This is not a test; it is a real question brought on by my failing memory.

Who used the catch-phrase, “Good-Googa-Mama? (emphasis on “Good,” followed by a slight pause)” I’m thinking it was one of the black disk jockeys, broadcasting from a tiny 10-watt station in Philly that I was sometimes able to pull in late at night on my bedside RCA radio, in the darkness except for the glow of the radio dial, when all of the stronger stations were silent, but that’s as close as I can come. I’m thinking maybe “Jocko,” but his phrase was, “Ee-Iddly-Op. I am the Jock in Fil-Um-I-Delph-I-Yea-Ya.”

(All I can remember is Dave Hall repeating the phrase, “Good-Googa-Mama.” He was so into black culture, we still call him “Brother Dave.”  He has since changed his affiliation to Bob Dylan, and can—and will— repeat the words of many of his songs with the same dedication.)

Then we had Big Joe Turner singing, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” (Get into that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans). And he was big: 6’3″ and 400 pounds. Many others later recorded the song, including Elvis Presley, and you may be more familiar with their versions.

We sang about real life back then. Today, no girl would take orders to rattle those pots and pans, and no man would give such orders.

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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1 Response to Good-Googa-Mama

  1. David Hall says:

    I remember it as ‘Good Googa Mooga’. I think what I liked about R+B was the energy and vitality of it. Can you imagine Perry Como singing “Sixty Minute Man” or Frank Sinatra singing “Work With Me Annie” ? Lot of memories! Brother Dave

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