But first, a little background information relevant to the creation of this euphonious monicker.
Some of you may be familiar with the book "Really the Blues", a very entertaining story (based on fact, if not entirely factual) of one Milton Messirow AKA "Mezz" Mezzrow.
Mezz was a very colorful (g) Jewish gentleman who played clarinette and alto saxophone with some of the finest black jazzmen in the "New Orleans" style. His skill as a horn player was nominal, but he had real, honest-to-God lowdown "feeling" in his playing, which more than made up for his deficiencies. Mezz was the first "black wannabe" and legend has it that on his draft card his race was listed as "Negro".
However, Mezz had interests beyond just playing great music. He was a very popular supplier (i.e. dope peddler) of high grade marijuana. Because of this he was an extremely popular fellow. He had Hispanic connections in Chicago who would mail him shoe boxes full of "the finest Golden Leaf" (Acapulco Gold) which he would roll into reefers and dispense on the streets of Harlem.
His customers included luminaries such as the virtuoso West Texas Trombone player Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong (who was a lifetime devotee of the Holy Herb). The quality and potency of his product was legendary. He became the "patron saint" of "vipers" (a term used by weed smokers to describe themselves, derived from the hissing sound made when inhaling the smoke deeply in order to obtain full euphorious effect) to the point where the term "mighty mezz" was coined to describe the highest quality smoking material.
When I first started my love affair with Mary Warner, I did extensive research on the subject. I discovered that a 1920s slang term for Cannabis was "muggles". As a matter of fact, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five (with Earl Hines on piano) recorded a lovely blues titled "Muggles".
In homage to Mezz, I created the name "Mugg Muggles" (much more codified and mysterious than "Reef Reefer"). I started to use this name sporadically when performing and eventually "became" Mugg Muggles to the world at large, leaving behind my true identity without even a glance backwards, and with not a single regret.
There you have it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.