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Dedicated no notes readers will recall Koko, the clown: He’s of interest to me because he appeared in the Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon that featured “SJI.” But he’s of interest to Retro Thing because of his role in a five-minute cartoon that the blog says does exactly what the blockbuster 2012 wants to do […]

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Perhaps you’ll recall Koko, the clown, mentioned here in the past for his role in the famous (and not just to me) Max Fleischer cartoon starring Betty Boop and Cab Calloway’s rendition of “SJI.” (Koko also got a shout-out on the White Stripes cover of the tune.) And perhaps you’ll thus be interested to note, […]

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The other day I mentioned The White Stripes including “St. James Infirmary” in a live set. The famous Detroit duo also of course have recorded the song, on their first album. I’ve never written about that version here, but now’s as good a time as any. The occasion is the appearance on YouTube of what […]

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I was listening to Sound Opinions’ recent episode of “scary” songs (Halloween-connected and otherwise), and was interested to hear a Willie Dixon/Koko Taylor tune, “Insane Asylum.” Check the opening lyrics: I went out to the insane asylum And I found my baby out there I said please come back to me darlin’ What in the […]

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–> Thx: G.K.! A brief recap. An old Betty Boop cartoon by Max Fleischer is an astonishing and surreal piece of work, and happens to feature a Cab Calloway rendition of “St. James Infirmary.” Fleischer made several cartoons featuring jazz works. The 1933 Boop cartoon (considered a classic) features the character Koko the clown — […]

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  Here’s something I came upon by checking my “incoming links.” You know how I’m always going on about that Betty Boop cartoon featuring Cab Calloway’s take on “SJI”? Well, echenblog had a post mentioning that (and this site) the other day — and noting that in one poll of animators it was voted the […]

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You may notice among the thrilling features at right is a link to an old Betty Boop cartoon that features Cab Calloway singing “St. James Infirmary.” I knew for a long time that this cartoon existed, but have Andrew “Salty” Saltmarsh to thank for the link. Mr. Saltmarsh is the co-prioprietor of Ozprog.com, an Australian […]

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