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Slap That Bass

Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin

"Slap That Bass" is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, introduced by Fred Astaire and Dudley Dickerson in the 1937 film Shall We Dance. The song refers to the slap style of double bass playing that was popular at the time.

    Release Date: 1937


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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George Gershwin : 50 Gershwin Classics : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088696641 : 1576237648 : 00694999

George Gershwin : 50 Gershwin Classics

All of the finest from this vastly talented composer. Includes: An American in Paris - But Not for Me - Embraceable You - A Foggy Day - Funny Face - I Got Rhythm - I've Got a Crush on You - Lorelei - Love Is Here to Stay - The Man I Love - Nice Work If You Can Get It - Rhapsody in Blue - Someone to Watch Over Me - Swanee - Sweet and Low-Down - 'S Wonderful - They Can't Take That Away from Me - more!

Songlist: Soon, Prelude II (Andante Con Moto E Poco Rubato), Somebody Loves Me, An American In Paris, Isn't It A Pity?, My One And Only, Maybe, Do It Again, Bidin' My Time, I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise, Concerto In F (New York Interlude), But Not For Me, By Strauss, Of Thee I Sing, Clap Yo' Hands, Do-Do-Do, I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, Delishious, The Lorelei, Prelude I (Allegro Ben Ritmato E Deciso), Prelude III (Allegro Ben Ritmato E Deciso), Fascinating Rhythm, A Foggy Day (In London Town), In The Mandarin's Orchid Garden, My Cousin In Milwaukee, The Half Of It, Dearie, Blues, For You, For Me For Evermore, Funny Face, He Loves And She Loves, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20401b | Songbook | $22.95 | PVG


4-Star Collection : Cool N' Crazy : 00  1 CD

4-Star Collection : Cool N' Crazy

Four women on a journey, tirelessly braving the road to excellence, bring you "Cool 'n' Crazy". Rich with attitude and sass is this 4-Star release of jazz and bop-pop barbershop! Finger-snapping tunes like "Crazy 'Bout You Baby" and "Bop 'til You Drop" energize your ears from the minute you push play. The perfectly blended voices and polished dynamic expression can only prove the power and musicianship of 4-Star Collection. From "The Wee Small Hours of the Morning" to the "Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", when the CD is over one only wonders "Where Does the Time Go"? Push play again!

Songlist: Crazy 'Bout You Baby, If I Were You I'd Fall In Love With Me, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Bop 'Til You Drop, Imagination, In The Cool, Cool of the Evening, Smile, I Found a Million Dollar Baby, Toorah Loorah Loorah, Coffee In A Carboard Cup, Old Cape Cod, Where Does The Time Go?, Slap That Bass

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5462c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Bluegrass Student Union   : Legacy : 00  3 CDs :

Bluegrass Student Union : Legacy

This three-CD collection by the Bluegrass Student Union, with its stellar harmonies and faultless execution, is a must-have for any fan of barbershop and will earn many new devotees. BSU, a celebrated quartet formed in 1974 and winners of the 1978 SPEBSQSA Championship, has produced a treasure. A retrospective of their entire career, the collection includes barbershop favorites such as "Coney Island Baby" and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm." the songs from Broadway's "The Music Man" that comprised their third recording, Gershwin classics such as "Our Love is Here to Stay" and "I've Got a Crush on You," and so much more! In addition, BSU has provided extensive liner notes that explain the group history and philosophy, and reveal the musical intelligence and knowledge that is evident in their work. Another bonus is the superior quality of the recording itself, which adds to the enjoyment. Highly recommended.

Songlist: I Told Them All About You Dear (Medley), I've Found My Sweetheart Sally, When It's Darkness On The Delta, Meet Me In Rosetime Rose, Midnight Rose, Girls Medley, The Auctioneer, Eyes Medley, Just One Of Those Things, This Little Piggy, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, It's Not Where You Start/ Rose Colored Glasses Medley, Hi Neighbor, The Old Songs Medley, Biff The Friendly Purple Bear, Java Jive, The Chordbusters' March, I'm Confessin' That I Love You, Sixteen Tons, Here's To The Winners, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, The Bluegrass Gospel Medley, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Iowa Stubborn, Ya Got Trouble, Good Night My Someone, Marian The Librarian, Pick-A-Little-Talk-Little and Good Night Ladies , Shipoopi, The Sadder but Wiser Girl, and more

