Daily Download: "Popeye the Sailor Man," Al Dollar and His Ten Cent Band

An early recording of the spinach-eating hero's theme.

Published February 8, 2007 8:01AM (EST)

A wretched movie and a legal squabble that made many of his classic cartoons unavailable may have put the kibosh on Popeye's present-day popularity, but the spinach-eating sailor was the bee's knees back in 1931 when this song was recorded. Aside from the goofy lyrics about Popeye and his "goyle Olive Oyl," the song benefits from a nicely swinging performance and a charming vocal performance from singer Billy Murray -- who was featured in this spot with a different track last week.

-- D.M.

By Salon Staff

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