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As a fad and cultural phenomenon, Hadacol inspired all kinds of artistic endeavors, from music to movies. Here's a look at a few instances of art imitating the life of Dudley J. LeBlanc:

• The Hadacol jingle was so catchy, and tonic so popular that many country and R&B songs were crafted around it, most notably "Hadacol Boogie." It originally was recorded by Bill Nettles and His Dixie Blue Boys, but Jerry Lee Lewis offers his own take on the classic in a duet with fellow Louisiana native Buddy Guy on his new album Last Man Standing.

Other music inspired by LeBlanc's mix includes "Hadacol Bounce" by Professor Longhair, "Drinkin' Hadacol" by Little Willie Littlefield, "Hadacol (That's All)" by the Treniers, "Everybody Loves That Hadacol" by Tiny Hill, "Valse de Hadacol" by Harry Choates and "Hadacol Corners" by Slim Willet.

• At least two bands have incorporated the elixir's moniker into their own names, both using the bottle's old label as inspiration for design on album covers and Web sites. The country band Big Iron changed its name to Hadacol during the '90s. More recently, the Canadian rockabilly outfit the Twilighters changed its name to the Hadacol Cowboys.

• The town of Midkiff, Texas, was known as Hadacol Corner in the '40s, and there was a push to keep the name in the early '50s. However, the United States Postal Service overruled the move because it already was a brand name.

• Last year, filmmaker Brent Green cultivated an underground following for his animated, 12-minute film called Hadacol Christmas. The plot outline says it all: "Santa Claus invents Christmas with a belly full of cough syrup and a head full of dying crows." -- Alford

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