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Asa Martin - Jake Walk Papa - The Jake Walk Blues 1933

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Published on Apr 24, 2011

Champion Records 16627 - (In 1935 the Starr Piano Company sold some Gennett masters, and the Gennett and Champion trademarks to Decca Records.) Asa Martin - "Jake Walk Papa" (Recorded April 5, 1933) The "Jake" in the song refers to a Poison put into early bootleg alcohols (triorthocresylphosphate) Organophosphate poisoning Ginger Jake.
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Although Jake had been mentioned as an intoxicant in song prior to the 1930 epidemic, the first post-poisoning 78 rpm jake leg song to hit a Victrola was Ishman Bracey's "Jake Liquor Blues" on Paramount 12941, recorded in March or April of 1930, some sixty to ninety days after the first documented case of Jamaica Ginger extract poisoning.
The jake-poisoning symptoms, once acquired, were for the most part, life-long and improved only rarely, in a very few cases. The number of impacted individuals is thought to be roughly 50,000 to 100,000, with many tens of thousands of cases of permanent paralysis.
That was quickly followed by the Allen Brothers Victor 40303 recording of "Jake Leg Blues" on the 5th of June, 1930 and Narmour & Smith's recording of "Jake Leg Rag" and "Limber Neck Blues" on June 6th, 1930. The Mississippi Sheiks great "Jake Leg Blues" on Okeh followed on June 10th, 1930. Byrd Moore's Gennett 17091 recording of "Jake Leg Blues" on September 7th, rounded out the first wave of 1930 recordings.
Asa F. Martin (June 25, 1900 -- August 15, 1979) was an American old time musician, singer and guitarist who made many recordings during the 1920s and '30s and was closely associated with renowned fiddle player Doc Roberts, for whom he played rhythm guitar. In turn, Roberts frequently played mandolin on Martin's recordings; Roberts' son James also sang duets with Martin under the name "Doc Roberts Trio". Martin was born in Winchester, Kentucky.
Martin made his recording debut with Doc Roberts on May 14, 1928 for Gennett Records.
Martin also performed on radio stations in Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1935, he hired an aspiring young banjo player, David Akeman. Martin gave Akeman the moniker "String Beans" during an onstage presentation when he couldn't remember the banjo player's name. The name eventually became "Stringbean".
Martin's pseudonym on the Champion label was Jesse Coats.
Martin retired from music in the 1940s and went to work at a steel plant in Ohio. In the 1950s, he moved to Irvine, Kentucky where he had purchased land just outside the town. He resumed his musical career on a small scale basis in the 1960s with his new band "the Cumberland Rangers". In the early 1970s, they recorded an album for Rounder Records Dr. Ginger Blue. Martin died at home in 1979 from an heart attack.
Flashbacks 1920's - 1940's Novelty Songs Of An Era Long Gone Bye.
Lyrics:
I can't eat, I can't talk
Been drinkin' mean jake, Lord, now can't
walk
Ain't got nothin' now to lose
Cause I'm a jake walkin' papa with the
jake walk blues.
Listen here papa, can't you see
You can't drink jake, and get along
with me
You're a jake walkin' papa with the
jake walk blues
I'm a red hot mama that you can't afford
to lose.
Listen here daddy, while I tell you once
more
If you're gonna drink jake don't you
knock at my door
Listen here mama have to call your hand
I'm a jake walkin' papa from jake walk
land.
I'm not good lookin' and I'm not low down
I'm a jake walkin' papa just hangin'
around Now I've made this song and it may not
rhyme But I'm a jake walkin' papa just havin' a
good time.
My daddy was a gambler and a drunkard
too
If he was living today h'ed have the jake
walk too
When I die you can have my hand
Gonna take a bottle of jake to the
promised land.
Spoken:
Now I'm feelin' kinda drunk,
brother
Be a wearin' jake socks after
awhile
You know they call them iron
socks
You know, I bet you don't know
one from the other,
brother, which is the other?

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