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Bill Bailey (won't you please come home?)



 Genre: Jazz (vocal)

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This 1902 song - although American - was very popular in Edwardian British Music Hall, and I had the opportunity to sing it in such a Music Hall revival some years ago in my local theatre.

This, however is a trad jazz version, and I've added some scat to modernise it further. For some reason I wasn't allowed to perform it like this in the Music Hall revival....

Most recordings only feature the chorus so we never know the background story as told in the verses. So I re-jigged the 2 verses into one and sang it - improvising a melody - over the 1st round of the chorus to give a bit of that missing story!

Backing track used with kind permission of Musical Creations.
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johnwhitehead said 2987 days ago (April 15th, 2011)
Love the intro and verses. You're right, I'd never heard them before. Can hear the English music hall layered on top of Tin Pan Alley in your version. Lovely vocal performance.
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neilh79 said 2986 days ago (April 15th, 2011)
Bill Bailey!
Also a comedian! Great song well sung, you have a great old school voice, similar to michaeljayklien though female obviously. You are a great talent, beautiful
Jerry_Quinn said 2986 days ago (April 15th, 2011)
Bill Bailey
Well done! Like your scat. Like hearing the verse for the first time(for me,anyway) It reminded me of my grandfather used to sing the verse to "Meet Me In St.Louis Louie" Great job.
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alexmoody said 2982 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
really glad you brought this song to my attention..
really enjoyed it. And was pleased it wasnt about the comedian. :) Great scatting and perfect vocal (from the quality of it i presume that comes as standard!). I shall be digging through the crates to discover more treasures. Thank you!
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Mosaica said 2978 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
If it were about the comedian
named Bill Bailey, I think I might have sung "won't you please GO home!!" lol
Thanks for listening.
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jibes said 2977 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Bailey where you been....
Superb!! A true pro!
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thetiler said 2973 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
singing right off the bat, love the name of the song "Bill" :)
Enjoy the piano and how it jells with the singing, flute, drums, horns. Love the dixie land feel and the list goes on.

This tune deservers tons more fans!

Thanks for sharing !!!
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Mosaica said 2973 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Thanks Bill! :-)
Thanks for your nice words, but I can't take any credit for the instrumentals - that's a commercial music track I've got permission to use!
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scaustrita said 2971 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Your voice fits flawlessly into the genre.
Very good control of your vocals.
Love the scats.

:: Nostalgic ::
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peterms said 2959 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
so much for your comments. You have a wonderful voice and style. A Pleasure to listen to!
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oldlibmike said 2958 days ago (May 13th, 2011)
Nice voice!
A very nice piece and great to hear the full or more full than normal version :) Great styling - wish I had a voice worthy of recording.
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falcef said 2929 days ago (June 11th, 2011)
Bill Bailey
Great song this album with a sound well played and recorded and full time. Greetings from Italy.

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Jarvoid said 2712 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
A British
counterpoint to MichaelJayKlein's harmonising
really great stuff...if you know the gentleman in question ,nicely sung and swung and all that hepcat stuff...


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