Written by Jesse Harris, this was the first song on Norah Jones’ debut album. It has been covered my many jazz artists. I have given it a smooth-jazz setting.
Domenico Modugno’s Italian language recording of this great tune spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958 and was Billboard’s number-one single for the year.
Just add water? This was originally a track on the Ventures 1962 album “Twist Party Vol 2”.
Just about everyone knows this song, which was a huge #1 hit for Petula Clark in 1964. It was originally intended by its composer, Tony Hatch, for the Drifters. If one imagines it just a bit slowed down, that makes sense.
I have reimagined it as a surf tune (surprise!).
Originally written as a love song by in the 1860s by Prince Leleiohoku, this tune got a completely different set of lyrics and went on to become a staple of the Big Band era. It was covered by countless artists and groups, including the Ventures. Check out versions on Youtube by Buddy Rich, Spike Jones, and Les Paul & Mary Ford.
Much as I love the Ventures, I found their version pretty unimaginative. I tried to juice things up a bit with mine.
This tune, as written and performed by Floyd Cramer, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot #100 in 1960. It is likely you recognized it. Or perhaps you think you’ve never heard him. Well, you have. He is the pianist on Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” and played on countless Nashville sessions. He is widely recognized as having “written the book” on country piano. There would be no Chuck Leavell without Floyd Cramer.
This tune was covered by many artists, including Duane Eddy and the Ventures.
My arrangement attempts to make the tune into a guitar number.