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Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)

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"Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)" is a 1946 song with lyrics and music by Wilmoth Houdini, a Trinidad and Tobago musician who had moved to the United States. It was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five on Decca and later included in the Ella Fitzgerald album Ella and Her Fellas. The single was the first of five singles that Louis Jordan would take to the number-one spot on the R&B Juke Box chart.[1] The song also reached number seven on the U.S. pop chart.[2] The B-side of the single, "Petootie Pie," was also an R&B chart hit peaking at number three. This song received later fame in the 2010s with the 2011 release of L.A. Noire in which this song is featured.

Franklin Bruno argued in a piece in the Journal of Popular Music and Society that "Fitzgerald and Jordan's adoption of an exoticized West African accent, as well as their public personae, effectively produced a comic and ethnic “mask” from behind which the song's subject matter could be presented with relative frankness."[3]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 798. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 309. 
  3. ^ [Bruno, Franklin (February 2011). "'Stone Cold Dead in the Market': Domestic Violence and Americanized Calypso". Popular Music and Society. 34 (1): 7–21. doi:10.1080/03007766.2011.539807. 
Preceded by
"The Gypsy" by The Ink Spots
Billboard Most-Played Juke Box Race Records number-one single
July 20, 1946 - August 17, 1946
Succeeded by
"Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" by Louis Jordan and Tympany Five