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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000558.txt from 2004/10

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Sing Sing Sing
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 07:07:45 -0400

At 11:48 PM 10/20/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>"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).
> -Adam

I stand corrected. But it was Mundy's arrangement of the tune for Goodman,
with the quote from "Christopher Columbus," that achieved fame. They did
not think much of it after first running through it in rehearsal, until
Krupa continued the ostinato drum riff and they started taking solos. It
then grew into a signature piece, generally played at the climax of the

Bill Hausmann

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