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Slim Gaillard’s “Matzo Balls”

In my relentless trawling of the Internet for nuggets of deli goodness, one of the best items I’ve come accross is a song from the 1930′s called “Matzo Balls”, sung by Slim Gaillard, a black jazz vocalist from the early half of the 20th century, who was known for whacky songs, boogie woogie beats, and his own style of vocalization.

Slim Gaillard

African Americans have the fiercest love of deli I’ve ever seen of any ethnic group. From the city of Detroit to the southside of Chicago and over to Katz’s in New York, Black America appreciates deli food with a passion that is equal to, and often greater than, Jews. This song was clearly a culmination of Gaillards love. It will stand forever as a unique testament to it, at least until Jay-Z decides to write “99 Problems But a Knish Ain’t One” on his next album.

Oh well, ah, matzo balls, gefilte fish,
bestest fish I ever ever had
Matzo balls and gefilte fish,
makes you order up an extra dish
Matzo balls and gefilte fish
really very very very fine
now you put a little horseradish on it and it knocks you right out…

Click Here to Download “Matzo Balls” by Slim Gaillard

Find the file on the right hand side and right click or command click to download it to your iTunes or desktop.

Rock this on your iPod, in your car, at the gym, and off the rooftops. It’s the song of the summer, and I’ll send some Savethedeli clothing to anyone who remixes it for me. Hell, I’ll buy you a sandwich.

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