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Tune Req: Aint What You Do

RunrigFan 11 Apr 15 - 12:37 AM
Megan L 11 Apr 15 - 02:50 PM
GUEST 12 Apr 15 - 12:11 PM
GUEST,leeneia 13 Apr 15 - 10:12 AM
MGM·Lion 14 Apr 15 - 01:01 AM
Doug Chadwick 14 Apr 15 - 04:15 AM
Doug Chadwick 14 Apr 15 - 05:15 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Aint What You Do
From: RunrigFan
Date: 11 Apr 15 - 12:37 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YfYQkZI4fs

I'm aware this is a cover but the tune sounds familiar, like a folk melody but could be me.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Aint What You Di
From: Megan L
Date: 11 Apr 15 - 02:50 PM

A jazz song first released in 1939 I remember dad had the Harry James orchestra playing it. I can't detect any folk tune in it but other than Scottish music dad didn't do much folk, his band played Scottish and big band stuff right through the war up till the late sixties. Sorry can't be more help.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Aint What You Di
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Apr 15 - 12:11 PM

Medley sounds same (not signed in)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Aint What You Di
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Apr 15 - 10:12 AM

I don't recognize it as a folk tune, but thanks for posting. It's a good tune.

The page you linked, Runrig Fan, led me to a version by Ella Fitzgerald. I'm struck by the differences between the present-day video and the old one. The video of the present day features unhealthy-looking young people looking creepy while being vaguely threatening.

The old one simply shows Ella's face, looking charming. I won't get started on the horrors that the people of 1939 were facing.

Makes one wonder, don't it?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Aint What You Di
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 01:01 AM

For the record, Wikipedia informs -

"T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)" is a song written by jazz musicians Melvin "Sy" Oliver and James "Trummy" Young. It was first recorded in 1939 by Jimmie Lunceford, Harry James, and Ella Fitzgerald

Odd that a typo in thread title should recall the late-lamented Princess of Wales.

Can't say I find the tune redolent of any particular folk air.

≈M≈


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Aint What You Do
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 04:15 AM

I'm struck by the differences between the present-day video and the old one.

The link isn't to a present-day video. The Fun Boys Three/Bananarama version was released more than 30 years ago and the video has that distinct '80s look. A present-day video would have scantily clad girls cavorting round and would be closer to soft porn.

DC


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Aint What You Do
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 05:15 AM

Also, the Ella Fitzgerald version is an audio track rather than a video and whoever uploaded it has chosen a, presumably, unrelated still photo to give the listener something to look at. It doesn't really reflect 1939 values.

DC


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Aint What You Do
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 09:25 AM

Show me 1939 advertising art with adolescents looking like corpses.


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