[Dixielandjazz] Misspelled song titles

alevy at alevy.com alevy at alevy.com
Wed Jun 23 08:54:56 PDT 2010

Hi J. Ellis,
You wrote:
My favorite misspelled song title:  "Well, Git It"    (Tommy Dorsey)
Not misspelled at all.
As protege of one Mr. Sy Oliver, that's the way he said and spelled it.
He once corrected me when I said "Tain't what you do it's the way that you do it."
Sy: "Hey Al, it's way that cha do it."
Title is of course Tain't What You Do"
I studied with and worked for Sy 1949 thru 1954.
I bet if I asked you guys who wrote "Swanee River" you'd say Stephen Foster.
S.F. wrote "Old Folks At Home." Sy got a separate copyright for "Swanee River."
(side note) S. Foster never lived in the South and visited it only once.
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