[Dixielandjazz] RE: popular songs for OKOM

Dan Augustine ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Feb 10 15:32:45 PST 2004

Kurt and DJML--
     Figured others might be interested too.
     I don't have very many songs, as i essentially quit listening to 
popular music in the 1970's.  However, from time to time i'm in a bar 
or restaurant and the circumambient recorded schlock accidentally 
slips in a real song, and sometimes i think it might work for 
dixieland, and sometimes i write it down (if i can find out the 
title).  Steve Barbone said that his band plays a number of popular 
songs in dixieland style, but these are all i have:

1) "Last Blues Song" (Helen Reddy, _I Am Woman_)
         (well, there goes any credibility i might have had)
2) "Dixie Lullaby" (Leon Russell)
3) "Live & Learn" (Clint Black)
4) "You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes; seems like they have others also)
5) "Words of Love" (Mamas & The Papas)

     Now that i'm retired (it's been almost 10 days now), i'm thinking 
about playing through my popular LP's and cassettes from the 1950's 
on to see what other possibles might be lurking there.  What was that 
one with the lyrics about "flowers on the wall, watching Captain 
Kangaroo"?  That might work.  Hell, even some old Herb Alpert stuff 
might work.  (Wing would be a stretch, though...)

>Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 14:59:50 -0600
>From: "Kurt" <bowermastergroup at qwest.net>
>Subject: RE: [Dixielandjazz] Maria Muldaur songs for OKOM
>If it's not too much trouble, I'd be interested in seeing your list of
>popular songs that would make good dixieland.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
>[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com]On Behalf Of Dan
>Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 2:56 PM
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Maria Muldaur songs for OKOM
>      For a while now i've been writing down the names of popular songs
>i happen to hear that i think might make good dixieland (or at least
>OKOM) songs for a band to play.
>      Maria Muldaur seems to have a number of such possibles on the CD
>called "Maria Muldaur" (Reprise 2148-2, 1973):
>1) "Any Old Time"
>2) "My Tennessee Mountain Home"
>3) "The Work Song"
>4) "Don't You Make Me High (Don't You Feel My Leg)"
>5) "Vaudeville Man"
>      Sometimes while playing the recording i'll just get my tuba and
>play along with the song, without knowing the chords (but after a
>couple of times through, they're usually not a problem).  Fun.
>      Has anyone out there ever played these Maria Muldaur songs in
>their band? I mean, if we're talking about trying to connect with
>songs the audience already knows and likes, seems like this might be
>something to try, especially if you have a chick singer who can
>handle the song.  Does Wende Harston with Denver's Queen City Jazz
>Band ever sing "Don't You Feel My Leg"?  She'd bring down the house
>with it (which she does with some other similar songs).
>      Dan

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