Harlem Hamfats

Harlem Hamfats

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Harlem Hamfats was a Chicago jazz band formed in 1936. Initially, they mainly provided backup music for jazz and blues singers, such as Johnny Temple, Rosetta Howard, and Frankie Jaxon for Decca Records, but when their first record "Oh Red" became a hit, it secured them a Decca contract for fifty titles. They launched a successful recording career performing danceable music. The group was not from Harlem nor were they "hamfats." The name 'hamfat' derives from early 20th century slang in which the word was used to designate something as second-rate or a poor substitute. There is some disagreement about the roots of the word. Some believe it refers to a 'hamfat' cut of meat, which was cheaper and of poorer quality than the lean part of the ham. It has also been suggested that hamfat was used by poor country boys to grease the cork on their instruments, as opposed to the city slickers, who could easily find and afford cork grease. Others hold that it refers to a method black face comedians had of adhering burnt cork makeup with hamfat.show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 200g
  • Log Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134976628
  • 9786134976626