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“Jeepers Creepers” by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer

You’re listening to “Jeepers Creepers” which is a well known jazz track with the music written by Harry Warren and the lyrics by Johnny Mercer. This is a track was originally written in 1938 for the movie “Going Places”. The song was originally sung by “Louis Armstrong” but it has beencovered by multiple artist. Themost popular versions of this jazz hit are by Louis Armstrong, Larry Clinton and Al Donahue. Although the song has an eerie vibe it is also supposed to be calming and relaxing.

The phrase Jeepers Creepers is slang for “Jesus Christ”. So back then someone would for instance stub their toe and say “Jeepers Creepers!” instead of Jesus Christ. Since its debut in 1938 “Jeepers Creepers has made an appearance in about 11 movies and short films, and has even been as recent as 2016 on an episode of family guy, proving how timeless it truly is.

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