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Morning Song – Slim Jenkins’ Place

April 24, 2017

With Prohibition coming to an end, Slim Jenkins needed a new line of work, so he opened a little juke joint on 7th St. in Oakland, CA. Slim Jenkins’ Place rapidly became not just “West Oakland’s favorite nightspot“, but “the most celebrated Black nightclub on the West Coast“.

Stylish, elegant, sophisticated and integrated, Slim Jenkins’ Place featured everyone from Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan, to B. B. King and Louis Jordan, to the Inkspots and the Platters.

Slim Jenkins died in 1967, and if you think it’s a coincidence that Booker T. & the MGs led off side 2 of their 1967 album, Hip Hug-Her, with (the stylish, elegant, bluesy) “Slim Jenkins’ Place”, then…well…it doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning; it’s time to wake up.

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