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Nut Rocker

Nut Rocker” was an instrumental rock single recorded by  B. Bumble and the Stingers that reached number 23 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in March 1962.  It is based on of Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Toy Soldiers”, from his ballet The Nutcracker.

The first version released was by pianist H. B. Barnum, released by “Jack B. Nimble and the Quicks” on the small Del Rio label.

It was also performed live and recorded by prog-rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer, whose single was also released in 1972. In 2009, Trans-Siberian Orchestra released a version of “Nut Rocker”, featuring Greg Lake, on their album Night Castle.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows also recorded versions.

My arrangement is based on the original 1962 versions.

 

July 15, 2017 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, written by Charles Wesley. The popular version is the result of alterations by various hands, notably by Wesley’s co-worker George Whitefield who changed the opening couplet to the familiar one, and by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840.

My version is instrumental rock.

December 24, 2016 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

The Babe in Bethlehem’s Manger

 

“The Babe in Bethlehem’s Manger” is an anonymous English folk Christmas carol celebrating the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The writer of the carol is not known however the lyrics are traditionally ascribed as being a traditional folk hymn from the English county of Kent. The music probably dates from the 18th century.

My instrumental rock arrangement is in the style of the Shadows.

December 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Wassail Song

“The Wassail Song” (Here We Come A-wassailing) is an English traditional Christmas carol composed c. 1850. It refers to ‘wassailing’, or singing carols door to door, in hopes of partaking of the wassail bowl – a hearty combination of hot ale or beer, apples, spices and mead.

My arrangement is in a 1960’s instrumental guitar rock style.

December 22, 2016 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Carol of the Birds

“Carol of the Birds” is a traditional Catalan Christmas carol. I have arranged it in the instrumental style of the Shadows.

December 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Jolly Old St Nicolas

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” is a secular Christmas song that originated with a poem by Emily Huntington Miller (1833-1913), published as “Lilly’s Secret” in 1865.  The song is traditionally performed to a melody which James Lord Pierpont wrote in 1857 for the original version of “Jingle Bells”.

For a “B” section, I have used “The Boar’s Head Carol”, a 15th century English Christmas carol that describes the ancient tradition of sacrificing a boar and presenting its head at a Yuletide feast.

As usual, my instrumental arrangement is in 1960’s guitar-rock style.

December 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Fum Fun Fum

Fum, Fum, Fum is a traditional Catalan Christmas carol dating from the 16th or 17th century. The word “fum” means smoke in Catalan, so the title may refer to smoke rising from a chimney as seen from afar, or, as indicated in the New Oxford Book of Carols, “may imitate the strumming of a guitar”.

My title is *NOT* a typo; if you listen to my instrumental surf-rock arrangement, it will be evident why I chose this title.

December 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

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