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I Had to Give Up Gym
The Hokum Boys
Feat. "Banjo" Ikey Robinson
On this classic side recorded in Chicago in 1929 "The Hokum Boys" are manifested in the rare
coupling of "Georgia" Tom Dorsey piano, and Ikey Robinson banjo-ukulele.
*"I Had to Give Up Gym" was composed by Thomas A. Dorsey.
Little Anna Bailum used to be very fond of gymnasium as a model student attending public school.
She "always abided by the teachers rules", but has since developed a problem of the double entendre kind.
It seems that juggling the full expectations of her curriculum has proven a bit much for Anna, and now the addition of Gym (or Jim) has become far too big a strain for her little body to handle.
This witty song has long been one of my all time favorites. "Georgia" Tom also record a variant as a duet with singer Thelma Holmes under the pseudonym Kansas City Kitty in late 1930.
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