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Got the Rolly on My Arm and I’m Pouring Chandon: A History of Labels in Lyrics

It seems like you can’t turn on the radio, or more realistically open up your Pandora, without hearing some serious name-dropping in your favorite tunes.  But label-whoring in lyrics goes way back in the day before Kanye West was the Louis Vuitton Don and Gwen Stefani‘s Harajuku-mania. 


Eartha Kitt“Santa Baby” (1953)

Lyric: “Come and trim my Christmas tree/With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s.”

Written by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail