But there was so much more that didn’t make it into the article. For example, the numerous tipsy little ditties that pay homage to the sweet-and-spiced whiskey-based libation. My favorite is Tex Ritter’s 1948 country music song, with these lyrics:
When there’s worry on your mind, here’s what you should try
Go to bed and rest your head and take some Rock and Rye.
It’s a light-hearted song accented by the clink of ice in glasses, and quickly deteriorates into slurring and hiccups. A word of warning: it’s awfully catchy. Listen more than once, and you’ll be singing this for days.
Here’s a playlist to enjoy while sipping your Rock & Rye.
Rock & Rye, Tex Ritter (yeah, that’s the late John Ritter’s dad)
Rock & Rye Rag, Al Dexter (track #9)