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Elvis song linked to Purple Gang

Dear Editor:
Elvis was very popular when I was growing up. His Jailhouse Rock was released in Oct. 1957,  when I was 8, and it was played frequently on our local station. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard it over the years. Some of its lyrics went by so quick, I didn’t get the words. With the passing of time, it faded as other things crowded in, and I didn’t pay much attention to it.
After moving to Clare County, we soon heard of its connection to the Purple Gang, as they had a hideout in Clare. But by then, what ever lyrics of Jailhouse Rock I ever knew were too far back in the dim archives to be recalled.
The Purple Gang originated in Detroit, and had ties to Al Capone, supplying him liquor and cutting into Joe Kennedy’s profits. They were a major force during the Prohibition.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Purple_Gang

Yesterday, I participated in the Relay for Life at Harrison. They had a PA system from which they made announcements, had live music, and in between, played canned music. Late in the afternoon, Jailhouse Rock came on. As I was going around the track, listening to the words, suddenly, there it was:
“The whole rhythm section was the purple gang.”
We have lived here over 30 years before finally making the connection.
Here are the lyrics and a link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpzV_0l5ILI (Preview)
The warden threw a party in the county jail.
The prison band was there and they began to wail.
The band was jumpin and the joint began to swing.
You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.
Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone,
Little Joe was blowin on the slide trombone.
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang,
The whole rhythm section was the purple gang.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.
Number forty-seven said to number three:
You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see.
I sure would be delighted with your company,
Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.
The sad sack was a sittin on a block of stone
Way over in the corner weepin all alone.
The warden said, hey, buddy, don’t you be no square.
If you can’t find a partner use a wooden chair.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.
Shifty Henry said to bugs, for heavens sake,
No ones lookin, now’s our chance to make a break.
Bugsy turned to shifty and he said, nix nix,
I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

Sam
Finally, brethren, The Nature of God Is:
whatsoever things are true, True
whatsoever things are honest, Honest
whatsoever things are just, Just
whatsoever things are pure, Pure
whatsoever things are lovely, Lovely
whatsoever things are of good report; Of Good Report
if there be any virtue, Virtuous
and if there be any praise, Praiseworthy
think on these things.
Valuable to Meditate upon
Philippians 4:8

Sam Weinke
Clare

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