Monday, October 8, 2012

Sweet Georgia Brown (Videos & Lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the song "Sweet Georgia Brown".

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"Sweet Georgia Brown" is a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics)...It is widely known as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team...

Of the many early recordings of the tune, the vocal version by Ethel Waters in the 1920s, and instrumental version by St├ęphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, are particularly notable...

The version used by the Globetrotters is a 1949 instrumental by Brother Bones and His Shadows, featuring whistling and bones by Brother Bones. It was adopted as the Globetrotters theme around 1950, and today is inextricably associated with the team.

[Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics), 1925]

No gal made has got a shade on sweet georgia brown
Two left feet but oh so neat, has sweet georgia brown
They all sigh and wanna die for sweet georgia brown
Ill tell you why, you know I don't lie... much

Its been said she knocks em dead when she lands in town
Since she came why it's a shame how she coos em down
Fellers she can't get are fellers she aint met
Georgia claimed her, georgia named her
Sweet georgia brown

Lyrics from


Video #1: Ethel Waters - Sweet Georgia Brown - 1925

Uploaded by warholsoup100 on Dec 25, 2011

This Song Reached US Billboard Charts For Ethel At #6 - Sep 1925 (2 weeks).
Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 -- September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues.

"Sweet Georgia Brown" is a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics).

Video #2: Django Reinhardt - Sweet Georgia

Uploaded by TheGruvy2 on Feb 28, 2010

Quintette Du Hot Club De France. Audio recorded 31st January 1938 London. Living Era Recordings 1998 ASV Ltd CD AJA5267. Video clips from ABC ( Australia ) DVD set "Jazz"

Video #3: Ella Fitzgerald - Sweet Georgia Brown

Uploaded by bessjazz on Jun 15, 2010
Ella at Duke's Place - The Duke Ellington Orchestra with the Jimmy Jones trio - 1966
Sweet Georgia Brown (1925) by Ben Bernie & Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics).
Interpolations of Sweet Georgia Brown :
bridge of Caravan (Tizol, Ellington)
Dig (Miles Davis)
Sweet Clifford (Clifford Brown)
Bright Mississippi (Thelonious Monk)

Video #4: Count Basie - Sweet Georgia Brown

Uploaded by OscarPetersonFan on Nov 28, 2009

The Count Basie Orchestra: Sonny Cohn, Pete Minger, Darle Carley, Bob Summers (tp), Bill Hughes, Dennis Wilson, Grover Mitchell, Booty Wood (tb), Danny Turner (as), Bobby Plater (as, fl), Kenny Hing (ts), Eric Dixon (ts, fl), John Williams (bs), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Cleveland Eaton II (b), Gregg Field (d).

Video #5: Harlem Globetrotters Theme song

Uploaded by wolverin95 on Mar 19, 2010
Click for information about Brother Bones who performed this version of "Sweet Georgia Brown". Here's an excerpt from that page:
"Brother Bones (October 4, 1902 – June 14, 1974[1]) was an American whistling and bone playing recording artist from Montgomery, Alabama. Born Freeman Davis, his late 1940s recording of the 1925 standard "Sweet Georgia Brown," became internationally famous after being adopted as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team in 1952. Despite the success of this record, Brother Bones himself remained relatively unknown...

Click for additional song examples whose titles include the surname (last name) "Brown" and other surnames that are common in the United States.

That post also includes statistics for the frequency that specific surnames are found in the USA (per a study conducted by the 2000 USA census). For example, a comparison of African American rankings & Overall rankings for the last name "Brown" in the United States indicated that name ranked #5 for African Americans and #4 overall. That number is quite close, but there are significant differences between the African American name ranking and the overall name rankings of some other surnames. Take the name "Johnson". That 2000 study found the following rankings:
Johnson: African American Name Rank - 6 / Overall United States Name Rank - 294.

Thanks to the composers, lyricists, and performers of this song. Thanks also to those whose transcriptions and information I quoteed in this post.

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