Hoagy Carmichael Hong Kong Blues

hongHong Kong Blues was written in 1939 by Hoagy Carmichael.The song is also known as Buddha’s Gong. The line “He took her down to Chinatown and he showed her how to kick the gong around” comes from the 1931 song Minnie The Moocher by Cab Calloway. The song was recorded by Hoagy Carmichael in 1939. It was released as the B-side to Mr. Music Master.

Hong Kong Blues was featured in the 1944 movie To Have And Have Not. George’s father, Harry Harrison owned a copy of this record and George first heard it as a four-year-old. The song was re-released in 1945 on an EP that also included Baltimore Oriole plus two songs by Josh White including his version of One Meatball. George covered Hong Kong Blues for his 1981 album Somewhere In England.

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