Smilin’ Jack didn’t make any songs about beating South Carolina.
He did make songs about Shug Jordan, like “Win For Shug,” on the occasion of the stadium’s re-dedication as Jordan-Hare in 1975:
Tomorrow is James Ralph “Shug” Jordan’s 100th birthday.
Shug’s first conference win as a football player – sadly, it took almost two seasons – came in Auburn’s first game ever against South Carolina. That was in 1930. We played in Columbus. South Carolina was in the Southern Conference then. We won, 25-7. Shug was a junior. He played center. He sucked on sugar cane.
He was a man.
Just listen to him:
I’m sure it will be, Coach, I’m sure it will be. But last time we checked, we’re still Auburn, and they’re still South Carolina. Justin told me that the other day. I’ve been using it ever since. It’s true.
So let’s wish Shug a happy, happy birthday… let’s snap a hat around his venerable jowls, lets’ roll out the cake of conquest, let’s hope the trick candles of our nostalgia indeed never go out.
Let’s win for Auburn. And let’s win one for Shug – 1930-style: three yards and a mouth of blood. Let’s beat the hell out of the Gamecocks and the damn palmetto moon stickers they rode in on.
T-Pain, flip the lights…
Audio clips via.
Photo by B. Ashmore.
Beautiful. I remember getting an album — an actual LP — as a little kid in the mid ’70s with songs about Auburn football. I’m sure that must’ve been Smilin Jack’s work. I wish I had that record today. I recall one of the tunes was “Thanks for the Memories, Shug.” Thanks for the memories, TWER.
I know a lot about Auburn and it’s history, but that just blew me away! Wow..thanks so much for publishing that…it was AUsome!!
(wonder what he was saying to the Bahr….)
Dont know if its fact or fiction but I would like to think that mystery playhouse on wegl in the mid to late 90’s was the only time shug records got airplay. Since shug would be 100 should just score 100 points in his honor.
CD … a good friend of mine has a copy that I’ll see if I can borrow. I’ll try to upload it here in the next few weeks. It’s not Smilin’ Jack. Unfortunately, it kinda has a glee club/school chorus group sound to it. The best cut on the album is the “Punt Bama Punt” song. Part of the chorus goes something like, and I swear I’m not making this up, “Bama got a taste of Shug’s great pair.”
And audashdriver, this friend and another was a DJ for Mystery Playhouse at that time. It happened!