A month earlier Charlie Christian had recorded four tunes on a Lionel
Hampton session. Then, on 12 October 1939, he was again invited to participate in a
Hampton small band recording date. This time he got only one bona fide solo, on a
tune entitled Haven’t Named It Yet.
On this last song of the October session, The Heebie Jeebies Are Rockin’ the
Town, Charles is assigned the four-bar intro (unaccompanied chords), and he
can be heard playing obbligati behind all the vocals. On the previous
Hampton session, Charles had played chords between the
words of the ballad One Sweet Letter From You. Here he plays single-string
background behind the words (which have scant gaps between them). The vocals
are mostly nonsense phrases by Hampton with some exclamations by Red Allen.
This a novelty blues jump.
Charles also plays some chordal background on the trombone solo on this
alternate take: mostly double-stop ♭3 / 5, the lower note being bent up on
the held notes. Also, there’s some very fine CC filigree on the “Interlude”
of this take which does not appear on the master take.
BS-042943-1 master take
Hampton revised the song to the extent that this listener finds it hard to
recognize, other than the title (also altered) and some of the chord
changes, as the 1920s song attributed to saxophonist Boyd Atkins. An
observation of trivial import: Charles holds some of his notes on this song
longer than on any other (on both takes). The master take was released
for the Christmas holidays of 1939.