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Creamy and CrunchyAn Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food$
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Jon Krampner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162333

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162333.001.0001

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The Music of Peanut Butter

The Music of Peanut Butter

(p.138) Eleven The Music of Peanut Butter
Creamy and Crunchy

Jon Krampner

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how songs about peanuts and peanut butter are woven into American pop culture. Examples of songs devoted to peanuts and peanut butter are “Goober Peas,” the melodic Civil War-era invocation of camaraderie among Confederate soldiers; Dizzy Gillespie's bebop- style “Salt Peanuts”; “The Peanut Vendor” (“El Manisero”), a Cuban song in the rumba style; “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,”; and “The Ballad of the Boll Weevil.” Most of the standards about peanuts predate World War II, while peanut butter songs appeared afterward. Perhaps the earliest peanut butter song is “Peanut Butter Blues” (1946), written by Peanuts Holland and recorded by Don Byas. The standard of peanut butter songs is the driving, rhythmic doo-wop classic “Peanut Butter” (1961), recorded by the Olympics. Then there's Jimmy Buffett's “Peanut Butter Conspiracy,” part of his album A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973). This chapter presents a discography of peanuts and peanut butter.

Keywords:   songs, peanuts, peanut butter, pop culture, Peanut Butter Blues, Jimmy Buffett, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, discography

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