dinsdag 23 januari 2018

Buzz Buzz Buzz (1945)

"Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" is a song written by John Gray and Bobby Day and performed by The Hollywood Flames. The lead vocals were by Earl Nelson, later of Bob & Earl. It reached #5 on the US R&B chart and #11 on the Billboard pop chart in 1957.
But "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" is in fact a clever rewrite of a song from 1945 (written by Alice D. Simms, Al Trace and Jimmie Lunceford) with the same title: "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz".

(o) Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra (1945)
Russell Green, Rostelle Reese, Les Current, William Scott or Bob Mitchell (tp), Fernando Arbello, Russell Bowles, Earl Hardy, Joe Williams (tb), Omer Simeon (cl, as), Kirt Bradford (as), Joe Thomas (cl, ts), Ernest Purce (ts), Earl Carruthers (cl, as, bari), Eddie Wilcox (p, arr), John Mitchell (g), Truck Parham (b), Joe Marshall (d), Claude and Cliff Trenier (vcl), Lonnie Wilfong (arr), Jimmie Lunceford (dir, arr).
Recorded NYC, February 27, 1945
Matrix W72749-A   
Released April 1949 on Coral 60041.

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According to the original cue sheets, the song used under the opening titles of the Warner Bros cartoon "Walky Talky Hawky" was “Buzz Buzz Buzz (Will You Be My Honey?)” by Jimmie Lunceford, Alice Simms and Al Trace. Released August 31, 1946, "Walky Talky Hawky" was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to The Cat Concerto, with Tom and Jerry.

Robert McKimson’s “Walky Talky Hawky” (1946) |

Carl Stalling previously used the song under the opening titles for Bob Clampett’s Baby Bottleneck, released a few months earlier.

Baby Bottleneck : Bob Clampett : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Jimmie Lunceford's version was officially released in 1949, but already in 1945 "Buzz Buzz Buzz" was released by Jim Wynn and his Bobalibans
Jim Wynn's band also featured vocalist Claude Trenier, who brought "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz" with him from the Jimmie Lunceford band

(c) Jim Wynn and his Bobalibans 1945
Stanley Casey (trumpet) David Graham (alto saxophone) Freddie Simon (tenor saxophone) Jim Wynn (tenor, baritone saxophone) Luther "Lord" Luper (piano, vocals) Theodore Shirley (bass) Robert "Snake" Sims (drums) Claude Trenier, Pee Wee Wiley (vocals)
Recorded Los Angeles, CA, circa September, 1945
Matrix V-144-ME
Released on 4 Star 1025

Jim Wynn Discography

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Before their carreer really started, the Trenier Twins played in a highschool-band in Alabama: The Alabama State Collegians Orchestra.
With a band including two other State College alumni, pianist Gene Gilbeaux and alto saxophonist Don Hill, Claude and Cliff Trenier again recorded “Buzz Buzz Buzz” for Mercury in 1947, credited on the label as the Trenier Twins and Gene Gilbeaux's Orchestra.

"Buzz Buzz Buzz" was recorded in New York on May 15th, 1947.
Released on Mercury 8045 in June 1947.

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In 1957, the song would be adapted into a pop and R&B hit by the Hollywood Flames, a rhythm-and-blues vocal group that included Bobby “Rock-in Robin” Day.

(c) Hollywood Flames (1957)
Released October 1957 on Ebb 119

45cat - Hollywood Flames - Buzz-Buzz-Buzz / Crazy - Ebb - USA - 119

Hollywood Flames* - Buzz-Buzz-Buzz / Crazy (Vinyl) at Discogs

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The Flames' “Buzz Buzz Buzz” would in turn be covered by Rusty Draper, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers,  the Cadillacs, etc.

(c) Rusty Draper (1957)
Released on Mercury 71221

Rusty Draper - I Get The Blues When It Rains / Buzz Buzz Buzz (Vinyl) at Discogs

45cat - Rusty Draper - Buzz Buzz Buzz / I Get The Blues When It Rains - Mercury - USA - 71221X45

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(c) Earl Carroll And The Original Cadillacs (1957)
Released on Josie 45-829

45cat - Earl Carroll And The Original Cadillacs - Buzz-Buzz-Buzz / Yea Yea Baby - Josie - USA - 45-829

More versions here:

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ

Cover versions of Buzz - Buzz - Buzz by Hollywood Flames | SecondHandSongs

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