Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)

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"Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)" was a 1938 jazz song, originally written and performed by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart, and Bud Green. The song was originally called "Flat Foot Floozie", with "floy-floy" being slang for a venereal disease. The word "floozie" was changed to "floogie" to allow it to be played on the radio.[citation needed]

The best known versions are by Louis Armstrong and The Mills Brothers, recorded in New York City on June 10, 1938 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 1876;[1] and by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, which made the song a number one hit. That version was recorded in New York City on May 31, 1938 and released by Victor Records as catalog number 25871.[2]

"Flat Foot Floogie" was re-recorded by Gaillard in 1945 for Savoy Records, with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jack McVea. [3]

The song has been covered by musicians as diverse as Johnny and Jones (1938), Nina Hagen, Wingy Manone, Django Reinhardt, Count Basie, Fats Waller and Michael Jackson.

The title for the 1938 The Three Stooges film, Flat Foot Stooges, is a pun on the song's title.

The score of the song was included with the 1938 Westinghouse Time Capsule, along with the scores to only two other pieces: Finlandia by Jean Sibelius and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa.[4]

A version of the song was used in the 1993 film Swing Kids.[5]

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Notes

  1. ^ The Louis Armstrong Discography
  2. ^ Victor Records in the 25500 - 25900 series
  3. ^ Charlie Parker Sessionography, Allan J. Sutherland, 2003.
  4. ^ Pendray, George Edward. "The Story of the Westinghouse Time Capsule"/ 1938
  5. ^ Swing Kids (soundtrack)

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