Minnie The Moocher - Roy Fox & His Band (1932)

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Recorded at the Monseigneur Restaurant, London, Vocals by Al Bowlly & Bill Hartley - Minnie The Moocher, Decca 1932 (UK)

The song is based both musically and lyrically on Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon's 1927 "Willie the Weeper"[2][3] (Bette Davis sings this version in The Cabin in the Cotton). The lyrics are heavily laden with drug references. The character "Smokey" is described as "cokey", meaning a user of cocaine; the phrase "kicking the gong around" was a slang reference to smoking opium.[4]

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