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Origins: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'

puzzled 17 Mar 99 - 11:18 AM
Mike Billo 17 Mar 99 - 06:35 PM
18 Mar 99 - 01:13 AM
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GUEST,Old Timer 15 Jan 05 - 08:23 PM
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Jim Dixon 20 Jan 05 - 02:10 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: FAN IT
From: puzzled
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 11:18 AM

I found this song on a 78 record without a label. I'm guessing at the title. It is a western swing band performing on the record I have. It is done very much in the style of what was to become rockabilly albeit with pedal steel. Anyone know who wrote it and what western swing bands recorded it?

FAN IT

If this song's too hot, cool it if you can.
You better go out and get yourself a 5-stick fan
And fan it. (Fan it.) You've got to fan it. (Fan it.)
Won't you fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

Mama's in the kitchen. I heard the back door slam.
Come out of the kitchen, mama, and quit scorching that pan
And fan it. (Fan it.) You've got to fan it. (Fan it.)
Won't you fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

And fan it. (Fan it.) You've got to fan it. (Fan it.)
Won't you fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

I know I'm little and I'm kind of thin,
But I'm a mighty good daddy for the shape I'm in,
And fan it. (Fan it.) You've got to fan it. (Fan it.)
Won't you fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

Six months in jail, my face to the wall.
Fanning that thing was the cause of it all,
And fan it. (Fan it.) You've got to fan it. (Fan it.)
Won't you fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

If this song's too hot, cool it if you can.
You better go out and get yourself a 5-stick fan
And fan it. (Fan it.) You've got to fan it. (Fan it.)
Won't you fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: Mike Billo
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 06:35 PM

What you have there sure sounds like it could be the version recorded by Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies. I believe the original version is by the black vaudeville entertainer, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
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Date: 18 Mar 99 - 01:13 AM

Yuppers - jaxon recorded it in November 1928


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Subject: RE: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: puzzled
Date: 18 Mar 99 - 08:24 AM

thanks for the leads. I have not had much luck finding info online about Jaxon. Milton Brown has been much easier. I suspect that the recording I have is probably Milton Brown. I am going to do a library search to see if I can narrow it down. Do you think Jaxon wrote the tune?


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Subject: RE: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: GUEST,Old Timer
Date: 15 Jan 05 - 08:23 PM

When I was a little girl in the 30's the lyrics I remember were:
"If you think this song's too hot
Cool it if you can
Just go out and buy yourself a 5 cent fan
and fan it (fan it)
You gotta fan it and cool it
Baby till the cows come home."

It's been driving me crazy trying to remember who recorded it.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 16 Jan 05 - 05:51 PM

There's some info on Jaxon at Red Hot Jazz Archive - Jaxon. There's an entry for Fan It (but no sound file for that one), but Jaxon is credited as author.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 02:10 AM

allmusic lists 40 recordings of FAN IT and 2 more called FAN IT AND COOL IT.

Authorship is credited to Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, who was a blues artist. He recorded it in 1928. Other blues musicians who recorded it (or a somewhat different version): Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Lowery.

Jazz musicians who recorded it: Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (1931), Woody Herman and His Woodchoppers (1941), Ray Skjelbred.

Country or western swing artists who recorded it: Milton Brown and His Brownies (1936), Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1936), Bill Boyd and Cowboy Ramblers (1936), The Swift Jewel Cowboys (1939), and Hank the Cowhand.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Feb 06 - 08:11 PM

I have the answer for you:

I was written by "Jaxon" and recorded in Chicago on Sept. 30, 1936 by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

A previous respondent was correct in that it's a "5-cent fan" and not a "5-stick fan"

This song appears on CD in several Bob WIlls compilations -- the collection I have is a 4-CD album called "Take Me Back to Tulsa". It's been released by the "PROPER" CD company. You should be able to find this 4-CD set for $20 or $25. If you like this song, the style, the lyrics, you will like MANY of the songs offered.

There's also a HUGE 12-CD compilation and FAN IT is on that one too.   

