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Unearthed: 1970s Bill Cosby on drugs and downers

Michael Walsh
·Reporter
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It appears Bill Cosby left breadcrumbs of his interest in downers scattered throughout his career.

Back in 1971, the once-beloved comedian recorded a Grammy Award-winning album for children called “Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs,” in which he warns them about the kinds of depressants he allegedly used to rape dozens of women.

On the opening track, “Introduction — Downers and Uppers,” Cosby explains how it feels to take downers and uppers.

“If we take a downer, it kind of makes us feel sleepy and we think we feel good,” Cosby says on the track, which ends with his clear-cut moral that everyone should “say no to pills.”

Last week, the New York Times uncovered a decade-old testimony in which the Cosby Show star claimed to keep Quaaludes on hand to give to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

In the testimony, the comedian said he kept seven different prescriptions for the drugs, which were popular in the 1970s club scene, and would give them to women “the same as a person would say, Have a drink.

The deposition had been locked away for years because the plaintiff, Andrea Constand, and Cosby settled out of court for an undisclosed settlement. 

On Tuesday, Cosby filed papers against Constand saying she breached their agreement of confidentiality.

“Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs” is not the only piece of Cosby ephemera to pique renewed interest in light of the sexual abuse allegations. 

A routine from his 1969 comedy album “It’s True! It’s True” centers on an aphrodisiac known as Spanish Fly. In 1991, he also joked about Spanish Fly on-air with Larry King.

“Spanish Fly was the thing that all boys from age 11 on up to death, we will still be searching for Spanish Fly.”