Jake Leg Blues

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Jake Leg Blues

Post by conjurer » Tue Sep 07, 2021 10:31 pm



Here's a good cover of an old (1930s) blues song about the Jake Leg, one of many that documented an affliction that came upon upwards of a hundred thousand Americans during Prohibition for drinking a patent medicine called Jamaican ginger, which packed a rocket fuel punch of alcohol (interestingly, allowed by the Volstead Act) along with an industrial plasticizer, which caused a terrible palsy amongst it's many drinkers. I believe this is where my common term for drunkenness (jaked) came from in the first place.

It was well documented by the writer Dan Baum in The New Yorker in 2003; a pdf of the original article can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica_ginger

At the bottom of the page, the first entry under "further reading."
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Re: Jake Leg Blues

Post by biglove » Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:33 am

Had no idea.
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Re: Jake Leg Blues

Post by thunder1 » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:03 am

biglove wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:33 am
Had no idea.

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Same here..
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