[Dixielandjazz] Whiffenpoofs Revisited.

KenASlater at aol.com KenASlater at aol.com
Mon May 19 07:51:38 PDT 2003

Hi Chaps

Some time ago I posted a message asking for some info about the words and 
place names mentioned in the Whiffenpoof Song. The answers came back 
immediately - many thanks -and I now know far more than I did. 

At the time I had a Louis Armstrong 78 of this piece and now that I've 
cleaned it up and listened to it I've found that the words aren't the usual 
ones. It's a light-hearted (I think) dig at the bop fraternity which starts 
with something like:

'From the tables up at Birdland to the place where Dizzy dwells
In the beards and funny hats they love so well
All the boppers are assembled  and when they're really high
They constitute a weird personnel'.

The Louis Armstrong discography gives it a recording date of 19 March 1954. 
Were any of you older guys around then? Does anyone know if Louis himself 
wrote the words, and incidentally how Diz and the rest felt about it?



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