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Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song

Leadbelly 19 Aug 14 - 05:11 PM
pdq 19 Aug 14 - 05:40 PM
GUEST 19 Aug 14 - 06:28 PM
GUEST,leeneia 20 Aug 14 - 10:19 AM
Steve Gardham 20 Aug 14 - 11:41 AM
GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery. 21 Aug 14 - 04:29 AM
GUEST 21 Aug 14 - 06:28 AM
Jason Xion Wang 21 Aug 14 - 09:56 AM
Marje 21 Aug 14 - 10:36 AM
GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery. 21 Aug 14 - 11:09 AM
GUEST,Leadbelly 21 Aug 14 - 03:54 PM
GUEST 22 Aug 14 - 04:21 AM
GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery, 22 Aug 14 - 04:24 AM
Musket 22 Aug 14 - 06:51 AM
Cool Beans 22 Aug 14 - 09:51 AM
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Subject: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: Leadbelly
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 05:11 PM

Another proposal.

Which was the song (pop or folk) which few/fewest words?

One of my favourites is "Hoots mon" by Lord Rockinghams XI. Although talken.

Any other ideas?


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: pdq
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 05:40 PM

A tune from 1958 credited to The Champs had only one word: "Taquila"

The word is stated three times, so you can say the tune has only one word or three, depending on how you look at things.


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 06:28 PM

pdp,

I do suppose, you might be the winner of this poll.

But I'm not quite sure. Aren't there "Songs" with less than 6 letters in this "competition"?

And three times a shout of Tequila! I think that's too much for beeing resp. getting drunk.

Louis (or a member of the band) only shouted out once "Take that Thing". More letters but only once. Can't remember the item.

OK, let's go on.


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 20 Aug 14 - 10:19 AM

Yes, I think pdq has nailed it. A song with one word. Brilliant!


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 20 Aug 14 - 11:41 AM

How about Woody's song on Cheers?

'Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly etc......


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery.
Date: 21 Aug 14 - 04:29 AM

Not Louis, but Baby Dodds the drummer, shouted "Oh play that Thing" on King Joe Olivers recording of Dippermouth Blues !!


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Aug 14 - 06:28 AM

Henry,

thanks for this correction!

I do believe, that later on the title was switched into "Sugarfood Stomp" (Fletcher Henderson Orch. + Louis again). There have been follow-ups of this by Fletcher and another trumpeter.

That's all right?


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 21 Aug 14 - 09:56 AM

Would you consider Tom Paxton's Lament for a Lost Election a "folk song"?


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: Marje
Date: 21 Aug 14 - 10:36 AM

Interesting choice of song, Guest Mike, and sure enough it's quite short, but it doesn't seem to scan or rhyme very well. Is it traditional?

How about the football anthem, "Vindaloo" ?


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery.
Date: 21 Aug 14 - 11:09 AM

Guest (above)
As well as Baby Dodds, Eddie Condon, guitarist and "character" on some occasions was heard to use the Phrase " Oh where's that Gin" on occasions when his band played the number,
Eddie was famous for his witty asides many of them alcohol based, delivered as he introduced the soloists in his various bands, over the years.


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST,Leadbelly
Date: 21 Aug 14 - 03:54 PM

That's absolutely true, Henry!

He was a real good musician.

Especially in a number of recordings produced with singer Billy Banks. This was really swinging jazz. I think of "Who's sorry now" and others.


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 04:21 AM

Leadbelly,
I have to agree with you, the Billy Banks "Rythmakers" recordings have rarely been surpassed for sheer drive and vitality,
as a piece of useless but fascinating info, when Condon and his band toured Japan in, I believe the late '50s or early 60's Billy Banks who had lived in Japan for many years, came out of retirement and was brought up on stage as an old friend by Eddie, ...not sure if he was persuaded to sing or not, but by all accounts it was an emotional re-union.


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery,
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 04:24 AM

SORRY!
the two posts above were me, momentarily lost control of my fingers,!!! and accidentally pressed wrong buttons.
Henry


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: Musket
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 06:51 AM

One Step Beyond!


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Subject: RE: Few/fewest words in an pop-/folk song
From: Cool Beans
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 09:51 AM

"Batman" (Theme song from the TV show). One word, repeated.
Also, Glenn Miller's "PEnnsylvania 6-5000." A few words, but a single phone number.


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