May I Borrow a Tune? 37

April 28, 2020#1967

These days they’re called cover recordings, when one performer introduces his or her version of a tune made famous by another. Back in the big band era there were four competing record companies in the US. There was RCA, which sold Victor and Bluebird records; Columbia, which also sold records under the Okeh label; Decca; and an upstart company which marketed under the Capitol label. When, say, a Glenn Miller recording on the Bluebird label sold well, Columbia might try to persuade Benny Goodman to release a new version to compete with the RCA one.


Flying home — Lionel Hampton/Will Bradley

Frenesi — Artie Shaw/Benny Goodman

Green eyes — Jimmy Dorsey/Gene Krupa

I can’t get started — Bunny Berigan/Charlie Barnet

I’ve got a gal in Kalamazoo — Glenn Miller/Benny Goodman

In the mood — Glenn Miller/Al Donahue

Indian summer — Glenn Miller/Jan Savitt

Jersey bounce — Benny Goodman/Red Norvo

Let me off uptown — Gene Krupa/Larry Clinton

Loch Lomond — Benny Goodman/Woody Herman

Maria Elena — Jimmy Dorsey/Gene Krupa

Martha — Larry Clinton/Bob Crosby

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