[Ads-l] Jazz Girls, 1915?

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Oct 27 14:16:34 UTC 2015


According to Wikipedia, the Tango hit it big in the US and Europe in c. 1914, right about the time that jazz was taking off. So the idea of sexualized, ethnic music, one influence from African-Americans and another from Latin America, were both present in these early years. 



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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Ben Zimmer
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Subject: Re: Jazz Girls, 1915?

Thanks, Amy. I learned some fascinating bits of jazz/dance history when I was researching "heebie-jeebies" for a recent Lexicon Valley
episode:

http://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/how-did-we-get-the-heebie-jeebies/

My (admittedly anecdotal) impression is that the link between sex and new "hot" dance styles associated with jazz really hit the public consciousness with the Charleston, starting in 1923 and peaking a few years later (when the "heebie-jeebies" and other dances were also taking off). But of course the roots would go back way before that.

--bgz

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