To celebrate (?) the first day of legal pot in Canada I thought I’d delve into the world where “reefer madness” is traditionally thought to run rampant – no I don’t mean Ontario politics – I’m talking about the world of jazz and blues. And the first thing I came across was this little number from Murder at the Vanities a 1934 musical set backstage at Earl Carroll’s Vanities, a revue know for featuring the most “lightly clad” showgirls on Broadway. The movie was released just before the Hays Office began ridged enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code and the passing of the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. In a production number typical of Carroll’s shows Gertrude Michael tells us all about what Marahuana does for her.
Kitty Carlisle, who also appeared in the film, maintained that at time she had no idea what marijuana was. She thought it was a Mexican musical instrument.
Such is not the case with the next artist – Janis definitely knew what she was talking about in this early recording. What an incredible blues singer she was!
And that just two examples from a vast catalogue of numbers that sing the “praises” of Cannabaceae cannais sativa!
On this day in 1662: Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.