Snag it

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"Snag it"
Joseph Oliver, about 1915
Single by Joe "King" Oliver
from the album 'The Legendary King Oliver'
Recorded September, 1926
Genre Jazz
Length 3:12
Label Smith and Co.
Producer(s) Joe "King" Oliver

"Snag-it" is a song written by Joe "King" Oliver, as well as the name of various albums. King recorded the song with his Dixie Syncopators in Chicago for Vocalion/Brunswick on September 17, 1926.[1] Since then it has been covered by numerous others, notably classic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Terry Lightfoot, Bunk Johnson, and contemporary artists such as Jeff Healey among many others.

"Snag-it" is played using the unique classical jazz style that Oliver developed during his early career stints. One of the reasons "Snag-it" continues on from generation to generation is a tribute to the historical significance. Oliver was Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong's teacher at one time, and he said[2] Oliver was a pioneer for the evolution of jazz. Oliver is culturally significant as one of those who shaped the Creole sound of New Orleans jazz.[3]

"Snag-it" has been included in albums such as The Legendary King Oliver by Smith and Co., Snag It! by Humphrey Lyttelton, Snag It by Franz Jackson, What a Wonderful World by various artists, and Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography" by Louis Armstrong.


  1. ^ Anderson, Gene Henry, 2007, The Original Hot Five Recordings of Louis Armstrong, Pendragon Press, ISBN 1-57647-120-9, ISBN 978-1-57647-120-3, p. 106
  2. ^ Gary Giddins, 2001, Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong, Da Capo Press, ISBN 978-0-306-81013-8
  3. ^ Louis Armstrong, 1986, Satchmo, Da Capo Press, ISBN 978-0-306-80276-8