Go to Amazon.com and look up BOB WILLS.

Sure hope this answers all your questions.

snartart@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: Severn
Date: 26 Feb 06 - 09:09 AM

Also, as for Western Swing versions, There's a 1936 version of it by Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers on his RCA Bluebird 2 LP set titled after the band (AXM2-5503)

The Lightnin' Hopkins version is on Smithsonian Folkways (CD SF 40019).


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: GUEST,Pokey LaFarge
Date: 10 Sep 13 - 12:14 PM

Here's a recent performance by Pokey LaFarge. Thanks to all the people that posted information about "Fan It".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CRoSufg5RuQ


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote and recorded 'Fan It'
From: PHJim
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 12:21 AM

I'm not sure where I got it, but I always include a verse that goes:

Mama's got a watch,
Papa's got the chain,
Sister's got an armful
From fanning that thing.
You've got to fan it...


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAN IT (Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 05:55 PM

FAN IT (Take A)
From "Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jackson Vol. 1 1926-1929" (Document Records, DOCD-5258, 2005)

[Spoken:] Hot stuff now! You got to keep it cool. Ah, yes.

Just met myself a good gal, and her name is Sue.
She says, "To keep me, honey, let me tell you what to do:
You've got to fan it; Lord, you got to fan it.
You got to fan it, cool it, honey, till the cows come home."

Mm, my baby's in the kitchen; just heard the back door slam.
Come on out o' that kitchen, honey; quit that scorchin' that ham
An' let's fan it, aw, let's fan it.
Got to fan it, cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

I loves my sugar baby cause she never balks.
When we start to struttin', mm, you can hear her squawk.
Ah, fan it, aw, fan it.
Got to fan it, cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

I did six months in jail with my back turned to the wall.
Fannin' that thing was the cause of it all.
I said I fanned it, I mean I fanned it.
I had to fan it, cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

Now I found myself a sweet woman, cookin' out o' town.
When I meet her, Lord, I turn the damper down
By fannin' it, I said fannin' it.
I got to fan it an' cool it till the cow comes home.

Uncle Ned's been fannin' it since the age of six.
He done fanned it so much, now I'm in an awful fix
By fannin' it, just by fannin' it.
Also, why, he fanned it and cooled it till the cows come home.

Got to cool it, got to boot it,
And let the good work go wrong.
Got to fan that thing till the cows come home.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAN IT (Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 06:31 PM

FAN IT (Take B)
From "Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jackson Vol. 1 1926-1929" (Document Records, DOCD-5258, 2005)

[Spoken:] Ah, run it to me an' crush me! Don't bruise me! Hot mama!

Now, if this song's too hot, cool it if you can.
Go out and buy yourself a five-cent fan
And fan it; oh, and fan it.
You got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

Just met myself a good gal, and her name is Sue.
She says, "To make me love you, honey, tell you what to do:
You've got to fan it; I mean, fan it.
You got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home."

I loves my sugar baby 'cause she never balks.
When she starts to struttin' her stuff, you can hear her squawk.
Ah, fan it, ..., fan it.
Why, he fanned it and cooled it, till the cows come home.

Now my mama's in the kitchen; just heard the back door slam.
Come on out o' that kitchen honey; quit that scorchin' that ham
And let's fan it; I want to fan it.
Aw, fan it an' cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

I did six months in jail, my back to the wall.
Fannin' that thing was the cause of it all.
Oh, I—, I mean I—.
I fanned it and cooled it, till the cows come home.

Uncle Ned's been fannin' it since the age of six.
He fanned it so much, he's in an awful fix.
From—, I mean—.
Why, he fanned it and cooled it till the cows come home.

If your good man steps out, stays from you all night long,
Make him fan it till he sings this song.
I mean, fan it; just fan it.
Make him fan it and cool it till the cows come home.

