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Songs about Cocktails and Drinking
Cherry Capri
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Posted: 2006-09-08 11:46 pm   Permalink

Aloha friends,

I am looking to put together a list of popular songs that involve cocktails, martinis, alcohol, drinking, and other such sinful activity.

I would like them to predate 1970 if possible. Let's just say that "Wasting Away in Margeritaville" won't work.

Please add anything else you can think of. Thank you in advance.

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Here is a small list I have already put together of ones I know:
Days of Wine and Roses
Tiny Bubbles
Tequila
Cocktails for Two
Rum and Coca-cola
One for My Baby
You Go To My Head
Cabaret
One Mint Julep

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These came up in a search, but I don't know them. Do you know them?
The Martini - Fred Astaire
Hot Toddy - Julie London
Moonlight Cocktail - Ames Brothers
Scotch & Soda - Kingston Trio
Absinthe - Duke Ellington
Champagne Taste - Eartha Kitt
Delicious - Jim Backus & Friend


Cheers!
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Cherry Capri
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Posted: 2006-09-08 11:49 pm   Permalink

oh and they can be instrumental - not necesarily lyricly driven songs - as long as they have to do with cocktails.
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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-09-09 12:03 am   Permalink

The 1963 album Cugi's Cocktails by Xavier Cugat has the following:

1. Cuba Libre
2. One Mint Julep (mentioned above)
3. Old-Fashioned
4. Daiquiri
5. Cocktails for Two (mentioned above)
6. Rum and Coca-Cola (mentioned above)
7. Cugi's Cocktail
8. Grasshopper
9. Blue Champagne
10. Zombie
11. Manhattan
12. Singapore Sling




 
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kooche
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From: Los Angeles CA
Posted: 2006-09-09 12:49 am   Permalink

That's Amore


(In Napoli where love is King)
(When boy meets girl)
(Here's what they say)

When the moon hits your eye
Like a big-a pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine
Like you've had too much wine
That's amore

Bells'll ring
Ting-a-ling-a-ling
Ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
Hearts'll play
Tippi-tippi-tay
Tippi-tippi-tay
Like a gay tarantella

When the stars make you drool
Joost-a like pasta fazool
That's amore
When you dance down the street
With a cloud at your feet, you're in love
When you walk in a dream
But you know you're not dreamin', signore
'Scusami, but you see
Back in old Napoli, that's amore

(When the moon hits your eye)
(Like a big-a pizza pie, that's amore)

That's amore

(When the world seems to shine
(Like you've had too much wine, that's amore)

That's amore

(Bells will ring)
(Ting-a-ling-a-ling)
(ting-a-ling-a-ling)
(And you'll sing "Vita bella")
(Vita bell-vita bella)
(Hearts will play)
(Tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay)
(Like a gay tarantella)

Lucky fella

When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool
That's amore (that's amore)
When you dance down the street
With a cloud at your feet, you're in love
When you walk in a dream
But you know you're not dreaming, signore
'Scusami, but you see
Back in old Napoli, that's amore


 
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pablus
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Posted: 2006-09-09 05:22 am   Permalink


Neptune TIki had some vintage tune last year at Hawaiian Inn that had this rich accented voice over Mantovani strings asking provocatively "Would you like some champagne?"

It was a hoot.

Aloha, Neptune - who was that guy?


 
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stuff-o-rama
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From: Central Coast of California
Posted: 2006-09-10 7:55 pm   Permalink

There's a great country western singer, Hank Thompson, that did a whole album of drinking songs. His big hit was "Six Pack to Go"

"I got time
for one more round
and a
six pack to go."

Here's a link to one of his albums

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/6738728/a/Six+Pack+To+Go.htm

You can listen to a few samples on the link. Most of his songs are about drinking beer, but he's got some other gems on this album as well. Check out "Hangover Tavern" and "Drunkard's Blues"


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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2006-09-11 05:14 am   Permalink

A few years I put together a compilation of fairly obscure drinking songs from my LP collection, and titled the collection 'Cocktail Seduction.' All of these songs predate 1970. Some of the tracks (6,7,9) are comedy sketches that involve bar scenes/drinking/ seduction, and the Gordon Jenkins tracks are also sketches, set in a boring/nightmarish cocktail party.

