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 May 19, 2014
“Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won’t cure a cold”

"Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won’t cure a cold” is a jocular line that has been credited to American singer and actor Jerry Vale (1930-2014) since 1972, but he probably didn’t originate it. Earl Wilson’s syndicated newspaper column in November 1962 had, “WISH I’D SAID THAT: Of the many remedies that absolutely won’t cure a cold, whiskey is by far the most popular.” The syndicated newspaper cartoon “The Old Timer,” in January 1963, contained the caption, “Of the many remedies that won’t cure a cold whiskey is by far the most popular.” An Earl Wilson column in 1964 credited American comedian and singer George Kirby (1923-1995).

“Whiskey” is replaced with “advice” in some versions of the joke. “Four out of five doctors agree that among the many remedies that won’t cure a cold, advice is the most popular” was cited in print in October 1963.


23 November 1962, Delaware County (PA) Daily Times, Earl Wilson entertainment column, pg. 7, col. 2:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: Of the many remedies that absolutely won’t cure a cold, whiskey is by far the most popular.

3 January 1963, Akron (IA) Register-Tribune, “The Old Timer” (cartoon), pg. 8, col. 8:
“Of the many remedies that won’t cure a cold whiskey is by far the most popular.”

20 October 1963, The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, OR), TV sec., pg. 9, col. 3:
“Four out of five doctors agree that among the many remedies that won’t cure a cold, advice is the most popular.”—Changing Times.

13 August 1964, Aberdeen (SD) American-News, “Earl Wilson’s New York,” pg. 4, col. 5:
REMEMBERED QUOTE: “Of the many remedies that won’t cure a cold, whiskey is by far the most popular” (George Kirby).

23 January 1966, Boston (MA) Sunday Advertiser, Bert Bacharach column, pg. 3, col. 22:
Health Note: Of all the remedies that won’t cure a cold, whiskey is probably the most popular!

29 September 1968, Aberdeen (SD) American-News, “Earl Wilson’s New York,” pg. 4, col. 5:
EARL’S PEARLS: Of all the remedies that won’t cure a cold, by far the most popular is whiskey.

17 February 1972, Kingsport (TN) Times, “Daily Cryptoquote,”
Yesterday’s Cryptoquote: WHISKEY IS THE MOST POPULAR OF ALL THE REMEDIES THAT WON’T CURE A COLD.—JERRY VALE

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Among the most popular remedies that won’t cure a cold is advice.

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Among the many remedies that won’t cure a cold, the most common is advice. — Unknown
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Whiskey is the most popular of the remedies that won’t cure a cold.—Jerry Vale

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Andrew Sheridan
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I can relate to this quote from Jerry Vale..."whisky is by far the most popular of remedies that won’t cure a cold”
11:29 AM - 11 Aug 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
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