heartsong '87 -  song notes


all the songs in this group are american 'classics', with the exception of 'funiculi, funicula', which comes to us from Italy;  but it has been familiar in the US since the late 19th century with an english lyric, so it is virtually our own.   the time frame of the other compositions covers approximately the first 7 decades of the 20th century,  ranging in scope from Tin Pan Alley in 1910 to mid-'60's rock.   i will do my best to give accurate authorship for each title,   however my impressions regarding the provenance of individual songs may be suspect, fanciful, or even downright wrong.  bear with me.  courtesy of google and wikipedia i may be better at this than if i were flying blind.  ah, the magic of the internet!

click any title to go to the lyric for that song

1)  abba daba honeymoon   -     Aba Daba Honeymoon. Words & Music by Arthur Fields & Walter Donovan Recorded by Debbie Reynolds, 1951 (#3) From the 1950 movie "Two Weeks In Love ...

Aba Daba Honeymoon is a popular song that was written and published by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan in 1914. Known through its chorus, "Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the chimpie to the monk; Baba daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the monkey to the chimp,"[1] the first recording of Aba Daba Honeymoon was made in 1914 by Collins & Harlan. 

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In 1964, American novelist Thomas Pynchon referred to the song in a 1964 letter to a friend as "the nadir of all American expression":

what's a nadir?  :-)

 2)  crazy rhythm  -      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Rhythm

"Crazy Rhythm" is a thirty-two-bar swing show tune written in 1928 by Irving Caesar, Joseph Meyer, and Roger Wolfe Kahn for the Broadway musical Here's Howe[1]. It has since become a jazz standard, inspiring at least 15 jazz albums named Crazy Rhythm, often with the song itself included.[2] This song is also featured in the Steve Martin movie: The JERK! The performing artist is unlisted in the credits.     

 3)  blue moon  -         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Moon_(song)

"Blue Moon" is a classic popular song. It was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934, and has become a standard ballad.                       

 4)  sweet georgia brown  -   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Georgia_Brown            

Sweet Georgia Brown" is a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics).

The tune was first recorded in 1926 by bandleader Ben Bernie, resulting in a five-week No. 1 for Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra.[1] As Bernie's then nationally famous orchestra featuring the number did much to popularize the number, Pinkard cut Bernie in for a share of the tune's royalties by giving him a co-writer credit to the song.[citation needed]

Today it is known by many as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

 5)  stompin' at the savoy  -      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stompin%27_at_the_Savoy

"Stompin' at the Savoy", is a 1934 jazz standard composed by Edgar Sampson. It is named after the Savoy Ballroom.

Although the song is credited to Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, and Edgar Sampson, and the lyrics by Andy Razaf, in reality the music was written and arranged for Chick Webb's band by Sampson, who was the band's alto saxophonist. It was recorded as an instrumental by both Webb and Benny Goodman, whose recording was the bigger hit. Lyrics were added by Andy Razaf, who wrote the lyrics to many popular songs. Goodman and Webb got their names added to the song when their bands recorded it.


 6)  why do fools fall in love  -       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Do_Fools_Fall_in_Love_(song)

"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a song that was originally a hit for early New York City-based rock and roll group Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers in 1956. It reached No. 1 on the R&B chart,[1] No. 6 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart,[citation needed] and number one on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The song was ranked #307 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song helped to make Frankie Lymon a household name and would make him a rock and roll pioneer, paving the way for later teen prodigies like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, whose careers also took off at the age of 13.

wonder what thomas pynchon  had to say about this one?  [the asshole]

 7)  in my room  -     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_My_Room

"In My Room" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher for the American pop band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1963 album Surfer Girl. It was also released as the B-side of the "Be True to Your School" single. The single peaked at number six in the U.S. A remake by Usher's own band, Sagittarius, peaked at number eighty-six in 1969.                         

 8) under the boardwalk  -         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_the_Boardwalk

"Under the Boardwalk" is a hit pop song written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick and recorded by The Drifters in 1964

The lyric describes a tryst between a man and his beloved in a seaside town (Coney Island, New York), who plan to privately meet "out of the sun" and out of sight from everyone else under a boardwalk. The instrumentation includes güiro, triangle and violins. The song's chorus is unusual in that it switches from a major to minor key.[1]   

In 2007 a cover of this song by The Rolling Stones (a 1965 #1 hit for the group in Australia)    

 9)  funiculli, funiculla         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funicul%C3%AC,_Funicul%C3%A0

"Funiculì, Funiculà" is a famous song written by Italian journalist Peppino Turco and set to music by Italian composer Luigi Denza in 1880. It was composed to commemorate the opening of the first funicular on Mount Vesuvius, which was destroyed by the eruption of 1944. It was sung for the first time in the Quisisana Hotel in Castellammare di Stabia and met with huge success. It was presented by Turco and Denza at the Piedigrotta festival during the same year. Edward Oxenford, an English songwriter and translator of libretti, published a version which became somewhat traditional in English-speaking countries.              

 10) april in paris  -     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_in_Paris_(song)

"April in Paris" is a song composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg in 1932 for the Broadway musical, Walk A Little Faster. It has been performed by many artists, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Sinatra, Mary Kaye Trio, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Alex Chilton, Tommy Dorsey, and Dawn Upshaw. The original 1933 hit was performed by Freddy Martin, the 1952 remake (inspired by the movie of the same name) was by the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, whose version made the Cashbox Top 50.

Basie's 1955 recording is the most famous, and that particular performance was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[2]. On this recording, trumpeter Thad Jones played his famous "Pop Goes the Weasel" solo, and Basie directs the band to play the end "one more time," then "one more once."

The song is featured in the film Blazing Saddles.