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Origins: The Stuff Is Here Georgia White 1937

Arthur_itus 05 May 11 - 02:31 AM
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Subject: Origins: The Stuff Is Here Georgia White 1937
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 05 May 11 - 02:31 AM

Was just wondering if the lady herself wrote this song or somebody else.

Anybody got any idea?

Many thanks


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Stuff Is Here Georgia White 1937
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 05 May 11 - 04:39 PM

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Subject: RE: Origins: The Stuff Is Here Georgia White 1937
From: 12-stringer
Date: 06 May 11 - 03:54 AM

Several artists recorded the song prior to White. Eva Taylor did it for ARC in 1934, and Mills' Blue Rhythm Band cut an instrumental the same year. Cleo Brown's 1935 Decca recording gives the CC to Gene Krupa, according to the Internet 78RPM Discography. My mp3 doesn't contain any writer information.

I think this is the same song as done by Georgia White a few years later but don't have a copy of her recording on hand. (Mine is on the 1970s Stash vinyl.) The only verse of Brown I'm diligent enough to transcribe this evening is: "Everybody grab that glass/Cause the good stuff's 'bout to pass/Hey hey let's get gay/The stuff is here." There's another verse, plus a III-VI-ii-V break about the piano man on his stool, playing like nobody's fool, but my eyes are a little too bleary to essay typing them.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Stuff Is Here Georgia White 1937
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 06 May 11 - 04:52 AM

Thanks 12 stringer.

Here is the youtube version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNjRsO3mTBI

I have had great difficulty sourcing the origin.

The reason, I need to know is for MCPS fees in the UK for making a CD and one of the artist has recoded this song, but doesn't know the originator.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Stuff Is Here Georgia White 1937
From: 12-stringer
Date: 06 May 11 - 12:02 PM

Although the 78 RPM discography gives the CC as "Gene Krupa," this reference http://www.document-records.com/show_news.asp?articleID=372 (a Cleo Brown discography) names the writers as "Smith - Bishop - Williams" and credits MCA Music as the publisher. Brown's lyrics are the same as White's, so it is the right song.

See, further: http://songwritershalloffame.org/index.php/songs/detailed/C286/P60/ which identifies one of the writers as Clarence Williams. http://www.donaldclarkemusicbox.com/rise-and-fall/detail.php?c=9 also cites these composers, specifying "William Smith" as Willie "The Lion" Smith.

But cf http://books.google.com/books?id=gNF-jRkAzhgC&pg=PR4&lpg=PR4&dq=%22stuff+is+here%22+mca+music&source=bl&ots=_mIf_GdmmI&sig=RLdmr , a 1979 history of MJ in the USA, which acknowledges a 1934 copyright for "The Stuff is Here (Let's Get Gay)" and credits the writers as Alex Hill and J M Williams, publisher Northern Music. I don't know the "Reefer Madness" book and have no idea whether the lyrics quoted are the same as in the Brown and White recordings, though the "Let's Get Gay" (I'm so old I remember when the phrase did not have a sexual connotation) subtitle suggests that it is.

Perhaps it was written by Fats Waller and sold to both sets of claimants for the usual $50?


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Stuff Is Here Georgia White 1937
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 06 May 11 - 12:44 PM

Thanks 12-stringer

Oh for the days when you could say lets get gay and it mean't being happy.

I always think of Clifford T Wards song called Gaye, which I used to play all the time in my sports car. Wouldn't dream of doing that now :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJazTKgm_s8&feature=related


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