4471Re: Take It From The Verse...
- Jul 12, 2007Hi David (and all) --
Thanks for the very interesting reply... yeah, it would make sense
that these are found mostly in 'pop' versions, since most/all of these
were pop songs to begin with, right?
in fact, the only time I've heard many of these verses are by pop
singers... for instance, China Boy was by Gene Austin - this didn't
include the verse.
Yes, Cab did a crazy "Some of These Days", but just the chorus, I
think... the first time I heard it with lyrics at all was a late Mills
I feel like I've heard Teagarden sing a verse (or was it a bridge?) to
Some of the 40's & 50's revivalists like Clancy Hayes are good for
verses (first time I heard the verse to "Ballin' the Jack": 'folks
down Georgia way, 'bout to go insane...' )
"Dinah" goes back to 1924, right? Pretty sure Fats didn't write it...
Just discovered the other day (via Ethel Waters' 1922 version) that
there's words to "That Da Da Strain"! Maybe, like the "Tonight Show"
theme, they came after the fact?
Anyway, it's fun to use these verses even in jazz versions, since it
makes the chorus' such a cool 'release' when you get to it... it also
makes the "done to death" (as James puts it) chestnuts a little more
interesting to play...
> Many records were made by bands (eg. California Ramblers) that usedNice - I guess I knew the structure intuitively, but nice to hear it
> orchestrations ("stock charts", "stocks") put out by the same
> publishers as the sheet music. The charts were written in sections:
> 1. melody played one or more times, often with vocal; 2. verse (no
> vocal) in a key higher than the melody. 3. in the same or higher key,
> a clarinet trio or something; 4. one or more out choruses. Usually
> the charts when played in full were longer than the 78s, so sections
> were omitted. To the uninitiated listener, the verse just sounds like
> a 16-bar interlude.
Thanks Sheik - I'm headed to your site.
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