Friday Five: Ham and Egg

Ken Morton, Jr. | March 2nd, 2012

This Friday Five is dedicated in honor of our very own editor and the offices of Engine 145 this week. As was mentioned in this Wednesday’s news round-up, a technical difficulty due to a non-cooperating computer has kept us from having some of our regular content the last few days. It’s our hope that next week, we will be back in working order with some exciting interviews and song reviews.

As it was, between smart phones, a little bit of trial by error, social media and good old-fashioned-never-say-die initiative, the team was able to keep you rolling in content for the week. We ham and egged it. That brings us to this week’s Friday Five. We present to you, five songs either about ham or eggs.

 5. Johnny Cash – “Dirty Old Egg-Suckin’ Dog”

Imagine if this song came out today instead of 1966. It would be PETA’s worst nightmare with discussions of “stomping his dog’s head into the ground” and sending him off to the chicken coop in the sky with his rifle.

 

 4. Merle Haggard – “Big Butter and Egg Man”

Written in 1926 by Percy Venable and made famous by Louis Armstrong, Haggard recorded his own version on the 1985 album, Kern River. (For Haggard collectors, this album was released again on CD in 2008.)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzq_BCgEF2U

 3. Lonnie Donegan – “Ham N’ Eggs”

This Scotsman cut his teeth on American country western and jazz and then made it big on the British music scene with this 1957 number and many others. He’d eventually settle in Nashville and work with Charlie McCoy and The Jordanaires.

 

 2. Jelly Roll Morton – “Big Fat Ham”

Outside of Dr. Seuss and his green variety, the coolest cat associated with ham just could be Jelly Roll Morton and this sweet little instrumental number.

 

 Steel Magnolia – “Eggs Over Easy”

While this duo sadly broke up just a month or two ago, their little dedication to the most important meal of the day will live on forever.

 

  1. bob
    March 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Now that I’ve heard “Ham N’ Eggs”, I know of 2 Lonnie Donegan songs. The other, which I remember hearing on the radio as a kid, is “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight?)”

    Re other ham & eggs songs:

    Suzy Bogguss’s “Eat at Joe’s” begins:

    I go to work from 10:30 until 6 a.m
    Raking up those dimes and quarters
    Slinging eggs and ham
    Scrambled,poached or over easy
    Coffee black and strong

  2. Rick
    March 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    There was an obscure sister act in Dallas during the 1950’s named The Lovett Sisters who recorded a great little song titled “Bacon and Eggs”. The song can be found on the somewhat obscure compilation CD “The Girls of the Big D Jamboree”. Although the song is bouncy it borders on being a waitress murder ballad with the waitress being the perpetrator! (lol)

  3. Barry Mazor
    March 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve got that CD; it’s a good one.. (“Gals of the Big D Jamboree”, I think..) So few people know that both Lovett Sisters were Lyle’s mother.

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