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Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz (King Oliver)

angel 13 Mar 00 - 09:36 AM
Amos 13 Mar 00 - 09:59 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 13 Mar 00 - 10:08 AM
Amos 13 Mar 00 - 10:10 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 13 Mar 00 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Marshall 20 Nov 07 - 12:01 PM
Leadbelly 20 Nov 07 - 12:42 PM
The Sandman 20 Nov 07 - 12:45 PM
Leadbelly 20 Nov 07 - 01:02 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 20 Nov 07 - 01:05 PM
GUEST,Captain Colin. 20 Nov 07 - 01:07 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 20 Nov 07 - 01:37 PM
Leadbelly 20 Nov 07 - 01:54 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 20 Nov 07 - 03:52 PM
greg stephens 20 Nov 07 - 04:10 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 20 Nov 07 - 05:22 PM
GUEST,TJ in San Diego 20 Nov 07 - 05:31 PM
GUEST,BigNed 01 Jul 11 - 05:34 AM
Richard Bridge 26 Feb 12 - 05:49 AM
GUEST 10 Aug 12 - 09:17 PM
GUEST,Messihippi 21 Jul 14 - 09:30 AM
GUEST,Guest 25 Sep 14 - 12:48 PM
Jim Dixon 28 Sep 14 - 01:10 AM
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Subject: Doctor Jazz
From: angel
Date: 13 Mar 00 - 09:36 AM

Does anyone know the lyrics to 'Doctor Jazz'?

Thanks, Angel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 00 - 09:59 AM

I remember this much:

Hello, Central, get me Doctor Jazz
He's got just what I want, I know he has,
Hey, there, Central, get me Doctor Jazz..

But none of the lyrics...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 13 Mar 00 - 10:08 AM

Roger the S., at work, from memory:

Hello Central get me Dr Jazz
He's got what I need I'll say he has
When I'm feeling low
And I've got the blues
He's the one that makes me put on
Both my dancing shoes

The more I gets the more I want it seems
I figure Dr Jazz in all my dreams
When I'm trouble-bound and mixed
He's the one that gets me fixed
Hello Central get me Dr jazz


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 00 - 10:10 AM

Way to go, RtS!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 13 Mar 00 - 10:35 AM

One variant, sung by George Melly is:
Who put the benzedrine
in Mrs Melly's Ovaltine
Hello Central...
RtS
(Footnote:benzedrine was a popular recreational drug in the UK after the Second World War, often obtained from breaking open nasal inhalers used to keep people =awake at jazz clubs after a hard day at work. Ovaltine was a popular hot milk-based drink alleged to promote a good night's sleep. Not that I ever indulged in either , you understand)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: GUEST,Marshall
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 12:01 PM

I've scoured the internet for the chords to Dr.Jazz to no avail. In the end I worked on it myself but am at a loss as to the correct chord for the chord that comes in on "dreams" in V2. I'm playing in the key of C. There is also an intro which is note featured in the lyrics posted here. Any offers for either of these enquiries?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Leadbelly
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 12:42 PM

Hi Roger,

Joe Oliver wrote this song.
Jelly Roll Morton's version has some modifications to the lyrics you sent. One example: instead of (first line) ...get me.. he sang ...give me..,

Manfred


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 12:45 PM

HARRY SCURFIELD Plays it on the Anglo Concertina,on Boxing Clever,available from my web site or the button box.DickMiles


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOCTOR JAZZ (Melrose/Oliver)
From: Leadbelly
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 01:02 PM

Here are the original lyrics ( source: www.ml.islandnet.com/):

> VERSE: Everybody gets the blues now and then,
>    and don't know what to do.
> I've had it happen many, many times to me
>    and so have you.
> But those days have gone and passed.
> I found out what to do at last.
> When I feel all in, down and out,
> You will hear me shout:
>
> CHORUS: Oh, hello, Central; give me Doctor Jazz.
> He's got just what I need; I'll say he has.
> When the world goes wrong, and I got the blues,
> He's the man who makes me get out both my dancing shoes.
> The more I get, the more I want, it seems.
> I page old Doctor Jazz in all my dreams.
> When I'm trouble-bound and mixed,
> He's the guy that gets me fixed.
> Hello, Central; give me Doctor Jazz.
>
> Circa 1927
> Lyric by Walter Melrose, Music by Joseph "King" Oliver


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 01:05 PM

Here's the words with chords for verse and tune: Doctor Jazz

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: GUEST,Captain Colin.
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 01:07 PM

Try an E major chord on "dreams" Marshall.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 01:37 PM

As well as the line quoted above by RtS, George Melly also used this line instead of the usual penultimate line:

Who put the LSD in Mrs Melly's morning tea.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Leadbelly
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 01:54 PM

Jelly Roll sang the chorus in 1926 only. Is resp. was it usual to sing the verse, too? Who knows about this?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 03:52 PM

Whether verses have appeared in performance has tended to be a matter of performer's choice and maybe the occasion. In what tended to become the main standard popular song form, the arrangement was usually:

Verse, chorus, chorus, bridge, chorus.

(a single verse often being followed by several repeats of the ccbc sections).

The verses (especially in those of the great classic songwriters) tended to be melodically and harmonically more sophisticated than the chorus (not in the current case), and given that and the relative frequency of verse to chorus, it's the chorus of the songs that people (in general) remember as the song. So the verses are often omitted, bands/singers launching straight into the chorus (or as in the Jelly Roll Recording I have - Chicago, Dec 16, 1926, Victor BVE 37257-3 - playing a 4-bar (IIRC) intro and them launching into the chorus).

