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Lyr Add: Body and Soul

Q (Frank Staplin) 11 Oct 09 - 05:30 PM
keberoxu 05 Dec 19 - 08:21 PM
keberoxu 05 Dec 19 - 08:32 PM
keberoxu 05 Dec 19 - 08:43 PM
keberoxu 05 Dec 19 - 09:26 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 06 Dec 19 - 10:28 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 05:30 PM

Lyr. Add: Body and Soul
John W. Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
"Three's a Crowd," Libby Holman, 1930

You're making me blue
All that you do
Seems unfair
You try not to hear
Turn a deaf ear
To my prayer.
It seems you don't want to see
What you are doing to me.
My arms are waiting to caress you
And to my heart they long to press you
Sweetheart.

My heart is sad and lonely
For you I sigh
For you, dear, only.
Why haven't you seen it?
I'm all for you,
Body and soul.

I spend my days in longing
And wondering why it's me you're wronging.
I tell you I mean it,
I'm all for you
Body and soul.

I cant believe it,
It's hard to conceive it
That you'd turn away romance.
Are you pretending?
It looks like the ending,
Unless I could have one more chance to prove, dear

My life's a wreck you're making
You know I'm yours just for the taking
I'd gladly surrender myself to you,
Body and soul.
[Repeat this verse]

*(My life's a hell you're making
You know I'm yours just for the taking
I'd gladly surrender myself to you
Body and soul.)

(Life's dreary for me
Days seem to be as long as years
I've looked for the sun
But can see none
Through my tears)

(Your heart must be like a stone
To leave me like this alone
When you could make my life worth living
By taking what I'm set on giving,
Sweetheart.)

My heart is sad and lonely
For you I cry
For you, dear, only.
I tell you I mean it
I'm all for you
Body and soul.

*( ) Verses used by Billie Holiday.

There may be some errors in the text, but I think it is close to correct. Lyrics definitely identified as those of Libby Holman not found.

First recorded by Paul Whiteman in the U. S. in 1930, it was Louis Armstrong, also in 1930, that brought it to the attention of jazz musicians. Johnny Green was only 22 when he wrote the music. Coleman Hawkins and his tenor saxophone made it a jazz standard.
There are some 3000 versions, according to a WICN, New England public radio article. In England, Jack Hylton and his Orchestra played it in 1930.

ASCAP Title Code 320073596, authors given are Green, Heyman and Sour.
Publishers and Administrators are Quartet Music, Range Road Music Inc, and W B Music Corporation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Dec 19 - 08:21 PM

Mudcatter Q has moved on to the alumni Mudcatters in Heaven.

And between his opening post and now,
Libby Holman's recording has been featured
in a YouTube video. From which it may be demonstrated:

Libby Holman sings those verses and choruses
marked in parenthesis in the OP --
that is to say, the same verses and choruses
later recorded by Billie Holiday.

But don't take my word for it -- listen for yourself.
"Body And Soul" sung by Libby Holman


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Dec 19 - 08:32 PM

Someone, anyone, is free to post the alternate lyrics.
Yes, there is another entire set of lyrics.
A story is related of lyricist Johnny Green
leaving one set of lyrics in a taxicab,
and on the shortest possible notice
having to write a second fresh lyric for the song.
Then the first set resurfaced somehow ...

the upshot is that
recordings exist of BOTH Johnny Green lyrics.
Here is the other set, recorded.
"Body and Soul" sung by Helen Morgan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Dec 19 - 08:43 PM

Sooner or later, Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone,
must be accounted for.
Of the many musicians who embraced "Body and Soul"
as a "standard" fit for the musical language and culture that is jazz,
Hawkins' instrumental version of the chorus of "Body and Soul"
is in a class by itself.
Not to say that others have not risen to the challenge of its artistry
(Sonny Rollins, for example),
but the Coleman Hawkins recording was genuinely popular
and has its own permanent place in the landscape.

Here it is.
"Body and Soul" tenor saxophone Coleman Hawkins


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Dec 19 - 09:26 PM

... you could see this coming,
couldn't you!


"Body And Soul": the Coleman Hawkins saxophone solo rendered as a vocalese with words -- and performance -- by Eddie Jefferson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 06 Dec 19 - 10:28 PM

... so, I looked around for something more substantial
about this business of a manuscript/lyric sheet
left in a taxicab.

What I have discovered is what looks like
a cross between a journalism report and a dissertation,
which confirms that
many contradictory reports exist about this
"Joe Clumsy left it in the taxicab" story.
The closer you look at it all,
the harder it is to sort out --
this song's history gets
really murky in places!

And I still don't know how to account for
"the alternate lyrics,"
as sung by Helen Morgan amongst others.

Another confirmation regarding
the lyrics in the OP.
Those lyrics begin with a verse,
then proceed to the chorus.
And that verse is indeed sung by
Elsie Carlisle, I believe she was English.


