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#162734 - 01/08/05 10:03 AM "It's The Talk Of The Town" Info needed...
Bill in Dayton Offline
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Registered: 08/23/04
Posts: 2202
Loc: Dayton, OH USA
Hey gang-

My band has a dance tonight and I just got a call from a regular who asked us to perform "It's The Talk Of The Town."

I'm not familiar with this song at all...I have the sheet music and found a rather bouncy midi file of it. This version has a hint of a shuffle in it.

A few questions:

1) What is the standard tempo for this tune? The guy described it as a ballad...but from doing a search on Itunes, I found only jazz insturmental versions-which don't give me a real good idea for this evenings dance.

2) Who performed the "popular version" of this tune?

3) Is this traditionally a vocal or instrumental song? Again, the requester stated he's heard it done both ways.

He's a sweet old guy and I'd like to hook him up if I can. (Although I wish he'd called me on Monday and not this nmorning about this, lol...)

Thanks-

Bill in Dayton
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#162735 - 01/08/05 10:36 AM Re: "It's The Talk Of The Town" Info needed...
SYNTH_GUY Offline
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Registered: 12/20/04
Posts: 128
Loc: CT/NY, USA
Jerry Livingston wrote the music, Marty Symes and Al Neiburg wrote the lyrics back in 1933, Recorded circa mid January, 1944
CBS Radio Broadcast, New York City
by Perry Como - vocal refrain with clarinet solo by Paul Baron Orchestra.

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#162736 - 01/08/05 11:06 AM Re: "It's The Talk Of The Town" Info needed...
tony mads usa Offline
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Loc: East Greenwich RI USA
Very pretty, OLD standard ... used to play it all the time, back in the day about 96bpm ... don't you just LOVE what we do and who we do it for ...
+knock 'em dead ...
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#162737 - 01/08/05 11:18 AM Re: "It's The Talk Of The Town" Info needed...
DonM Offline
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Registered: 06/25/99
Posts: 16735
Loc: Benton, LA, USA
Here's a page that may be useful. It has midi and chords. I didn't check it all out though. http://www.songtrellis.com/sounds/viewer$2217
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#162738 - 01/08/05 01:53 PM Re: "It's The Talk Of The Town" Info needed...
brickboo Offline
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Registered: 02/04/01
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Loc: Fruita, Colorado, USA
Many of the jazz artist did this. Believe it or not I have a CD with Dizzy and Getz doing this together.

Do it as you would do "Tenderly in 4/4 not 3/4, or as you would do "Stardust"

I played this on Bourbon street in the 60's. It's a great jazz ballad.

If you like slow moody stuff do it at 65 - 70. If you want bouncy do it at 96-105.

If you like the standards, you'll probably want to keep this one in your book. If you don't like Stardust, Tenderly and such, you won't like this one either.
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#162739 - 01/09/05 10:39 AM Re: "It's The Talk Of The Town" Info needed...
tony mads usa Offline
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Registered: 01/16/02
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Loc: East Greenwich RI USA
Bill ... how'd it go???
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#162740 - 01/09/05 11:49 AM Re: "It's The Talk Of The Town" Info needed...
Bill in Dayton Offline
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Registered: 08/23/04
Posts: 2202
Loc: Dayton, OH USA
Tony-

I ran the guys through it for a sound check and it came together pretty fast. We took it as a medium tempo ballad in our 2nd set and the floor filled quickly, so we must have been in the ballpark.

Thanks-

Bill
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