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Tea Bag Romeo

May 3, 2009

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Here’s a weird single I found in a thrift store the other day by Rockabilly pioneer Marvin Rainwater and the Tomahawks.

The A-side was entitled Tennessee Houn’ Dog Yodel.

I bought it mainly because of the title of the B-side, Tea Bag Romeo. I thought it was timely due to the ill-named right wing tax revolt thing that’s going on. Wonder if John Waters has heard this one?
I wonder what the handle eludes to? I have heard more than one person speculate that it’s a kind of freeloader, as the song seems to point to.
I don’t know. What do you think?

Note – 2/19/12:
I did a little research and see that the intended target of this well-meaning satire song was Arthur Godfrey (of Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts), on whose show Marvin got his first big exposure. The song pokes fun at Godfrey’s many endorsement deals. Lipton Tea was the show’s biggest and most notable sponsor, hence Marvin bestowing his friend with the moniker Tea Bag Romeo.

For you completists or perhaps yodeling enthusiasts, here’s the A-side:


Download side one

Download side two

Technical note: the single was pretty beat, having been in a thriftstore with no sleeve for god knows how long and being over fifty years old. I did no sound reduction or other attempts at cleaning it up whatsoever.

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3 comments

  1. We were just wondering the same thing.


  2. I did a little research and see that the intended target of this well-meaning satire song was Arthur Godfrey (of Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts), on whose show Marvin got his first big exposure. The song pokes fun at Godfrey’s many endorsement deals. Lipton Tea was the show’s biggest and most notable sponsor, hence Marvin bestowing his friend with the moniker Tea Bag Romeo.


  3. […] had a knack for generosity: well aware of my obsession with yodels, he’d send yodel links such as “Tennessee Houn’ Dog Yodel” by Native-American singer Marvin Rainwater & His Tomahawks or cowboy Stompin’ Tom Connors’ […]



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