In 1969, right before I went off to art school, I heard this most peculiar spoken word & music recording exactly ONCE on ” FM underground radio” in Chicago. Didn’t catch the name or the artist.
Get to college & my room mate from NJ talks about this weird recording HE’D heard on New York FM radio about”Lily” with the lyrics “when I pulled her coat tails” followed by wild jazz solos. Same song I had heard. What I’ve remembered over the years was thinking the dance Lily did was the “zam-gamma-hootchie.” No one else knew what we were talking about.
Truth be told, if my roommate hadn’t heard it, I’d have decided I dreamed it all & forgotten about it.
Over the next 40+ years I’d occasionally ask friends if they’d ever heard of a record called “zam-gamma-hootchie.”
Invariably people would offer up a best guess of “Dr. John?”
This wasn’t something I wondered about a lot but I’d think about it from time to time.
Enter the 21st century. One night about a year ago I searched “pull her coattail” on YouTube.
Four decade mystery solved.
It’s amazing how much of this record I remembered from just one listen and note comparing with my room mate. It’s as good as the shard of memory I carried around for four decades.