In 1889, sheet music publisher H.J. Wehman of New York advertised a song called "Four 'eleven forty-four," possibly taken from the unsuccessful musical show 4-11-44
by Williams & Walker, of the same year. The phrase also appeared in a now-considered racist minstrel song by William A. Heelan & J. Fred Helf in 1900. In 1925 the phrase "Four-Eleven-Forty-Four" appeared in "The Penitentiary Bound Blues" by Rosa Henderson and the Choo Choo Jazzers, and Papa Charlie Jackson recorded a Blues number of the same name in 1926. The blues theme continued when Pinetop & Lindberg (aka The Sparks Brothers) released another song called "4-11-44" in the 1930s and a Jazz number of the same name was released by Poindexter & Erwin on Prestige records in 1963. An LA band called The Blasters made "4-11-44" the title track of their 2004 album, while Jawbone released yet another track called "4-11-44" in 2005. Like most of the earlier songs, but unlike Wylie's, these tracks had an anti-gambling theme. More recently, this lucky number and sign of good fortune has appeared in online dictionaries as slang for a large male appendage.
Stu - Fife, Scotland, for above 2