I Used to Work in Chicago
DESCRIPTION: The singer works in a succession of stores, asking female customers their desires, mistakenly fulfilling them and getting fired.
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (recording, Three Bits of Rhythm)
KEYWORDS: bawdy humorous
FOUND IN: Australia Britain(England) US(Ro,SW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Cray, pp. 245-251, "I Used to Work in Chicago" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Pearl Trio [Larry Vincent], "I Used to Work in Chicago" (Pearl 53-A, 1947)
Three Bits of Rhythm, "I Used to Work in Chicago" (Modern Music MM118, 1946)
cf. "Haben Aboo an a Banner"
cf. "The Jolly Tradesmen"
cf. "My Husband's a Mason" (theme)
NOTES: Oscar Brand has claimed a copyright of some of the verses of this song current in oral tradition. - EC
Larry Vincent claimed to have written the basic song, and it certainly has his, er, style. But the Three Bits of Rhythm record predates his, and they claim authorship credit themselves. Who knows? -PJS
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