The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky


New page published today (Tuesday evening):

The new page is the third in my series of 12/8 and 6/8 time songs. As is the case throughout the series, the specific recording of a song selected is either the original recording, when it happens to be in 12/8 or 6/8 time, or the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. I haven’t yet decided whether to continue the series to part 4.

Those of you who’ve been following the series may note that I’ve changed the phrase “12/8 time songs” to “12/8 and 6/8 time songs” in the previously published pages. A couple of months after I published the first two pages, while reviewing them one day I found that quite a few of the recordings that I’d identified as being in 12/8 time now seemed to me to be in 6/8 time, and there were at least a couple that I was now uncertain about. After considering for awhile breaking up each of the three parts into two sections, one for 12/8 and one for 6/8, eventually I decided to just change all the page titles.

The full series, to date:


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What a Wonderful World (George David Weiss, Bob Thiele)

Louis Armstrong All Stars — taped on 2 July 1968 at Shepherds Bush Studios, London (BBC)

Louis Armstrong (vocal), Tyree Glenn (trombone), Joe Muranyi (clarinet), Marty Napoleon (piano), Buddy Catlett (bass), Danny Barcelona (drums)


12/8 and 6/8 time were so ubiquitous in songs and recordings of the late 50s and early 60s that I’ve no intention of trying to compile a comprehensive list. Below is my present list, which certainly may be added to from time to time.

12/8 and 6/8  time songs: part 1, 1954-1959 – “Earth Angel” to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”

12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 2, 1960-1963 – “At Last” to “Surfer Girl”

  • 1960 – At Last (Etta James version), Get Well Soon, P.S. I Love You (Starlets version), White Christmas (Statues version), You Belong to Me (Santo & Johnny version)
  • 1961 – Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Home Soon, Daddy’s Home, House of the Rising Sun (Bob Dylan version), I Love How You Love Me, A Moment Ago, My True Story, A Sunday Kind of Love (Mystics version), Till (Angels version), Tragedy (Fleetwoods version)
  • 1962 – Bring It On Home to Me, Cry Baby Cry, Don’t Make Me Over, The End of the World, Surfer Girl (demo), You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • 1963 – Anyone Who Had a Heart, Go Now, I’d Die, In My Room, Surfer Girl

12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 3, 1964-1978 – “The Warmth of the Sun” to “Good Timin’”

  • 1964 – The Warmth of the Sun
  • 1965 – Didn’t Want to Have to Do It, It’s Gonna Take a Miracle, Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers version), Yes, I’m Ready
  • 1967 – I’ve Gotta Be Me, What a Wonderful World
  • 1969 – Hot Fun in the Summertime
  • 1970 – Colour My World
  • 1973 – Sail On, Sailor
  • 1974 – Good Timin’ (unfinished version)
  • 1976 – Always and Forever
  • 1978 – Good Timin’

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Girish Trivedi
    Jul 07, 2020 @ 22:00:19

    What a wonderful world was the theme song for the movie Good Morning Vietnam starring Robin Williams.



    Liked by 1 person


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