One Mint Julep

by Bill King

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"One Mint Julep" is a rhythm and blues song written by Rudy Toombs that became a hit for the Clovers. It was recorded by Atlantic Records in New York City on December 19, 1951, and released in March 1952. It was one of the first "drinking songs" to become a hit and one of the first to feature a tenor sax solo.

It was an important step in the history of Ahmet Ertegün and Atlantic Records in its quest to become a hot rhythm and blues label. Stylistically the Clovers were moving away from the sentimental lyrics of the romantic doo-wop group songs and adapting a cooler group style, emphasizing rhythm more, nearing the style of a jump blues combo.
Toombs was hired by Atlantic to write humorous up-tempo rhythm and blues novelty songs. Atlantic wanted material that was true to life, but also funny. The humor in this song comes in part from the idea of a young black man getting drunk on mint juleps, thought of as an aristocratic southern white woman's drink.

This is a recording by first edition of Rhythm Express, arranged/produced/keyboards Bill King. This includes a sparkling rhythm section featuring Duncan Hopkins bass – Mark Kelso drums – Rob Piltch – guitar, Jorge Luis Torres percussion – Mike Murley tenor sax, William Sperandei trumpet and Rob Sommerville trombone – recorded at Inception Sound – Mike Haas engineer.

Hammond B3 Organ courtesy of Tim Notter and Orbit Room


released August 2, 2016
Written by Rudy Coombs - T.K. & P.G. Collins Publishing



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