[Dixielandjazz] Re: 'Alice Blue Gown' in 4/4

Bill Haesler bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Wed Jun 22 03:03:59 PDT 2005

Dear Ivor,
You are right, I do have the Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings version
of 'Candy Lips' (25 Jan 1927) with the eight bars of 'Alice Blue Gown'
neatly inserted.
(I have the Robert Parker version on LP, but much prefer the John RT Davies'
remastered CD.)
The reason for the "ABG" 8-bar 'quote' before the last verse is revealed if
you listen to the original 16 Nov 1926 recording of "Candy Lips (I'm Stuck
on You)" by Eva Taylor, where she uses the words "I'd like to call you
Alice, in your pretty blue gown......" to open the verse. However, she
finally calls her 'candy lips'.....[because].....I'm stuck on you!
Here we have another example of a girl singing the man's part in a 'love
song', common in the early to mid 1920s.
Or do we?
Just kidding.  8>)
Clarence Williams' Washboard Four also recorded the song on 29 Jan 1927.
The one with the Clarence Williams, scat vocal. However, they do not use the
"Alice Blue Gown" 'quote'.
Kind regards,

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