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Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight

Iona 02 May 12 - 04:07 PM
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Subject: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: Iona
Date: 02 May 12 - 04:07 PM

I'm looking for the tune and lyrics to "The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight" by Lem Giles. I believe this song was covered by Frank Luther and Vernon Dalhart (not sure about that last one). I'm also really hoping to find somewhere a recording of this song--if anybody knows where I could find one, I'd be grateful!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: GUEST,999
Date: 02 May 12 - 05:26 PM

The Choir Boy Sings All Alone Tonight is the correct title, I think.

There seems to have been some shenanigans regarding the song in that Nolan got cranky with Giles or Giles with Nolan, but I'm not sure what over because that reference was a Google snippet. I'm gonna go look around.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: GUEST,999
Date: 02 May 12 - 05:32 PM

"Bob Nolan approached Lem Giles, of the Beverly Hill Billies, to see if the two groups might exchange a few of their unpublished tunes. Such tunes could not be used on the air without the consent of the composer. Giles turned down each Nolan request. Finally, a frustrated Nolan informed Giles that if he didn't cooperate he would take one of Giles' most popular songs, The Little Choir Boy Sings All Alone Tonight, change one note every four bars and take credit for it. Out of that challenge came the beautiful Nolan tune, I Wonder if She Waits for Me Tonight. (Ken Griffis, JEMF Quarterly, Spring 1980 p 7) Unfortunately, no one has found "The Little Choir Boy Sings All Alone Tonight" for comparison."

that is from

http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/Special%20Features/Song%20of%20the%20Month/2009/I%20Wonder%20if%20She%20Waits%20(Feb)/I%20Wonder.htm


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: GUEST,999
Date: 02 May 12 - 05:39 PM

Copyright for the song is 1928.

http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/inharmony/detail.do?action=detail&fullItemID=/lilly/devincent/LL-SDV-105057&queryNumber=1


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: GUEST,999
Date: 02 May 12 - 05:49 PM

from Indiana University Sheet Music Collection

Title: Choir boy sings all alone tonight
Composer: Herbert, Jean
Composer: Maltin, Bernard
Composer: Raskin, William, 1896-1942
Arranger: Bibo, Irving
Publisher: Bibo, Bloedon & Lang, Inc.
Place of publication: New York
Date of publication: 1928
Call Number: M1 .D48 Box: 105 Item: 057
Performance Medium: Piano and Voice (with lyrics)
First Line: In a little church up on the hill, bells were ringing
Chorus First Line: Kneeling by the candlelight in his little robe of white,
Genre: Popular song
Subject term: Church/Angels/Prayer/Heaven


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: GUEST,999
Date: 02 May 12 - 07:15 PM

http://78.46.76.238/pix/20100116/160395432960.jpg

The flip side has the song you want, Iona. It was recorded by Vernon Dalhart. I have had no luck finding lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: Iona
Date: 02 May 12 - 10:19 PM

Thanks a bunch, Triple9! Actually the Nolan-Giles thing is why I'm looking for the song--I was talking with the lady from the bobnolan-sop site and we were wondering how to find a recording. I thought I'd look here. :D Thanks for the tip-off to the LP! That's a start!

Oh and the whole title wouldn't fit in the thread name space.......

Thanks! You ought to wear a cape, you come to my rescue so often. ;)

Iona


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: Iona
Date: 03 May 12 - 01:39 PM

**refreshing**

This is a 78, not an LP. I'm more concerned with finding the tune than I am with finding the lyrics.

Does anybody know someone who might have this?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: GUEST,999
Date: 03 May 12 - 01:46 PM

Iona, keep an eye on e-Bay. There are a few around but they all seem to be in the $50 department. It's a relatively rare recording.

Also, you might try a personal message to Jim Dixon. He is a whiz with regards to finding stuff.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: Iona
Date: 12 May 12 - 01:18 AM

Oh, thanks, Triple Nine! :) I shall do both. Thanks a million!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 May 12 - 12:00 AM

I was not able to find a recording that you can listen to or download online; however...

A recording is held by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?Ntt=a+choir+boy+sings+all+alone+to-night+%5Bsound+...&Ntk=Title&Nty=1&sugg=is

A recording is held by Stanford University:
http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/6684945


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: Iona
Date: 14 May 12 - 03:06 AM

Thank you! I just contacted both the sites, I hope they've got it. :) That's a super rare recording. Lots of references to it, but nobody's got the thing itself. Oh well.....that's the way it goes with me! Ha! Thanks again, y'all!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Little Choir Boy Sings Alone Tonight
From: Iona
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 02:01 AM

Case closed! I found the sheet music AND Vernon Dalhart's recording!
Click here


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