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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000556.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <>
Subj: [kl] Sing Sing Sing
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 23:54:42 -0400

"Sing Sing Sing" was originally by Louis Prima.

The famous recording was actually a combination of the Prima riffs with a
now little known tune recorded by Benny Goodman (among others) called
"Christopher Columbus" (attributed to one Leon Berry, more famously known
as the tenor saxophonist Chu Berry).


At 10:22 PM 10/20/2004 -0500, Bill Hausmann wrote:
>At 07:46 AM 10/20/2004 -0700, Ormondtoby Montoya wrote:
>>... "Sing Sing Sing"
>>is certainly an example of re-casting an ancient tune into modern style,
>>and it still appeals....
>Ancient tune? To the best of my knowledge, it was a Jimmy Mundy
>original. On the other hand, many of my favorite swing arrangements are
>re-castings of classical themes. However, I like them for the fresh
>approach they bring TO the originals. If I was not already familiar with
>the originals, I would not appreciate them as much. Back when these swing
>pieces were performed, most people WERE familiar with the original themes
>from the radio, town band concerts, etc.

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