The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

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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)

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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 arrangement), 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’

Blown by wind, kissed by snow

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Today I published the page

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

The new page is the second part of a series in which each part features a portion of the recordings listed in the page “Earth Angel” to “Good Timin’”: doc’s pick of 12/8 and 6/8 time songs, 1954-1978. See also part 1 of the series:

Songs and recordings included in the new page:

  • 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)
  • 1961Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Home Soon, Daddy’s Home, 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, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • 1963 – Anyone Who Had a Heart, Go Now, I’d Die, In My Room
  • links: selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 time (bottom of page)

For items in the list in which a specific recording of a song is indicated, in each case this marks the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. For all other songs in the list, the original recording is in 12/8 or 6/8 time time.

Tragedy (Gerald H. Nelson and Fred B. Burch)

The Fleetwoods — issued in March 1961 on the single Dolton No. 40, b/w “Little Miss Sad One” – The title of this post, “Blown by wind, kissed by snow,” is how that line is sung in the 1958 recording of “Tragedy” by Thomas Wayne with The DeLons, and in various covers. In the 1961 Fleetwoods recording, the line is “Blown by wind, kissed by the snow.”

Love is not a gadget, love is not a toy

Happy holidays, folks! Wishing each of you all the best this holiday season. May your days be full of cheer and joyous celebration, or quiet contemplation, as is your wont.

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

The page is an extension of the previously published page “Earth Angel” to “Good Timin'”: doc’s pick of  12/8 and 6/8 time songs, 1954-1978. The new page is focused on a portion of the period covered in the parent page, and includes a recording of each featured song or recording in this portion. For items in the selected list in which a specific recording of a song is indicated, in each case this marks the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. For all other songs in the list, the original recording is in 12/8 or 6/8 time.

songs and specific recordings included in the new page:

The plan is to eventually publish two more parts to cover the remaining years (1960-1978) of the original page, with each part to include about twenty recordings.

Whisper a little prayer for me, my baby

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The Shirelles at the Apollo, March 1963(?)

Hi folks! Published a little reference page today:

Earth Angel to Good Timin’: doc’s pick of 12/8 and 6/8 time* songs, 1954-1978

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The Heartbeats

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* selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 and 6/8 time:

counting time (video)

6/8 vs. 12/8 time

12/8 time, articles and forum threads

other

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