moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania (where Kevin's sister Candace was born) for a short period of time, and then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for his father to finish residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (where Kevin’s brother Kellon was born). Olusola started his education at Greater Philadelphia Junior Academy, but his family eventually moved to Owensboro, Kentucky where he was raised...

Olusola’s parents discovered his musical talent when he was six months old and decided to put him in music lessons. He started the piano at age 4, the cello at age 6, and alto saxophone at age 10...

While at Yale, Olusola was one of the principal cellists of the Yale Symphony Orchestra and participated in chamber music. It was during his junior year when he started thinking about music as a career when, that previous summer in Beijing, he began working on "celloboxing". One of his teachers at a Harvard summer intensive Chinese program suggested that he should try combining the two abilities. He won runner-up in Yo-Yo Ma’s "Celebrate and Collaborate With Yo-Yo Ma’ competition (Ma said Olusola’s version of Dona Nobis Pacem was "inventive and unexpected") and opened for KRS-One at Southern Connecticut State University. Olusola says that, during that spring break, his pre-med mentor Brandon Ogbunugafor (who was MD/PhD at Yale at the time) helped him to make the decision to finally go into music, saying medicine would always be there. After a summer of neurobiology research at Yale, Olusola moved to Beijing for his academic year of Chinese study and continuously honed his celloboxing skills."...

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
These videos are presented in chronological order by their posting dates on YouTube with the video with the oldest date given first.

Example #1: Kevin Olusola's Amazing Solo Cello Beatbox Combo VIDEO



thestuffwelove, Uploaded on Apr 19, 2011

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Example #2:Kevin Olusola - "Julie-O"




The Spaulding Sessions, Published on Apr 9, 2012

The Spaulding Session, Volume 1
March 29, 2012

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Example #3: Sugar (Maroon 5 Live KOver) - Kevin "K.O." Olusola


Kevin K.O. Olusola, Published on Feb 2, 2015

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Example #4: Stay With Me (Sam Smith looping KOver) - Kevin "K.O." Olusola



Kevin K.O. Olusola, Published on Feb 9, 2015
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Selected comments from this video's discussion thread:
2016
Luan Trovador
"How can you play cello, do beatbox and SMILE at the same time?!"

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Uwagwu Michael
"This is Awesome! Kevin, you are an inspiration to so many. Keep it Up."

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Anika
"He speaks Chinese, plays cello, graduated from Yale, plays saxophone, sings a capella, and beatboxes...seriously, is there anything Kevin can't do?"

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America The Brave
"And he also went to the 2 best UNI's in China !!"

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Heather Figi
"A gift to the world - wow, wow, wow!!!!! Kevin, wishing you all the best - may all your dreams come true. Thank you for making this beautiful music in the world. Don't stop"

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Example #5: Renegade - Kevin "K.O." Olusola



Kevin K.O. Olusola, Published on Mar 9, 2015
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Selected comments from this video's discussion thread:
2016
Carl Lindstrom
"Musicality to me, is a combination of soul and skill ... Kevin has both and then some spark"

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Anna
"His opening falsetto is like a cross between Rose's theme in Doctor Who, and one of the themes from The Hunger Games and it makes me so nostalgic"

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Kays Navales
"Kevin's so underrated. He is an amazing person with a kind heart, speaks Mandarin fluently, knows four other languages, developed the art of celloboxing, is a Yale graduate and so so much more. RESPECT. 😍"

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Laurel Shepard
"Wait so Kevin is really smart and he can sing and beatbox and play the cello and saxophone and compose music and is super nice and has a great laugh AND can sing falsetto like a badass? I CAN'T HANDLE IT ILY KEV"

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molliny viriri
"Don't ever stop, your music brings so much joy and peace to many. I love your passion."

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Taylor H.
"This is awesome. No doubt he will go far."

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Fayola Online
"He already has two grammys (with Pentatonix)"

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

YouTube Sound Files & Video Examples Of "Ballin The Jack" (Instrumental Recordings, Songs, & Dances)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on the American dance "ballin the jack".

Part II showcases four sound files & videos of Jazz compositions entitled "Ballin The Jack". Part II also showcases a 1914 film clip of Black Americans dancing in a nightclub. That film clip is dubbed with a "Ballin' The Jack" Jazz composition. Part II also showcases two movie clips that feature a "Ballin The Jack" song and dance performance.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/08/information-about-ballin-jack-railroad.html for Part I of this series. Part I provides information about the railroad term "ballin' the jack" and the African American originated dance with that name. Part I also provides examples of some early 20th century songs that include the phrase "ballin the jack".

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the composers and performers who are featured in this post. Thanks also to the publishers of these YouTube examples.

