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Thread #11034   Message #79842
Posted By: Ewan McVicar
19-May-99 - 12:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
Subject: Jazz Lyric '1 2 3 O'Lairy' - Count Basie 1940
I'm researching Scottish children's songs. One which only occurs very rarely outside Scotland is One two three aleary (many possible continuations to this recurring first line.)

I have one 1978 printed account of the song being collected from kids in the USA. But just now while reading Count Basie's autobiography, GOOD MORNING BLUES, I was dumbstruck to read p248"One [1940 recording] was a little novelty for Jimmy [Rushing] called One-Two-Three O'Lairy". An Internet Search for Count Basie sites did not produce a lyrics site. Can anyone help with lyrics, or a site for obscure jazz lyrics? It occurs to me I should also try a search for Jimmy Rushing.