Not everyone missed them out of course. They were played as introductions by bands and sang by singers, just not always.

In a 1926 recording, they may also have been aware of time limits on the recording and decided to stick with the more popular chorus only.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: greg stephens
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 04:10 PM

Mick Pearce's link to a chord sequence is not that as normally played in jazz bands. It may well be the original music, but things can change.
The relevant bit asked for in C would be(in my own experience playing banjo in trad band):
I(F) page old Dr Jazz in all my (E) dreams.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 05:22 PM

greg you're quite right - the chords I linked are rubbish for the last lines! Normally I check them when I post links to chords, but I was busy doing other things (that was the first page that came up in a search and I had seen that Captain Colin had given him the right chord earlier).

I'd play the line (in C) just as you have it above.

(followed by (G) When I'm troubled (F#dim) bound and mixed (C) he's the guy that (A7) gets me fixed, (D7) Hello Central, (G7) get me Doctor (C)Jazz - though I've modified the tune of that penultimate line compared to the Jelly Roll Morton version - more likely F, A7 only on that line).

(The Jelly Roll recording I've got seems to be in Db btw).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 05:31 PM

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, a traditional jazz group based at "The Landing" in San Antonio, has recorded this song, with vocal by Vernel Bagneris, on a CD entitled "Fireworks." They have a weekly Sunday jazz program, focusing especially on the history of the music, on public radio in the U.S. Prior to hearing their version, legendary trombonist Jack Teagarden also recorded the song as an instrumental on an album called "Big T's Dixieland Band," some time in the late 1950's, I think. I had the pleasure of seeing the band in San Antonio about seven years ago and, if you like traditional jazz, I highly recommend a visit if you are in that area. "The Landing" is right on the main portion of the Riverwalk, in the bottom floor of the Hyatt Regency hotel, directly across from the Alamo. This was not a commercial, by the way.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz (King Oliver)
From: GUEST,BigNed
Date: 01 Jul 11 - 05:34 AM

Doctor Jazz

C                   G
Every body gets the blues now and then
    F                  C
and don't know what to do
C                      G             F
I've had it happen many,many times to me
            C
and so have you
C                   G       F
But those days have gone and past
            G       C    G
I found out what to do at last
C               G          F
When I feel all in,down and out
F       G       C
You will hear me shout

C             G             C
Hello,Central,give me Doctor Jazz
C               G                C C7
He's got what I need,I'll say he has
          F                        
Well,When the world goes wrong
    C            A7
and I've got the blues
D7                              
He's the guy who makes me get out
G7
both my dancing shoes

C             G                  C    C7
The more I get,the more I want,it seems
F                              Em7
I page old Doctor Jazz in all my dreams
    A7
When I'm in trouble,bounds are mixed
D7
He's the guy who gets me fixed
C             G             C    G C
Hello,Central,give me Doctor Jazz


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz (King Oliver)
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 05:49 AM

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz (King Oliver)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 12 - 09:17 PM

I always thought the one line was, "When I'm in trouble, down and kicked, he is the one that gets me fixed."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz (King Oliver)
From: GUEST,Messihippi
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 09:30 AM

The "Who put the Benzedrine" line is from Harry The Hipster Gibson's track "Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine". A fun song, that I've played, but didn't do well for Harry: it put him on the music scene's blacklist!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor Jazz (King Oliver)
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 12:48 PM

Do you have the chords for "Who Put The Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?"


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHO PUT THE BENZEDRINE IN MRS. MURPHY'S..
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 14 - 01:10 AM

I can't help with the chords, but it looks like the lyrics haven't been posted here before, so maybe this will help:


WHO PUT THE BENZEDRINE IN MRS. MURPHY'S OVALTINE?
As sung by Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, 1947

Mrs. Murphy couldn't sleep.
Her nerves were slightly off the beat
Until she solved her problem with a can of Ovaltine.
She drank a cupful 'most ev'ry night,
And, ooh! how she would dream,
Until somethin' rough got in the stuff,
And made her neighbors scream:
Ow!

Who put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?
Sure was a shame; don't know who's to blame,
'Cause the old lady didn't even get his name.
Where did she get that stuff?
Now she just can't get enough.
It might 'a' been the man who wasn't there.
Now, Jack, that guy's a square.

She never ever wants to go to sleep.
She say that ev'rything is solid, all reet.
Now mister Murphy don't know what it's all about
'Cause she went and threw the old man out.
Clout!

Who put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?
Now she wants to swing the highland fling,
Says the Benzedrine's the thing that makes her spring.

SPOKEN: (Ah, spring it now, Gibson. Mm-hm.
This is the second chorus, you know.
Name o' this chorus is called:
"Who Put the Nembutals in Mister Murphy's Overalls?"—
I don't know.)

She bought a can of Ovaltine 'most ev'ry week or so
And she always kept an extra can on hand just in case that she'd run low
She never, never been so happy since she left old Ireland
Till someone prowled her pantry, sure, and tampered with her can.
Wham!

Who put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?
Sure was a shame; don't know who's to blame,
'Cause the old lady didn't even get his name.
Where did she get that stuff?
Now she just can't get enough.
It might 'a' been the man who wasn't there.
Now, Jack, that guy's a square.

She stays up nights makin' all the rounds.
They say she lost about sixty-nine pounds.
Now Mister Murphy claims she's gettin' awful thin,
And all she says: "Give me some skin."
Mop!

Who put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?
Now she wants to swing the highland fling.
She says the Benzedrine's the thing that makes her spring.

(Ah, spring it now, Gibby.)


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