01. Rockin' and Drinkin' Music - Ray Harvey
02. The Drinking Man's Diet - Allan Sherman
03. Suck 'em Up - Don Ho
04. Tipsy #3 - The Chumps
05. Schlitz Beer - The Baker's Dozen
06. Sub-bourbon Living - Bea Benedict & Elvira Allman
07. Separate Bar Stools B - Benedict, M. Blanc, & K. Howard
08. A Barfly's Love Song - Robie Lester
09. Cocktail Piano - Mike Nichols & Elaine May
10. Only a Glass of Champagne - Gordon Whelan
11. The Fourth Dream - Part One - Gordon Jenkins
12. Everything's So Chic, It's a Bore - Cindy Lord
13. The Fourth Dream Part Two - Gordon Jenkins
14. Glasses and Ashes and Bottles and Cans - Jackie Cain & Roy Kral
15. The Ballad of Sad Young Men - Lindy Doherty
16. Angel Eyes - Frank Sinatra
17. When the Bars Close - Lindy Doherty
18. Last Call - Julia Lee
19. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Frank Sinatra
20. The Sixth Dream - Gordon Jenkins
21. Lee's Hoochie - Oscar Brand

Vern


 
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Cherry Capri
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Posted: 2006-09-12 6:42 pm   Permalink

Thanks Vern and everyone. This has helped alot. Now I'm thirsty...

Cheers!
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2006-09-12 7:01 pm   Permalink

The Jim Backus rendition of "Delicious" is a MUST! It's my A-#1 favorite midcentury silly elegant drunkenness song. Very nutty. Hanford has it, but I'm not sure where he got it.

Another favorite drinkin' song here in the Lemoore household is from the
CQ soundtrack, which coincidentally is the Product of the Day today. It's "Ce Soir Je Vais Boire" by Claude Francois, which I think translates to "Tonight I Will Drink." It absolutely the most rousing, I-must-hit-the-town-NOW! song, and we play it a LOT. The soundtrack is from 2001, but the song is from 1967.

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pappythesailor
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Posted: 2006-09-13 09:46 am   Permalink

'Martini Time' by the Reverend Horton Heat.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2006-09-13 09:54 am   Permalink

.."warm beer,cold women".....-by tom waits.

 
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pappythesailor
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Posted: 2006-09-13 10:35 am   Permalink

How could I forget?:
'Quiet Whiskey' by Wynonie Harris

If that doesn't get yer toes tappin' call the coroner.


 
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Tiki King
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Posted: 2006-09-27 11:08 am   Permalink

Well, we are not pre 1970, but we have a vintage sound...

Tiki King and the Idol pleasures

Shake it!
Bathtub gin
Drunk a thousand times
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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2006-09-27 11:23 am   Permalink

"God Loves a Drunk"
by Richard Thompson

(one of the most beautiful songs in history. if you've ever heard it you'd understand why)


Will there be any bartenders up there in heaven?
Will the pubs never close? Will the glass never drain?
No more DTs and no shakes and no horrors
The very next morning, you feel right as rain

'Cause God loves a drunk, lowest of men
Like the dogs in the street and the pigs in the pen
But a drunk's only trying to get free of his body
And soar like an eagle high up there in heaven
His shouts and his curses they are just hymns and praises
To kick-start his mind now and then
O God loves a drunk, come raise up your glasses, amen

Does God really care for your life in the suburbs?
Your dull little life full of dull little things
And bring up the babies to be just like daddy
And maybe I'll be there when he gives out the wings

But God loves a drunk, although he's a fool
Oh he wets in his pants and he falls off his stool
And he can't hear the insults, and whispers go by him
As he leans in the doorway and he sings sally racket
He can't feel the cold rain beat down on his body
And soak through his clothes to the skin
O God loves a drunk, come raise up your glasses, amen

Will there be any pen-pushers up there in heaven?
Does crawling and wage-slaving win you God's love?
I pity you worms with your semis and pensions
If you think that'll get you to the kingdom above

Oh God loves a drunk, although he's a clown
Oh you can't help but laugh as he gags and falls down
But he don't give a curse for what people think of him
He screams at his demons alone in the darkness
He's staying alive for just one more pint bottle
Won't you throw him a few pennies, friend?
Ah God loves a drunk, for ever and ever, amen

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Jungalero
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Posted: 2006-10-01 08:29 am   Permalink

I can think of a couple of Spike Jones songs (as well as "Cocktails For Two", mentioned above): "Clink, Clink, Another Drink" and the wonderful "I Haven't Been Home For Three Whole Nights", the latter being a cautionary tale/celebration of excessive imbibing:

"I haven't been home for three whole nights,
Last night, tonight and tomorrow"

Some others that come to mind are:

"What's The Use Of Getting Sober" - Louis Jordan
"Drinkin' By Myself" - Wynonie Harris
"Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" - Wynonie Harris (& others)
"Rhythm & Booze" - Corky Jones
"Booze Party" - Three Aces & A Joker
"Pink Champagne" - Joe Liggins
"Hittin' The Bottle" - Jimmie Lunceford
"Gin, Gin" - Le Trio Ferret

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