[Ads-l] Joke: Does your orchestra ever play requests?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 6 21:32:52 UTC 2015

Barry found a great citation in 1922 for the "music request" joke. He
has now updated his entry on this topic:


[Begin excerpt]
28 May 1922, Salt Lake Telegram (Salt Lake City, UT), magazine sec.,
pg. 5, col. 7:
The discordant music rendered by the so-called orchestra had so upset
one of the diners that he called the restaurant manager and remarked:

“I note the paragraph on your menu wherein you state that the
orchestra will play anything on request. Can you prove the assertion?”

“Yes,” replied the manager. “Their repertoir is very extensive. What
do you wish them to play?”

“Tell ‘em to play pinochle until I have finished my meal, and I will
be very grateful.”—From Everybody’s Magazine for June.
[End excerpt]


On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 10:16 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yesterday Barry created an entry about a collection of jokes. One
> instance of the joke begins with the line: "Waiter, does the pianist
> play requests?"
> http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/waiter_does_the_pianist_play_requests/
> Barry presented citations beginning in1964. Below is a citation in
> 1948 and a citation with a slightly different phrasing in 1953
> (syndicated):
> Date: May 02, 1948
> Newspaper: The Seattle Sunday Times (Seattle Daily Times)
> Newspaper Location: Seattle, Washington
> Section: Pacific Parade Magazine
> (Untitled short humor item)
> Quote Page 12, Column 4
> Database: GenealogyBank
> [Begin excerpt]
> "Does your orchestra ever play requests?"
> "Certainly. What would you like to have us play."
> "Pinochle!"
> [End excerpt]
> Date: November 04, 1953
> Newspaper: Springfield Union
> Newspaper Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
> Quote Page 1, Column 3
> Database: GenealogyBank
> [Begin excerpt]
> Today's Chuckle
> "Does your orchestra ever play requests?"
> "Yes, what would you like them to play?"
> "Pinochle?"
> [End excerpt]
> Garson

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