Snag it

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"Snag it"
Joe King Oliver.jpg
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.
Songwriter(s) Joe "King" Oliver
Producer(s) Joe "King" Oliver

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

"Snag-it" is typical of the jazz style that Oliver developed during his early career. "Snag-it" continues to be performed today, partly due to its historical significance. Oliver was Armstrong's teacher and mentor, the latter commenting[2] that Oliver was a pioneer in the evolution of jazz. Oliver is significant as one of those who shaped the Creole sound of New Orleans jazz.[3]

"Snag-it" appeared on the album of the same name by Franz Jackson, as well as on Armstrong's Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography.


  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