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April 7, 2013 6:52 PM   Subscribe

The Hambone. It's not just for soup anymore.

Haiti Confidential - Juba

Doc Watson and David Holt

The Johnny Otis Show - Hand Jive

Steve Hickman and Matthew Olwell

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

Slapjazz Barber schools Sekani Thomas.
posted by timsteil (15 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

posted by Sys Rq at 7:06 PM on April 7, 2013

I've had the pleasure of being on St. Helena Island several times and helping prepare for the annual Gullah festival. One night after we had all eaten ourselves sick on awesome traditional food, a bunch of the volunteers got up and did the most amazing rhythmic percussion on themselves, and that was my intro to hambone. Remains one of my coolest memories from any of my Quaker youth retreats; it's so infectiously funky in person.
posted by WidgetAlley at 7:12 PM on April 7, 2013

The Georgia Sea Island Singers brought it to a music festival where I used to work. Awesome.
posted by Miko at 7:27 PM on April 7, 2013

holy moly that hee haw megamix from previously is something to see. tim + eric owe those guys a royalty check or two.
posted by notesondismantling at 7:31 PM on April 7, 2013

and it could save your life some day
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:40 PM on April 7, 2013 [3 favorites]

This is awesome!

As a kid, learning to properly hambone was a HUGE aspiration of mine. My dad would regularly do his best to demonstrate a solid hambone, but I never got it. I'm still wildly disappointed in myself for that.
posted by broadway bill at 10:23 PM on April 7, 2013

holy moly that hee haw megamix from previously is something to see. tim + eric owe those guys a royalty check or two.

Of course, that's hamboning together with eefing. The comparison to beatboxing is unavoidable. Maybe Biz Markie is the one who owes Riddle and Phelps a royalty?

Poor people can't afford instruments, but everyone needs to make music, etc., etc.
posted by mr_roboto at 11:49 PM on April 7, 2013

This once was called Pattin' Juba, popularized by one William Henry Lane in the days of Charles Dickens.
posted by y2karl at 12:41 AM on April 8, 2013

Although it mostly likely goes all the way back to West Africa, or so I would like to think.
posted by y2karl at 12:45 AM on April 8, 2013

This post is a thing of beauty!
And I'm sure them Talking Heads also found their groove while listening to the records above and to Hamilton Bohannon. Damn, you gotta love Bohannon if you like listening to this.
posted by ouke at 12:55 AM on April 8, 2013

posted by chavenet at 1:52 AM on April 8, 2013

Before both Bo Diddley and Willie and the Hand Jive came Hambone by Red Saunders with Dolores Hawkins & the Hambone Kids, which would seem to be the first recorded version, at least on a commercial disk.
posted by y2karl at 2:51 AM on April 8, 2013

I wanna see someone hambone for two bars, eef for two bars, do manualism for two bars, then... go get a double shot of Jim Beam, twice, in two bars.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:42 AM on April 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

What, no Mac Davis?

Beaker bonus round! *ding* *ding* *ding* *ding* *ding*!!
posted by petebest at 5:08 AM on April 8, 2013

If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though. It's Hambone. - Jack Handy
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:10 AM on April 8, 2013

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