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12th STREET RAG (Music: Euday Louis Bowman - 1914 / Lyrics: James S. Sumner) NB: Most of the recordings listed below contain just the music. The song generally being recorded as an up-tempo instrumental piece, the lyrics were very seldom heard. Scott Joplin - 1916 All Star Trio - 1920 Imperial Marimba Band - 1921 Fletcher Henderson & His Orch. - 1927 Roy Smeck - 1931 Harry Roy & The Hotcha Boys - 1933 Pee Wee Hunt - 1948 Donald Peers - 1949 Hotcha Trio - 1952 Firehouse Five Plus Two - 1952 John Graas - 1954 Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band - 1954 Shorty Rogers & His Giants - 1954 Barney Kessel - 1955 Belmonte And His Afro-American Music - 1955 Chet Atkins - 1956 Ted Heath & His Music - 1958 Gene Bianco & Mundell Lowe - 1958 Stanley Black & His Orch. - 1959 Eddie Peabody - 1959 Big Tiny Little - 1959 Don Johnson Organ Combo - 1959 Louis Prima & Keely Smith - 1960 Ernie Fields - 1961 Ray Martin & His Orch. - 1961 Pete Fountain - 1962 Al Hirt - 1964 René & His Alligators - 1965 Willie "The Lion" Smith - 1966 Vanilla Fudge - 1968 James Last & His Orch. - 1968 Dave Martini - 1972 B.B. Bradley's Dixielanders - 1972 Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops - 1974 New Sunshine Jazz Band - 1974 Tommy Burton & The Sporting House Club - 1974 Albert "Papa" French - 1975 John James - 1981 Also recorded by: Euday L. Bowman; Johnny Marvin; Lionel Hampton; Roger Williams; Ronald Matty; Laura Johnson; Johnny Milton; Richard M. Jones; Les Paul & Mary Ford; Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys; Kid Ory; Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers; Louis Armstrong; Count Basie & Lester Young; Terry Lightfoot; Winifred Atwell; Meade "Lux" Lewis; Fats Waller; King Curtis; Roland Cedermark; Myron Floren; Arthur Smith; Don Reno; Billy Vaughn; Steve Allen; Dick Contino & Horace Heidt; Sid Phillips; Andrés Ramiro's Orch.; Jo Ann Castle; Spike Jones; Liberace.......and many, many others. In a certain city, where the girls are cute and pretty They have a raggy, jazzy, jazz-time tune When you hear that syncopated jazz created melody You could dance all morning night and noon When the slide trombone And moaning saxophone begin to play It will make you sad, 'twill make you glad Oh boy, what joy Burn my clothes for I'm in Heaven Wish I had a million women Solomon in all his glory Could have told another story Were he but living here today With his thousand wives or more A jazz band on some Egypt shore He could dance the night and day away I will tell you how they dance That tantalizing 12th Street Rag First you slide, and then you glide, then shimmie for a while To the left, then to the right, "Lame Duck," "Get over Sal" Watch your step then Pirouette, Fox Trot, then squeeze your pal Over you comes stealing such a funny feeling 'Till you feel your senses reeling Tantalizing, hypnotizing, mesmerizing strain I can't get enough of it, please play it o'er again I could dance forever to this refrain To that 12th Street, oh, you 12th Street Rag Jazz-time music is the rage, this is a syncopated age Ev'rybody loves a jazz-time tune For the music captivating, sets your heart a-palpitating You just can't make your feet behave Ancients youths of sixty-four Do steps they never did before Father Time is mad, no one grows old Oh boy, what joy Put your loving arms around me Say babe, ain't you glad you found me Cleopatra on the Nile Could vamp right in the latest style If she'd only known this ragtime tune Old King Cole, a merry soul Called for his pipe and then his bowl And the first jazz band, his fiddlers three Play, oh play me while I dance That tantalizing 12th Street Rag First you slide, and then you glide, then shimmie for a while To the left, then to the right, "Lame Duck," "Get over Sal" Watch your step then Pirouette, Fox Trot, then squeeze your pal Over you comes stealing such a funny feeling 'Till you feel your senses reeling Tantalizing, hypnotizing, mesmerizing strain I can't get enough of it, please play it o'er again I could dance for ever to this refrain To that 12th Street, oh, you 12th Street Rag (Contributed by Mel Priddle - November 2012)

    


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