A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 18, 2015
“What do you call a musician without a girlfriend?"/"Homeless.”

"What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend? Homeless!” is a popular joke that has been printed on ecards. The joke has been cited in print since at least 1992 and has been told about other musicians and other professions.


Google Books
Jokebooks Frog Becomes the Pope
By Frog
Eugene, OR: Frog Prints
1992
Pg. 13:
What do you call a musician without a girlfriend? Homeless.

Google Groups: rec.music.classical
Musician jokes v2.0
boB
9/1/94
(...)
Q: What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?  A: Homeless.

Google Books
The Splendour Falls
By Erin Kelly
Clarkston, GA: White Wolf Pub.
1995
Pg. 211:
What do you call a musician who doesn’t have a girlfriend? — Homeless!

Google Books
When Is Enough, Enough?:
What You Can Do If You Never Feel Satisfied

By Laurie Ashner and Mitch Meyerson
Hazelden Foundation
1997
Pg. 50:
“It’s like that old joke: What’s a drummer without a girlfriend? Homeless.”

Guitar Tabs Explorer
Sent:  Thursday, December 11, 1997 9:28 PM
Title:  Mile End
Artist: Pulp (Written by Banks/Cocker/Mackey/Webber/Doyle/Seniour)
Source: Really nice song from Trainspotting soundtrack. Enjoy!
Transcribed by Dmitri Drozhko
(...)
What do you call a musician without a girlfriend?
Homelesssmile

Google Books
The Snowboarder’s Total Guide to Life:
A Handbook

By Bill Kerig
New York, NY: Villard Books
1998
Pg. 71:
What do you call a Snowboarder who’s just broken up with his girlfriend? Homeless.

Google Groups: alt.humor
Musical Humour - Percussion
Desiato
12/16/99
(...)
What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend? Homeless.

Google Groups: microsoft.public.games.zone.fighterace
Musician Jokes . . . .
352ndFG_Rex
11/14/00
What do you call a musician without a girlfriend?
.....Homeless.

Google Books
Miles Walker, You’re Dead
By Linda Jaivin
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press
2001
Pg. 134:
Clean Slate had popularized jokes like: “What do you call an artist without a girlfriend?” “Homeless.”

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Musician Jokes
G - P
2/3/01
(...)
What do you call a bass player without a girlfriend?
Homeless.

Democratic Underground
TheWizardOfMudd
Fri May-07-04 11:20 PM
Q: What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?
A: Homeless.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.
2012
Pg. ?:
What do you call a drummer who doesn’t have a girlfriend?
Homeless.

Google Books
A Prairie Home Companion
Pretty Good Joke Book
6th Edition

By Garrison Keillor
Prince Frederick, MD: HighBridge
2015
Pg. ?:
What do you call a guitarist without a girlfriend?
Homeless.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 • Permalink