Tox Tunes #63: I Didn’t Like It the First Time – Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends (1947)

October 1, 2012, 12:00 am

Julia Lee (1902-1958) was known for such double-entendre songs as “King Size Papa” and “My Man Stands Out”. This particular cut seems to involve infinite ententres — although the subtitle is “The Spinach Song” and it appears on the compilation album Weed: A Rare Batch, the song could really be about drugs, sex, or any number of other things.

Lee was raised in Kansas City. From 1920-1934, she played piano and sang in her brother George’s orchestra, which at one time included another K.C. native, Charlie Parker. Julia recorded for Capitol from 1944-1950, using such great backup jazz musicians as Benny Carter,  Red Norvo, and Red Nichols.

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