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SNAKE CHARMER, THE (Lyrics: Leonard Whitcup / Music: Teddy Powell) Larry Clinton & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1937 Jerry Blaine & His Stream Line Rhythm (Instr.) - 1937 The Six Swingers (vocal: Sam Costa) - 1938 Jack Harris & His Orch. (vocal: Dinah Miller) - 1938 Nat Gonella & His Georgians - 1938 Freddy Gardner & His Swing Orch. (Instr.) - 1938 Eddy Stone & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1938 Fud Candrix & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1938 Hakan von Eichwald & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1938 Bar-Trio (Instr.) - 1938 Olavi Virta - 1956 (Finnish title "Kuningskobra") As recorded by SAM COSTA with George Scott-Wood's Six Swingers, 7th February 1938, London: The snake charmer from old Baghdad Found out that Swing was the newest fad Ev'ry night beneath the Moon He would practice on a tune He drove all his neighbours mad All his friends tried to make him stop Told him Swing was a total flop He kept on playing rhythm just the same Till at last came the lucky day When his swing made the Sultan sway From then on ev'ryone knew he was famous Now he's got a million fans Owns ev'ry band in the caravan And he's making plenty dough Jammin' on the radio The snake charmer from old Baghdad ******************** As recorded by DINAH MILLER with Jack Harris & His Orch., 5th March 1938, London: The snake charmer from old Baghdad Learned how to jam, he would swing like mad Soon his snakes were nervous wrecks They got kinks in all their necks Hard snakes made his business bad Still he went on his merry way How they'd laugh when he'd start to play Long as they let him swing, they didn't care And though he never made a cent Playing tunes on his instrument Soon his name was the toast of every harem Sheiks knew he was in demand So they decreed he should lead a band Now he's weaving magic spells Jamming in the swell hotels The snake charmer from old Baghdad (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - April 2017)

    


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