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5003c | 3 CDs | $59.98 | A Cappella


Ink Spots : More Memories : 00  1 CD : 2562

Ink Spots : More Memories

This CD is basically "The Best of The Ink Spots," part 2. The four Ink Spots recorded for the American Decca label from 1936 to 1951, and during that time made it to the Top 30 Hit Parade Charts with no fewer than 46 titles. Of these, 20 reached the Top 10, 6 of them making it to the number 1 slot, a phenomenal record! Here are 24 more of those hits and lesser-known but interesting titles, three of which, "I Wish I Could Say the Same," "Why Didn't You Tell Me" and "Don't Break A Promise," are re-issued here for the first time. The Spots' distinctive guitar intro, soaring falsetto of Bill Kenny, and "Hoppy" Jones' talking chorus are present on some of these songs, absent on others. "I Cover the Waterfront," "Java Jive," "Stop Pretending," "Slap That Bass," "It Isn't A Dream Anymore," "Please Take A Letter, Miss Brown," "I'll Get By," "You Were Only Fooling" these are romantic, sentimental, the-definition-of-cool, rarely-heard tunes by one of the most influential vocal groups of the 30s, 40s and 50s, and lots of them!

Songlist: Memories of You, Street of Dreams, I Cover the Waterfront, Java Jive, Stop Pretending, It's Funny to Everyone But Me, Information Please, Why Didn't You Tell Me?, I Wish I Could Say the Same, Don't Ever Break A Promise, Slap That Bass, Nothin', It Isn't A Dream Anymore, Keep Away From My Doorstep, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Please Take A Letter, Miss Brown, It's A Sin to Tell A Lie, I'll Get By, I'm Making Believe w. Ella Fitzgerald, You Were Only Fooling, Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart, I Hope to Die If I Told A Lie, Mine, All Mine, My, My, I Wish You the Best of Everything

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4618c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Some a cappella


Nightlife : Blues In The Night : 00  1 CD

Nightlife : Blues In The Night

Though not generally identified with blues, in fact barbershop does have something in common with jazz and blues alike - they are all distinctly American musical forms. As David Wright says in his liner notes describing the quartet (he also arranged four songs), "the richness of their blend evoked the texture of blues and gospel..." These 1996 gold medalists (and members of the heralded Masters of Harmony Chorus), are indeed staking out their own forty acres of barbershop territory. Sublime adaptations of the title track, "How High The Moon," "Satin Doll," "Steal Away" and "Baby It's Cold Outside" are just some of the wonderful surprises in store. While staying true to the core structure of barbershop, these arrangements are festooned with borrowed inflections from other styles, and gently evoke the romance of days gone by!

Songlist: How High The Moon, Mobile, Satin Doll, My Funny Valentine, Slap That Bass, Steal Away, When I Lift Up My Head, Blues In The Night, Ride The Chariot, London By Night, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Today, Watch What Happens, Who Will Buy?, One Moment in Time

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5397c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Philharmonix : Lazy Day : 00  1 CD

Philharmonix : Lazy Day

Rick Serpico, Amy Carr, Donna Perrone and Tom Halley are PhilHarmonix, is a mixed Barbershop/Sweet Adelines quartet founded in 1997. They are winners of the 2000 Buckeye Invitational. Included on the CD are 13 songs. Some of our favorites: the title tune, "Lazy Day," The Beach Boys' "In My Room," Gershwin's "Slap That Bass," Tom Jones' "Soon It's Gonna Rain," Randy Newman's "Dayton, Ohio-1903," and "The Rhythm of Life" by Cy Coleman. Tight harmonies and great tunes add up to a winning CD!