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FEATURED YOUTUBE EXAMPLES
These examples are divided into "sound files" and "video" categories. The examples in those categories are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.
This compilation isn't meant to represent all of the examples of "Ballin' The Jack" on YouTube. constitute Unfortunately, there are no visual or text (word only) descriptions of the "ballin' the Jack" dance as it was performed before it was choreographed for 20th century American movies.

SOUND FILES
Example #1: Pearl Bailey - Ballin' the jack



simonsaid66 Published on Jun 21, 2012

From "Abroad"...

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Example #2: Fats Domino - Ballin' the Jack



max26111000, Published on Aug 7, 2012

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Example #3: Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Footwarmers - Balling The Jack (1927)



edmundusrex, Published on Oct 4, 2013

Johnny Dodds (April 12, 1892 - August 8, 1940) was an American New Orleans based jazz clarinetist and alto saxophonist, best known for his recordings under his own name and with bands such as those of Joe "King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Lovie Austin and Louis Armstrong. Dodds was also the older brother of drummer Warren "Baby" Dodds. The pair worked together in the New Orleans Bootblacks in 1926...

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Example #4: Victor Military Band "Ballin' the Jack" famous song Victor 35405 September 25, 1914



Tim Gracyk Published on Jun 13, 2014

Victor Military Band plays "Ballin' the Jack" on Victor 35405, recorded on September 25, 1914.

First you put your two knees close up tight,
Then you sway 'em to the left, then you sway 'em to the right,
Step around the floor kind of nice and light,
Then you twis' around and twis' around with all your might,
Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space
Then do the Eagle Rock with style and grace
Swing your foot way 'round then bring it back,
Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack."

Lyrics are by Jim Burris. Music is by Chris Smith.

From 1911 to 1919, the Victor Military Band releases helped the Victor Talking Machine Company satisfy high demand for dance records. This Victor "house" band--not a true military band--consisted of about a dozen musicians who also recorded as members of the Victor Band and Victor Concert Orchestra. The band was especially popular during the years the turkey trot, the tango, and the fox trot were introduced to Americans. Many labels state "For dancing." Victor 17550, featuring "Thanks for the Lobster--Trot or One-Step," even adds, "60 bars per minute."...

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VIDEOS
Example #1: judy Garland & Gene Kelly - Ballin' the Jack



Ohujapaksu Published on Jun 26, 2013

This song & dance number is a great period piece from the golden age of Vaudeville just before World War I. The footage comes from For Me and My Gal (MGM, 1942), the first film Judy and Gene made together. The song was originally written in 1913 by Jim Burris (words) and Chris Smith (music).
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Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChOfnmsROCE for another video of Gene Kelly demonstrating how he dances “Ballin the Jack”.

Also, recall this comment that I quoted in Part I of this series from Mudcat folk music forum blogger Jim Dixon:
...."the [J Burris, C Smith] song BALLIN' THE JACK was published in October, 1913, only a couple of months before this article [that criticized immoral behavior in "Colored shows in picture houses"] was published. The writer doesn't explain the expression "balling the jack"—he assumes his readers already know what it means, and that they understand why he considers it obscene.

[Furthermore, it is hard to believe that anyone would consider the song obscene, or the movements described in the song. Am I justified in concluding that the original meaning of "balling the jack" must have been something quite different from what is described in the song?—and that the song somewhat sanitized the concept of "balling the jack"?-JD]"

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Example #2: American dancers in 1914, jazz dance in a black club with Kid Ory's 'Ballin' the Jack'



drummercouk, Published on Nov 16, 2014

Fascinating dance film footage of swing dancers in a black club in the US in 1914. I found a silent version and overdubbed it with "Ballin 'the Jack" by Kid Ory, a jazz hit from 1913 which seems to work with the routine!

Jazz routines like the 'Big Apple' are still danced in circles in swing clubs today. Everyone is clearly having a great time. Love the men fanning their coat tails to the ladies!

Check out the snare played side drum style in this rare footage. Ory's band in New Orleans in the 1910s was hiring many of the great jazz musicians of the city including "King" Oliver and Louis Armstrong.
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/08/1914-silent-film-clip-of-black.html for a pancocojams post about the silent version of this 1914 film clip.

Another music dubbed version of this film clip can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOk4oArl3Tk. The summary for that film clip indicates that the music dubbed for that version is "St. Louis Blues 1914 (with that notable "habanera" bridge)"
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Pancocojams Editor: The "Ballin' The Jack" dance may not be performed in this film clip, but this dubbed clip is still a cultural treasure.

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Example #3: Dean Martin & Polly Bergen - Ballin' the Jack



dino4ever Published on Feb 15, 2015

As performed in "That's My Boy." (1951)

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