“THE BOY IN THE BOAT”

Another mystery solved, or perhaps another text explicated. 

In May 2010, I posted videos (courtesy of Rae Ann Berry) of a party thrown by Alisa Clancy that featured wonderful duets by Jeff Hamilton on piano and Clint Baker on trumpet. 

In case you missed them, here they are: https://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/alisas-party-jeff-hamilton-and-clint-baker-may-18-2010/

One of their most saucy outings was SQUEEZE ME, which made me think of its origins in a cheerfully bawdy song called THE BOY IN THE BOAT.  The title had little to do with nautical adventures, and I have included the Winslow Homer image above only as a jape. 

I had only a partial recollection of the lyrics and asked my readers for assistance.  Surprisingly, no explicators or archivists emerged to assist me. 

But when I recently found the YouTube channel of “blindleroygarnett” enlightenment came along as a bonus — a late Paramount (circa 1931) of one George Hannah singing about that boy with accompaniment by Meade Lux Lewis. 

Listen, my children, and you shall hear. 

Now you know!

2 responses to ““THE BOY IN THE BOAT”

  1. My father Frank Melropse, pianist in the early years, recorded “Boy In A Boat.” The CD came out in 2006, titled “Bluisiana,” another of my father’s compositions. It was put out in 2006 by Delmark Records, of Chicago. Among the musicians playing on the CD, with my dad, are Boyce Brown, Pete Daily, Harold “Sleepy” Kaplan, Willie Sherman, LeRoy Smith, Bill Helgart with June Davis on vocal. When this CD was released it was proof enough for me that “Jazz Does Live.” I truly enjoy reading “Jazz Lives.” thank you!!…Ida Melrose Shoufler

  2. Thanks for digging this up. I’ve been looking for this song for years. I thought it was by Cripple Clarence Lofton, or maybe that’s another version.

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