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Rear View Mirror #7: Yellow Bird

“Yellow Bird” is a 19th century Haitian song composed as “Choucoune”  by Michel Mauléart Monton. It became known as “Yellow Bird” in the 1950s when it received English lyrics. However, its most popular recording was instrumental, by the Arthur Lymon Group. This group, led by a Vibes/Marimba player, took the song to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.

June 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Washington Square

“Washington Square” was a major hit in 1963 for a NYC based group called The Village Stompers. They somehow managed to combine folk and dixieland styles. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Despite their normal practice of promptly covering popular instrumentals, the Ventures didn’t get around to “Washington Square” until their 1987 album “Radical Guitars”.

My arrangement is nothing like the original nor the Ventures’ Disco-flavored version. It is interesting how readily it fit into the surf-rock style.

 

June 11, 2016 at 7:44 am Leave a comment


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