You got to boot it, cool it, let the good work go on.
Fan that thing till the cows come home.
I mean, fan it; I want you to fan it.
You got to fan it and cool it till the cows come home


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAN IT (Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 08:49 PM

This later version is done at a slower tempo, hence fewer words:

FAN IT
From "Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jackson, Vol. 2: 30 July 1929 to 20 July 1937" (Document Records, DOCD-5259, 2005)

If this song's too hot, cool it if you can.
Go out and buy yourself a five-cent fan
And fan it (Yeah!) Fan it (Yeah!) Fan it (Yeah!)
You got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

Just met myself a good gal, and her name was Sue.
She says, "To make me love you, honey, tell you what to do:
You got to—I mean—my, my—yeah, man.
You got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home."

[Spoken:] Ah, fan me now!—Yeah!—Yeah!

My mama's in the kitchen; just heard that back door slam.
Come on out o' that kitchen, honey; quit that scorchin' that ham
And let's fan it—fan it—fan it—fan it.
You've got to fan it an' cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

If your good man steps out and stays from you all night long,
Make him fan it till he sings this song.
I mean, fan it—fan it—fan it—fan it.
Make him fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

[Spoken:] Ah, talk to me now!—Yeah!—Yeah!—Yeah, man!—Mm-hm.

You got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAN IT BOOGIE WOOGIE (F Jaxon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 10:18 PM

In this version, he steps up the jive talk:

FAN IT BOOGIE WOOGIE
From "Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jackson, Vol. 3: 1937-1940" (Document Records, DOCD-5260, 2005)

If this song's too hot, cool it if you can.
Go out and buy yourself a five-cent fan
And fan it—fan it—fan it—fan it.
You got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

Just met myself a good gal, her name was Sue.
She says, "To make me love you, honey, tell you what you got to do:
You got to fan it—fan it—fan it.
You've got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home."

[Spoken:] Fan me then, daddy! [clarinet solo]

My mama's in the flat below, buggin' them bugs.
Come on upstairs here, honey; stop that cuttin' them rugs.
I want to fan it—fan it—fan it, please!
I'm gonna fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

Girls, if your main stripe steps out and stays from you all night long,
Make him jive his Jones or sing this song.
Make him fan it—fan it—aw, make him fan it, please.
If you know he can't fan it, something's gone on wrong.

[Spoken:] Jive me, fan. [piano solo]

You got to bip it and bop it and let the good word go on.
You got to boot it and cool it till the cows come home,
I mean fan it—fan it—yes, fan it.
You've got to fan it and cool it, honey, till the cows come home.

[Spoken:] Ah, talk to me—Lord, Lord—aw, that's too much mustard for one hotdog—fan it—fan it—looky here, boy; give me my nickel back.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAN IT (Lightnin' Hopkins)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 11:38 PM

You can count on Lightnin' Hopkins to put his own spin on somebody else's song.


FAN IT
As recorded by Lightnin' Hopkins.

You got to fan it. You got to fan it.
You got to fan it. You got to fan it.
You got to fan it to keep it cool till your baby come home.

Reason I said, you say you ain't doin' nothin' wrong.
Why don't you fan it, keep it cool till I get home.
You got to fan it. You got to fan it.
You got to fan it till your baby get home.

[Spoken:] Yes, you got to fan it.

If you don't fan it, you must be doin' somethin' wrong.
You got to fan it.

You know the old hen cackled and the rooster laid the egg.
They couldn't tell the difference when they both was in the shade.
You got to fan it. You got to fan it.
You got to fan it—yeah.

[Spoken:] Whoo! I ain't jiving.

Woke up this mornin' 'bout the break o' day,
Found a egg in that bed where I used to lay.
She had to fan it. She had to fan it.
She had to keep it cool till I come home.

[Spoken:] Sho' 'nuff – just fan it.

Yes, and keep it cool.

Mama looked out the door, said, "Where's papa goin'?"
She say, "You know, he done me a little bit wrong."
I say, "Why, mama?" She got to fan it. I got to fan it.
I got to fan it and keep it cool till John Henry come home.


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