Songlist: Lazy Day, Straightened Up and Fly Right, Once in a While, Blue Skies, In My Room, A Whole New World, Puttin' on the Ritz, Soon It's Gonna Rain, Slap that Bass, When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along , Dayton, Ohio -- 1903, This Little Piggy Went to Market, The Rhythm of Life

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5491c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella


Platinum : Be Our Guest : 00  1 CD

Platinum : Be Our Guest

Coming in second at Anaheim, '99 - Platinum's first year in competition - they generated excitement before the first note was sung, by virtue of their pedigree. The lead, Joe Connelly, and the baritone, Tony DeRosa, were both in the mighty Keepsake, 1992's Championship Quartet. Well, that said, we expected state-of-the-art arrangements, coupled with sizzling performances, and "Be Our Guest" meets the challenge. Most of the material is outside the formal barbershop idiom, with great songs, such as "The Way You Look Tonight," "I'm Beginning To See The Light" and "What'll I Do" representative selections. The tags, of course, are stunning, with special mention going to "Who Will Buy" and the title track - what lung power. If it's subtleties you prefer, "Memories Of You," written by Eubie Blake, has harmonies layered so closely that the voices move as one - complete symmetry. The note placement and phrasing of the "Jimmy Webb Medley," arranged by Jim Clancy, allows the tonality of each voice within the harmony to blossom fully into a resplendent bouquet.

Songlist: Be Our Guest, I'm Beginning to See the Light, What'll I Do?, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, The Way You Look Tonight, Slap That Bass, Bring Him Home, Who Will Buy?, There, I've Said It Again, That Old Feeling, As Long As You're Not In Love With Anyone Else, Why Dont' You Fall In Love With Me, Undecided Medley, Memories of You, Bye Bye Blues, Jimmy Webb Medley - Didn't We / McArthur Park

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5322c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Various Artists : A Cappella Collection : 00  1 CD : 299

Various Artists : A Cappella Collection

What a wonderful collection by some of England's finest a cappella ensembles! Long-known for it's tradition of choral singing there are also smaller professional ensembles that having been performing world-class a cappella music in many cases for decades. Able to choose from the wide pool of harmony singers these ensembles have been able to maintain their excellence by replacing retiring members with new talent which also helps get the groups fresh and relevant. This budget priced CD should be a wonderful addition to your music collection.

Songlist: A Fifth of Beethoven, Hide and Seek, Weather Report, Apres un Reve, Slap that Bass, Helplessly Hoping, Steal Away, It's Sand, Man!, En Aranjuez con tu amor, This Marriage, From Russia with Love, When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease, After the Goldrush, Bachbeat, Andromeda, The Dying Soldier, Conceit, Swansongs 1, Smooth Criminal

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2637c | 1 CD | $10.95 | A Cappella


Voces8 : Aces High : 00  1 CD

Voces8 : Aces High

With a dash of danger, a hint of high society and mixture of three parts suave English gentlemen to one part beautiful femme fatale, this is the new album by vocal ensemble VOCES8. Aces High is a thrilling blend of James Bond themes and classic Jazz and Pop tunes. VOCES8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group performing repertoire ranging from early polyphony to unique jazz and popular arrangements. VOCES8 has entertained audiences across Europe, and has been praised for its stunning performance, exquisite singing and a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.

Songlist: Goldeneye, Slap That Bass, What A Difference A Day Makes, Good Vibrations, Dream A Little Dream of Me, Feeling Good, Anything Goes, From Russia With Love, Cloudy, Losing My Mind, Mack the Knife, Love of My Life, For Your Eyes Only/You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, Smooth Criminal, Nobody Does It Better

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4262c | 1 CD | $17.95 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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Slap That Bass : SATB : Larry Shackley : George Gershwin :  1 CD : 00-30990 : 038081337623

Larry Shackley : Slap That Bass

This fantastic novelty "music" song from the Gershwins features the men of your choir singing a "bass" part. Perform with live combo or SoundTrax CD. Fun staging possibilities, too!

Arranger: Larry Shackley | Composer: George Gershwin | Lyricist: Ira Gershwin

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-30990 | Showtrax CD Available


Slap That Bass : SAB : Larry Shackley : George Gershwin : Sheet Music : 00-30991 : 038081337630

Larry Shackley : Slap That Bass

This fantastic novelty "music" song from the Gershwins features the men of your choir singing a "bass" part. Perform with live combo or SoundTrax CD. Fun staging possibilities, too!

Arranger: Larry Shackley | Composer: George Gershwin | Lyricist: Ira Gershwin

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-30991 | Showtrax CD Available

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