[Dixielandjazz] Re: "In the Mood"--lyrics?

Charles Suhor csuhor at zebra.net
Thu Jun 23 00:33:27 PDT 2005

Great stuff, Bill. If someone has asked and I missed it, pardon the 
query--what are the lyrics to ITM? I remember vaguely, "Mister 
Whatchacallit, Whatcha Doin' Tonight?" but that might have been a 
strange dream.

Charlie Suhor

On Jun 22, 2005, at 11:22 PM, Bill Haesler wrote:

> Dear Phil,
> Here are some chronological facts regarding the evolution of the “In 
> The
> Mood” riff, up to the 1939 Glenn Miller version, which may answer your
> question.
> Or were you just stirring the pot - again?    8>)
> 1.  “Tar Paper Stomp [Wingy’s stomp]” (Joe Manone).  Rec. Barbecue Joe 
> Hot
> Dogs. 28 Aug 1930.
> 2.  “Hot And Anxious” (Horace Henderson). Rec. Fletcher Henderson 
> Orch. 19
> March 1931. (The familiar ‘In the Mood’ riff is only used once.
> 3.  “There’s Rhythm In Harlem” (Joe Garland). Rec. Mills Blue Rhythm 
> Band. 9
> July 1935.
> 4.  “In The Mood” (arr. Joe Garland). Rec. Edgar Hayes Orch. 17 Feb 
> 1938. (I
> do not have this. Who gets composer credit? Does it expand on the
> now-familiar riff?)
> 5.  In June 1938 “In The Mood” was copyrighted by reedman/arranger Joe
> Garland.
> 6.  “Jumpy Nerves” (Manone-Dale). Wingy Manone Orch. 26 April 1939.
> (Pianist Jimmy Dale was a composer, ASCAP member and an arranger for 
> music
> publishers from 1929. On this version Wingy follows the 1930 “Tar Paper
> Stomp” pattern where the ‘In The Mood’ theme is stated twice. Maybe 
> Wingy
> was making a point by recording it again at this time. But why rename 
> it? In
> his autobiography (1948) Wingy wrote about his compositions and 
> included the
> comment: " 'Tar Paper Stomp' which was later 'In The Mood', and I got 
> robbed
> out of it."
> 7.  “In The Mood” was also played and broadcast by Gene Krupa (Nov 
> 1938) and
> Artie Shaw (several times in Dec 1938).  In 1974 George Simon wrote 
> that Joe
> Garland had originally given his arrangement to Artie Shaw but that 
> Artie
> could never record it because it was longer that the usual 3 minute 20
> seconds maximum for a 78 disc. I have one of the long Shaw broadcast
> versions on LP. Glenn Miller rearranged the tune by cutting out the 32 
> bar
> parts in Garland’s arrangement and concentrating on the 12 bar riff.)
> 8.  “In The Mood” (credit unknown) Van Alexander Swingtime Band. Aug 
> 1939.
> 9.  In July 1939, (according to Andy Razaf in 1992) at Glenn Miller’s
> invitation Razaf provided ‘lyrics’ to “In The Mood" which were the 
> basis for
> the ‘fills’ characteristic of Miller’s version.)
> 10.  “In The Mood” (Andy Razaf-Joe Garland). Rec. Glenn Miller Orch. 1 
> Aug
> 1939.
> It therefore seems that until Ed Garland’s arrangement, and his
> naming/copywriting of “In The Mood”, earlier recordings only stated the
> familiar riff briefly.
> There you are. As usual much more than you probably wanted.
> Wingy certainly set it in motion in 1930. Where he got the riff from 
> from we
> may never know. Probably from when he was a kid in New Orleans.
> Very kind regards,
> Bill.
> PS: If you think that was quicker than usual, it was.
> I had already compiled most of the above some time ago, in answer to a
> similar query on another list.
> Further to the above "In The Mood" thread, a local mate of mine, Mike
> Sutcliffe, drew my attention to a longish article by Tom Myrick in the
> Summer 1991 IAJRC Journal (which I had all the time!).
> Mr Myrick covers basically what I had summarised above.
> However, two additional items from his article may be of interest,
> * Andy Razaf's lyrics are on the published sheet music of "In The Mood"
> published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. [Does any DJMLer have them?]
> * On the Al Donahue orch version of "In The Mood" (recorded for 
> Vocalion on
> 8 Nov 1939 - 4 months after the first Miller outing) vocalist Paula 
> Kelly
> sings the Razaf lyrics on record for the first time. Although Ms Kelly 
> was
> to join Glenn Miller's orch in March 1941 neither she, nor anyone 
> else, got
> to sing on a Glenn Miller version of "In The Mood".
> Mr Myrick's IAJRC article also mentions that, in a 1972 interview by 
> George
> W Kay at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Wingy Manone says [in part], 
> "'Tar
> Paper Stomp" was my tune and I didn't copyright it. That was the 
> biggest
> mistake I ever made in my life. That tune was later developed into "In 
> The
> Mood". Glenn Miller got the credit and promised to pay me but he was 
> killed
> overseas in the war."
> Mr Myrick also quotes from Variety (4 Dec 1940):
> Joe Garland, also Wingy Manone, Collect In Settlement.
>   Mixup over the song "In The Mood" was settled last week when its 
> writer,
> Joe Garland, was paid approximately $3,500 in back royalties and Wingy
> Manone, Bandleader, received about $500 to settle his claim of 
> infringement.
> Garland is sax player and sub-leader of the Louis Armstrong Band. "In 
> The
> Mood", as recorded by Glenn Miller, is one of the records generally 
> credited
> with helping to shove that band to the top last year.
>   Argument and subsequent legal troubles came about when Manone filed a
> claim against Garland and the Lewis Music Co., claiming that "Mood"
> infringed on his "Tar Paper Stomp". Lewis transferred its rights to 
> the song
> to Shapiro-Bernstein supposedly because it wasn't in a position to 
> cope with
> Manone's claim. Transferring the rights, however, somehow confused the
> respective companies on how much was owed Garland in royalties on the 
> tune.
> He enlisted legal aid of Goldfarb,Mirenberg & Vallon to represent him.
> As I always say, the information is out there, if only you know where 
> to
> look.
> Regards,
> Bill.
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