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Red Nichols - "Hot Lips" (1939)

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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2010

"Hot Lips"
(Henry Busse, Henry Lange, Lou Davis)
Performed by Red Nichols and His Orchestra
Recorded June 21, 1939

Personnel:
Red Nichols - trumpet, director
Don Stevens, J. Douglas Wood - trumpets
Martin Croy, Robert Gebhart - trombones
Harry Yolonsky, Ray Schultz - clarinet, alto sax
Bobby Jones, Billy Shepard - clarinet, tenor sax
Billy Maxted - piano
Tony Colucci - guitar
Jack Fay - string bass
Victor Engle- drums

"Hot Lips" was first published in 1922 and was presented as a "Blues Fox Trot Song." The song is about a trumpet player. The chorus is: He's got hot lips, when he plays jazz, He draws out step, like no one has, You're on your toes, and shake your shoes, Boy, how he goes, when he plays blues. I watch the crowd, until he's through, He can be proud, they're "cuckoo,' too; His music's rare, you must declare, The boy is there, with two hot lips.

The song has been recorded many times. The initial issue was by Paul Whiteman's orchestra of which Henry Busse was a member at the time.

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