Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Four Records With The Title "Eenie Miney Miney Mo" (Jazz, Dancehall/Pop)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases four sound file/video examples of non-children's records with the title "Eeny Meenie Minie Mo". In order of their presentation in this post, the featured artists are Billie Holiday, Sean Kingston & Justin Beiber, Sid Phillips, and Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.

These are just a small sample of the non-children's records that have been released with the title "Eenie Meenie Minie Mo". Those records include country music and Hip-Hop.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all the featured artists. Thanks also to the composers of these songs, and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.

These videos are presented in chronological order based on their publishing dates on YouTube with the examples with the oldest dates presented first.

Example #1: Billie Holiday - Eeny Meeny Miney Mo

Канал на purple0accident, Uploaded on May 19, 2009

The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia CD 1

Eeny meeny miney mo
Catch your troubles by the toe
If it hollers let it go
Let it fly away
Eeny meeny miney mo
It's the saying high and low
Hear it everywhere you go
Every time of day
Big Ben rings it
Vallee sings it
Whiteman swings it
Even Mr. Crosby sings it
Slight corrections were made to the lyrics that were given in this video's summary statement.
"Big Ben" refers to the famous clock in London, England.
"Vallee" is singer Rudy Valle"
"Whiteman" is Jazz band leader Paul Whiteman.
"Mr. Crosby" is singer Bing Crosby.

Example #2: Sean Kingston, Justin Bieber - Eenie Meenie ft. Justin Bieber

seankingstonVEVO, Uploaded on Apr 28, 2010

Music video by Sean Kingston performing Eenie Meenie.
Excerpt from the lyrics:
"Eenie meenie miney mo
Catch a bad chick by her toe
If she holla (if, if, if she holla) let her go"...

'Cause shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lova
Shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lova
Shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lova
Shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lova"
"Shawty" (Shorty) is an African American Vernacular English referent for a young female. That referent has nothing to do with a person's height.
"This song, about a girl who just can't seem to decide whether she wants to be in a relationship, is a duet between Jamaican-American singer Sean Kingston and Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The song was written by The Jackie Boyz...

The song utilizes the children's counting rhyme "Eenie Meenie Miny Moe" throughout. The rhyme has existed in various forms since the 1850s, or perhaps earlier, and is common in many languages, with similar-sounding nonsense syllables. It has been utilized before in songs including "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo," a popular song written in 1935 by Johnny Mercer and Matty Malneck and the similarly titled "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe," which was an European hit for Dutch girl group Luv' in 1979."

Example #3: Eeny Meeny Miney Mo

78Upm, Published on Apr 18, 2012

Eeny Meeny Miney Mo
Foxtrot by Johnny Mercer & Matt Malneck
From film: To beat the band

Edgar Jackson presents:
Sid Phillips and his rhythm
Vocal chorus: Jack Cooper

A nice swingy recording of the early Sid Phillips mentioning some of the REX recording artists of that time: Gracie Fields, Jack Payne and Charlie Kunz.

Example #4: Benny Goodman "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo" Helen Ward LYRICS ARE HERE rare visuals

Tim Gracyk,Published on Nov 7, 2014

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra: "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo" on Victor 25195, recorded in 1935.

What a brisk tempo!

The song is by Johnny Mercer and Matt Malneck. It was featured in the film To Beat The Band.

Eeny meeny miney mo--
Catch your troubles by the toe.
If it hollers, let it go.
Let it fly away!

Eeny meeny miney mo--
It's the saying high and low.
Hear it everywhere you go
Any time of day.

Big Ben rings it.
Vallee sings it.
Whiteman swings it.
Even Mr. Crosby bings it.

Eeny meeny miney mo--
Catch your troubles by the toe.
If it hollers, let it go.
Let it fly away!

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