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Subject: Lyr Add: vocalese, Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 05:27 PM

VOCALESE LYRICS TO TENOR SAXOPHONE SOLO
words written by Eddie Jefferson
saxophone improvisation by Coleman Hawkins (studio date 1939)

based on
BODY AND SOUL
original lyrics by Heyman, Sour, and Eyton
original music by Johnny Green
see separate lyrics thread for the original words (1929 - 1930)

Don't you know, he is the King of Saxophones
Yes, indeed he is
Talking about the guy that
Made it sound so good
Some people know him by "The Bean"
But Hawkins is his name

He sure can swing, and play pretty, too
Sounds good to me
Should sound good to you
I love to hear him playing "Body and Soul"
Very -- pleasing --
to -- the -- ear
When I first heard it on the record
I just stopped right there
Sounded like a band of angels in the sky
And I have never, ever, heard a sweeter tone

In fact, I paid no attention to the saxophone
'Til Coleman Hawkins came along
And spoke to everyone
Saying, better listen
Won't you hear me while I play for you
Sometimes it's hot
Then again it's blue
My soul just seems to wander
Pleasing each and everyone is what I've long been craving for
The doors have not been always open
But I am trying to please you
Please, don't try to stop me
Hope you like it, folks
And then he started cookin'

Every time he played some melodic melody
Fast or slow
You can tell that it's Hawkins
No other one
Ever has quite captured his tone
Just he alone
Has the sound that penetrates
It will sure go right through you
Yes, it will
And every chorus
Gives you just another thrill

Dixieland or Jazz, it makes no difference
Everyone in Europe really digs him
In Germany, in gay Paree
It's "Ja!" and "Oui! oui!"
All his fans in Sweden love him
Place no one above him
Here in the USA
I hear them say
O Hawkins still the man
He's had his own band
Folks in all lands
Give him their hand
'Cause he's so grand
Yes sirree
And in New Zealand
Music lovers are still talking
About Coleman Hawkins
All around the world he is known

There can be no doubt about
His knowledge of the horn
He must have been born
To blow the tenor
'Cause the melody just flows everywhere
Flows right through the air
Oh yeah
And I've got to remind you
Twenty years it took him
Playing every day
To obtain his first claim to fame
He was twenty years ahead of his time
And he knew it
But he kept right on cookin'

He went all around the world
Making rhythm
'Cause music sure was in him
And he knew it was
Benny Goodman was King of Swing
Everybody loved to dance
Hawkins knew he had a chance
At playing the music
So he blew
And he blew, and he blew, and he blew
He blew his tenor
And he played it summer and winter

Then he cut his masterpiece
And now
I'm trying to sing it for you
Hope that I am getting through to everyone
There I go

I didn't mean to reminisce
YOu can surely bet
That I won't forget
'Cause I haven't yet

Good - Bye

under copyright, surely, don't know the publisher


And here is the recording of tap-dancer/vocalese lyricist
Eddie Jefferson
singing his own words with a backup band


    Threads combined. For the most part, we try to keep information on songs together, not split into separate threads. I could see no reason for a separate "vocalese" thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: vocalese, Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 05:30 PM

No presentation of the vocalese, lyrics and all, is complete
without
Coleman Hawkins' own wordless recording on tenor saxophone of
"Body and Soul"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: vocalese, Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 05:31 PM

Expletive Deleted --
the Coleman Hawkins link isn't right. Doesn't link to YouTube.

Never fear, I'll get a better link soon. Patience.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: vocalese, Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 05:38 PM

Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone with backup ensemble,
studio recording from 1939

"Body and Soul" instrumental


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: vocalese, Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 05:48 PM

You can skip this post
if it displeases you to see
a musical improvisation
flattened into a written transcription on ink and paper.
(As a video,
one page at a time is displayed while the video runs;
it takes five pages of music paper to contain
Coleman Hawkins' tenor saxophone solo melody.)

transcription, Coleman Hawkins solo, "Body and Soul"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: vocalese, Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 06:09 PM

... I'm having to redo and redo this thing ...

The Coleman Hawkins link that works
is to a YouTube file which cuts the recording short! Sorry!


This one should have the entire piece from beginning to end.

"Body and Soul" instrumental, Coleman Hawkins and ensemble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: vocalese, Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul
From: GUEST,LarryTheRadioGuy
Date: 07 Dec 19 - 08:25 PM

The Coleman Hawkins version was amazing. And so was Eddie Jefferson's vocalese. Listen to what Jefferson did to Eddie Harris' Freedom Jazz Dance.

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=freedom+jazz+dance+eddie+jefferson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: GUEST,Mind the Mess
Date: 08 Dec 19 - 07:31 PM

Manhattan Transfer took Jefferson's version a step farther: four-part harmony--and what smooth harmonies!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zox7C_RVC9o

As for the two versions, it appears there are at least three that date back to 1930, when the song was written. I have sheet music from that era where the lyrics are as Libby Holman sang them. But in 1930 both Annette Hanshaw and Ruth Etting recorded this song with substantially different lyrics (both in verse and chorus) from those of the Q and Holman versions.

Annette Hanshaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFs9btclFOw
Ruth Etting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_6s742bm-I

A record label for an Etting recording (also for a Louis Armstrong recording) credit only Green, Heyman and Sour, not Eyton. But, on Hanshaw's recording, the label credits all three lyricists.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 08 Dec 19 - 08:30 PM

Mind the Mess is correct --
and why are you not a member at Mudcat? You should join already.

It has been remarked -- by Robert Sour, if I recall right --
that Mr. Eyton got his name on the publishing regardless of the fact that Eyton did none of the work on the lyrics. I think Mr. Sour stated that Eyton worked the promotion end, getting the song circulated and finding a publisher and all.

And did you know that composer Johnny Green, as young as he was, worked closely -- as an accompanist -- with the legendary Gertrude Lawrence, and that he wanted her to have this song?
Ms. Lawrence did, in fact, act on "Body And Soul" -- when the publishing deal came together, she purchased a share in it!
And she was, it is said, the first to sing the song in England. For whatever reason, Ms. Lawrence chose not to record the song, and English singers jumped at the chance to do it themselves; the song became famous in England before it was known in the United States.

There is something star-crossed about "Body and Soul," it has the most tangled web of a history and provenance, and yet its reputation is tremendous.


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