Monday, January 3, 2011

Heebie Jeebies-Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five

Scat – the story goes, Louis invented it in November 1925 recording “Heebies Jeebies” with his Hot Five. In “Jazz on a High Note,” published in Esquire in 1951 he wrote: “…the day we recorded “Heebie Jeebies,” I dropped the paper with the lyrics—right in the middle of the tune…And I did not want to stop and spoil the record which was moving along so wonderful…So when I dropped the paper, I immediately turned back into the horn and started to Scatting…Just as nothing had happened…When I finished the record I just knew the recording people would throw it out.. And to my surprise they all came running of the controlling booth and said—“ Leave That In”…
         Players on the record: Kid Ory, trombone; Lil Hardin, piano; John A. St. Cyr, banjo; Johnny Dodds, clarinet; Louis Armstrong, trumpet.
from Louis Armstrong in His Own Words: Selected Writings, Thomas Brothers, ed., Oxford University Press, 132.

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