[Dixielandjazz] Any ideas about the origins of "Move the Body Over"?
djml at dickbaker.org
Sat Aug 3 20:41:35 PDT 2013
P. T. Stanton's Stone Age JB recorded this title for Stomp Off in
1975, with composer credit to good old "traditional." My only other
recordings of it are by English bands (also credited to "trad."), but
I just learned that it was recorded by George Lewis's New Orleans
Stompers in the 1950s, so maybe the British bands got it from Lewis.
Does anybody have any idea as to its derivation? While the title
makes it look like a spiritual, the clever, flirtatious lyric ("Move
the [your] body over so I can hold your hand") strikes me as a lyric
written by somebody currently known as "unknown" but whose identity
could be revealed with a little effort.
I've placed a copy of a version with vocal on my website at
(those are underscores between words in title)
Any ideas where this came from?
Working on an updated version of the Stomp Off Records Tune Titles
and Composers Index
See working draft at http://dickbaker.org/stompoff/index.pdf
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