On Campbells and camels

Donald M. Lance LanceDM at MISSOURI.EDU
Sat Aug 5 03:07:37 UTC 2000

And Colonel Sanners advertised his finger-lickin' chicken without a -g-.


>         I have had since the 1960s an LP by an itinerant black street singer
> named Pink Anderson, called, as I recall, Pink Anderson, Medicine
> Show Man.  (Pinkney Anderson, born February 12, 1900, in Laurens, S.
> C. -- this from The Encyclopedia of Popular Music.)  One of the songs
> on the record is "He's in the Jail House Now."  This contains a line:
>  "I have a friend named Camel, he used to drink and gamel. . . ."
> When I used to listen to this, I very acutely translated "gamel" into
> "gamble", but it was years before it occured to me that Pink's friend
> was (in my pronunciation) named Campbell.  (I don't recall what
> misadventure befell Camel in the song, but "he's in the jail house
> now".)

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