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BASIN STREET BLUES (Music: Spencer Williams / Lyrics: Jack Teagarden & Glenn Miller) Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five - 1928 Louisiana Rhythm Kings - 1929 Charleston Chasers (vocal: Jack Teagarden) - 1931 Cab Calloway & His Orch. - 1931 Benny Goodman & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1934 Dorsey Brothers Orch. (vocal: Bob Crosby) - 1934 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - 1936 Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell - 1937 Joe Daniels & His Hot Shots - 1937 Fats Waller - 1937 The Mills Brothers - 1939 Lew Stone & His Stonecrackers - 1941 Clyde McCoy & His Orch. - 1946 Pee Wee Hunt - 1946 Louis Armstrong (feat. in the film "New Orleans") - 1946 Jack Teagarden & His Orch. - 1946 Ella "Satchmo" Fitzgerald (with Sy Oliver & His Orch.) - 1949 Ralph Flanagan & His Orch. - 1949 Louis Armstrong (feat. in the film "The Glenn Miller Story") - 1953 Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford - 1954 Dean Martin - 1955 Woody Herman & His Band (Instr.) - 1955 Eli's Chosen Six - 1955 Billy Maxted & His Manhattan Jazz Band - 1955 Lizzie Miles - 1956 Louis Prima - 1957 Julie London - 1957 Shirley Bassey - 1957 The Hi-Lo's - 1957 Patti Page - 1958 Louis Armstrong & His All Stars - 1958 Lionel Hampton (Instr.) - 1958 Matty Matlock & The Paducah Patrol - 1958 Betty Hutton - 1959 Teresa Brewer - 1959 Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges (Instr.) - 1959 Ted Heath & His Music - 1959 Charlie Shavers - 1959 Ray Charles - 1960 Earl Grant - 1960 Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band - 1960 Ethel Smith - 1960 Frances Faye - 1961 Joni James - 1962 Peggy Lee - 1962 King Curtis - 1962 Sam Cooke - 1964 Jimmy Smith (Instr.) - 1964 Dinah Shore - 1965 Brenda Lee with Pete Fountain - 1968 Marian & Jimmy McPartland - 1973 Harry Connick, Jr. - 1988 Dr. John - 1992 Shirley Horn - 1998 Laverne Butler - 2001 Diana Krall - 2005 Wynton Marsalis & Willie Nelson - 2007 Also recorded by: Tempo King; Dave Brubeck; Tommy Dorsey; Lena Horne; Kid Ory; Yoku Tamura; Charlie Ventura; Meade Lux Lewis; Tiger Okoshi; Miles Davis; Al Hirt; Merle Haggard; Art Hodes; Rick Bogart; George Vukán ............. and many others. Won't you come along with me To the Mississippi We'll take a boat to the land of dreams Steam down the river, down to New Orleans The band's there to meet us Old friends to greet us Where all the light and the dark folks meet Heaven on earth, they call it Basin Street Ooh, Basin Street is the street Where the elite always meet In New Orleans, land of dreams You'll never know how nice it seems Or just how much it really means Glad to be, yes-sir-ee Where welcome's free, dear to me Where I can lose my Basin Street blues ************************* As recorded by BETTY HUTTON: Won't you come along with me To the Mississippi We'll take a boat to the land of dreams Steam down the river to New Orleans Yes, band's there to greet us Old friends to greet us Where all the light and the dark folks meet Heaven on earth, they call it Basin Street Ooooohhh, Basin Street, honey that's the street Where the elite always meet In New Orleans, the land of dreams You'll never know how nice it seems Just how much it really means Ooh, I'm glad to be, yes-sir-ee Where welcome's free and it's dear to me Where I can lose my Basin Street blues (Orchestral Interlude) You'll be glad you came with me Down the Mississippi I'm gonna show you what the good life means No place can send ya like New Orleans And we'll be glad to be, oh, yes-sir-ee Where welcome's free and it's dear to me Where I can lose, you take me back to Basin Street blues Talkin' 'bout the Basin Street blues ************************ As recorded by RAY CHARLES: Why won't you come along with me To the Mississippi We'll take a boat to the land of dreams And steam down the river, down in New Orleans You know the band's there to meet us Old friends to greet us Where all the light and dark folk meet Away down yonder, down on Basin Street Let me tell ya 'bout that Basin Street is the street Where the elite always meet In New Orleans, land of dreams You'll never know how nice it seems Or just how much it really means Glad to be be, yes-sir-ee Where welcome's free and dear to me That's why I can't lose these Basin Street blues (Instrumental Break) Oh, Basin Street is the street Where that elite always meet In New Orleans, land of dreams You'll never know how nice it seems Or just how much it really means I'm glad to be be, yes-sir-ee Where welcome's free and dear to me That's why I can't lose these Basin Street blues Aah, that's why I can't lose these Basin Street blues ************************ As recorded by SAM COOKE: Basin Street, Basin Street That's the place where my friends all meet Down in New Orleans, yeah, that land of dreams And you don't know how nice it seems It's dear to me, yes-sir-ee And that's the place I'm so longing to be Where I can lose these old Basin Street blues No-ooh-oh, Basin Street, my Basin Street Where the young and the old folk meet Down in New Orleans, in that land of dreams You don't know how nice it really seems But it's dear to me, yes-sir-ee And that's the place I'm sure longing to be Where maybe I can lose these old Basin Street blues And, oh man, I'm talkin' 'bout Basin Street, Basin Street Where the folk who know what's happenin' meet Out in New Orleans, in the land of dreams And you'all know how nice it seems and just how much it really means Dear to me, yes-sir-ee It's dear to me, yes-sir-ee, can't you see Why I wanna lose these old Basin Street Blues Oh, I wanna go where I can lose these old Basin Street Blues Oh yeah! ************************* As recorded by DR. JOHN: Basin Street is the street Where all them characters from the First Precinct meet In New Orleans, city of a million dreams And you'll never know how nice it seems When you're way down South in New Orleans You'll be huggin' and a-kissin' That's what I been missin', yeah Hear all that good music, Lord, if you just listen Yeah, New Orleans is truth That's why I got these Basin Street blues (Instrumental Break) I'm tellin' ya, Basin Street, that's the street Where all the ghouls from Storyville and the St. Louis cemetary meet New Orleans, land of a million dreams You'll never beat them rice and beans Way down South in New Orleans Basin Street, that's the street Yeah, where ev'rybody sooner or later gonna meet New Orleans, yes, it's true I got those Basin Street blues Ain't you glad you went with me On down that Mississippi We took a boat to the land o' dreams Heaven on earth, they call it Basin Street Now ain't you glad you went with me Straight on down that Mississippi We took a boat to the land o' dreams A heaven on earth, they call it Basin Street (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2012) Heaven on earth...they call it Basin Street

    


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