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In Tune -- by Bill Fuller
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Mnemonic Sounds                              December 2008

Over the years certain songs have become unmistakably identified with a
particular band or musician. When you hear the tune you just automatically think
of that person. Or when you think of that person you think of a certain tune. In
many instances the tunes became “theme” songs – but not always. People usually
associate trumpeter Bunny Berigan with the tune “I Can’t Get Started,” or saxman
Charlie Barnet with “Cherokee,” or Tex Beneke with “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,”
or Cab Calloway with “Minnie the Moocher”, or Duke Ellington with “Take the
Now, of whom do you think when you hear:

SUGAR BLUES?  [it’s Clyde McCoy] –written in 1922 by Clarence Williams who is
purported to have written it with Joe “King” Oliver in mind because of Oliver’s
strange penchant for sandwiches made with French bread and sugar, dipped in
tea. Two years after Williams composed the tune, bandleader Clyde McCoy
started experimenting with a special arrangement of it for his band. At the same
time he was tinkering with mutes to get a special sound for the arrangement. The
result was the “wah-wah” mute.

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’?   [it’s Thomas “Fats”  Waller] – written by Waller with
Andy Razaf and a jug of gin in 1922. It is said that Waller wrote this tune in 45
minutes. The song was introduced by Louis Armstrong in the show “Hot
Chocolates.” It became Waller’s theme song.

HOT LIPS?  [ it’s Henry Busse] –written in 1922 by Henry Lange and Lou Davis
especially for trumpeter Henry Busse who played for ten years (1918-1928) with
the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Henry was featured on  Whiteman’s first recording
success, “Wang-Wang Blues” which he also wrote. “Hot Lips” became Busse’s
signature number and his theme.

SOUTH RAMPART   [it’s Bob Crosby’s Bobcats] – written in 1936 by Bob Haggart
STREET PARADE?     and Ray Bauduc. It was inspired by the parades of The
Bulls Aid and Pleasure Club of New Orleans whom Bauduc often heard marching
in front of the Times Picayune building.  Bauduc’s idea was notated on a
tablecloth in a New York hotel by Haggart after a gig. It was originally titled “Bull

Apex Blues?  [it’s Jimmy Noone] – and it was written by him in 1929, in honor of
the Apex Club in Chicago where he played from 1927 to its closing in 1928. His
band, the Apex Club Orchestra with Earl Hines on piano, recorded the tune in
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