Unsung lyrics, transcribed by doc
updated 17 September 2016
Below is a list of links to pages containing lyrics I’ve transcribed during the past five years (2010-2015), with assistance in couple of cases. The transcription of the 1928 version of “Hello Bluebird” by Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields reveals the intricacies of a unique and extraordinary duet version of a standard by this prominent vaudeville team, filmed live for a Vitaphone short. The remainder of the transcribed songs are less well-known, but each one drew and captured my interest for a variety of reasons, eventually compelling me to do my part in not allowing it be forgotten. For these others, in many cases I decided to transcribe the words because I was unable to find the lyric in online searches. In other cases (“Blue Butterfly,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “You Broke Our Hearts,” “Our Winter Love,” “Everydays,”*) I had found at least one transcription or copy of the lyric online before I took on the task of transcribing, but none with a degree of accuracy that I considered satisfactory.
“Unsung” in the title, means uncelebrated, unacclaimed, neglected, forgotten.
1926 — Hello Bluebird (Cliff Friend) — Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields Vitaphone short film version of 1928
1927 — Hot Feet (Wendell Hall)
1929 — Blue Butterfly (Johnny Tucker, Joe Schuster)
1929 — In the Land of Let’s Pretend (m. Harry Akst, w. Grant Clarke)
1929 — Does My Baby Love? (m. Milton Ager, w. Jack Yellen)
1930 — I’m in Training for You (m. Abel Baer, w. L. Wolfe Gilbert)
1934 — Love Thy Neighbor (m. Harry Revel, w. Mack Gordon)
1934 — Shoein’ the Mare (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg)
1936 — Weed Smoker’s Dream (Kansas Joe McCoy)
1941 — Jig in the Jungle (Jungle Jig) — songwriters unknown
1958 — You Broke Our Hearts (Johnnie Richardson)
c.1958-1961 — Early in the Morning (Quinton Claunch, Charles Feathers)
1961 — Come Home Soon (Intruders)
1962 — Our Winter Love (m. Johnny Cowell, w. Bob Tubert)
1962? — Who’s Got the Action (m. Burt Bacharach, w. Bob Hilliard)
1963 — Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me (Bobby Troup) – post
1966 — The Reason Why (Dale Hawkins, Jerry Strickland, Don Griffin) — recorded by the Dolls
1966 — Everydays (Stephen Stills)
1973 — Do You Know Where You’re Going To (m. Michael Masser, w. Gerry Goffin) — original lyric recorded by Thelma Houston in 1973
1973 — Always Friends (Jeri Dreifuss)
* “Our Winter Love” is a special case in which two of the three vocal versions that I am aware of appear to use partly garbled and incoherent versions of the original lyric, a set of circumstances which I’ve addressed and attempted to remedy. Lyrics available elsewhere online compound the problem by providing, for a couple of central lines, incorrect readings of the (wrong) words actually sung by the artists.
“Everydays” is another case in which problems with getting the lyric straight may have been a factor in its remaining in relative obscurity.