"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 on March 19, 1925 by bandleader Ben Bernie, resulting in a five-week No. 1 for Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra. 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.
It is widely known as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
This is an excerpt from a traditional jazz concert performed by the Jordan Klapman Octet, featuring some of the world's finest musicians.
The full piece also has extensive baritone sax, banjo, drum and bass solos.
All proceeds from the CD of the concert http://tinyurl.com/JKCDemail (email link) are donated to the relief and support of the people of Haiti through the Presbyterian World Service and Development's Haitian Relief Fund.
• Julie Michels: vocals
• Jon Seiger: vocals & trumpet,
• Jordan Klapman: piano,
• Rob Somerville: trombone,
• Tom Skublics: clarinet/saxes,
• Jamie Macpherson: banjo,
• Jack Zorawski: bass,
• Glenn Anderson: drums
Recorded live at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Toronto. February 14, 2010
by Jason LaPrade/Crystal Clear Sound: Recording Engineer
Filmed in full High Definition by InspireInc
Additional Videography by Nihat Varol
Stills photography and additional HD video by Yuri Dojc
Main title design by Alan Evanson
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Of the many early recordings of the tune, the vocal version by Ethel Waters in the 1920s, and instrumental version by Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, are particularly notable. Ethel Waters also starred in "Cabin in the Sky," which contained a character named Georgia Brown.
Shortly after the song debuted in 1925, the California Ramblers recorded their own instrumental version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" as well.
Cab Calloway has recorded an abstracted version featuring mostly scat singing.
Ella Fitzgerald sang and recorded this song many times; a rendition can be found on her Verve release: Whisper Not.
The version used by the Globetrotters is a 1949 instrumental by Brother Bones and His Shadows, featuring whistling and bones by Brother Bones. It was adopted as the Globetrotters theme around 1950, and today is inextricably associated with the team.
A notable performance of this song was that of Anita O'Day at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, captured in Bert Stern's film Jazz on a Summer's Day.
Ray Charles - Dedicated to You 1961
The song was covered by The Beatles while working as a back-up band for singer Tony Sheridan. Two versions exist; the first was recorded on May 24, 1962 in Hamburg, Germany, using the original lyrics. The second (but the first version released) was released in 1964 during the wave of Beatlemania, with Sheridan having re-recorded the vocals with notably more tame lyrics featuring the added verse "in Liverpool she even dares / to criticise the Beatles' hair / with their whole fan-club standing there / oh Sweet Georgia Brown." Recently, bootleggers have utilized the two recordings to produce an instrumental featuring only the Beatles' instruments and backup vocals, entirely eliminating Sheridan. Roy Young played the piano.
Trini Lopez included a sing-a-long version on his Reprise Records album The Sing Along World of Trini Lopez (Reprise 6183).
Nancy Sinatra recorded the song for her 1966 studio album Sugar.
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version on his album There Must Be More To Love Than This.
The progressive rock band Gentle Giant covered the song on their live album Playing the Fool, released in 1977.
In the 1983 remake of To Be or Not to Be, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft do a version of the song in Polish.
On the Captain Beefheart bootleg album Captain Hook, an instrumental version, atypical of Beefheart's style.
The Count Basie Band recorded "Sweet Georgia Brown" on their Prime Time album in 1977.
Roberta Flack included a version in her 1994 Roberta album.
Dixie Carter once sang an inebriated version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" in an episode of Designing Women.
Guitarist John Lowery, better known as John 5 did a modern-bluegrass variation cover of Sweet Georgia Brown on his 2004 debut record, Vertigo.
In animated cartoons
The Simpsons has referenced "Sweet Georgia Brown" thrice:
"Homie the Clown"
"Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily"
and "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson"
Historical information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Ge...