Have you ever heard of Lucille Bogan? Me neither, until this morning. Ah, the power of Facebook. She was one of the first Blues singers to be recorded - that song above was recorded in 1935. I've always pictured the past, eras well before my time, to be genteel and soft around the edges and full of polite words and only vague flowery references to sex. I was way wrong:
What a dirty girl! And isn't the clap easily cured by antibiotics? Is that a new development since the 30s? (Probably, and I could totally google it, but I don't care that much.)
In surfing YouTube for more dirty old songs to share, I found one by the Toppers recorded in 1954 called Baby Let Me Bang Your Box, but there's a reference to a piano, so it's cheating. Lucille was raw and hard - she called a cock a cock. Twenty years later, I guess radio-play was more the goal than telling it how it was.
One of the comments left on Lucille's videos said "I've just found the answer to 'If you could meet anyone, dead or alive...'." It'd be a hell of a conversation, for sure.