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LI’L BOY LOVE
 
mx  WCO 26982 A
 
JUNE  25,  1940   *     Tuesday HOLLYWOOD
World Broadcasting System
[ for COLUMBIA Records ]   *
 

 
  32-BARS   (AABA) Key of   G / D / E Quarter Note =   142 Time:   2:59
 
 
  6-Bar Intro  +   3  CHORUSES:
 
      6  bars  –  trumpet & orchestra (Intro)  
 
      4  bars  –  clarinet  (over orch);   4  bars  –  orchestra  
      4  bars  –  clarinet  (over orch);   4  bars  –  orchestra  
      8  bars  –  orchestra   (bridge)
      4  bars  –  clarinet  (over orch);   4  bars  –  orchestra  
 
      4  bars  –  orchestra (Interlude)  
 
    32  bars  –  vocal    
 
      4  bars  –  orchestra;   4  bars  –  clarinet  (over orch)  
      4  bars  –  orchestra;   4  bars  –  clarinet  (over orch)  
    4  bars  –  CC  (over orch)   (bridge)
    2  bars  –  CC   (bridge)
  •   2  bars  –  orchestra   (bridge)
      4  bars  –  orchestra;   4  bars  –  clarinet  (over orch)  
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  TOOTS MONDELLO alto sax
  LES ROBINSON alto sax
  JERRY JEROME tenor sax
  BUS BASSEY tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  ZIGGY ELMAN trumpet
  JIMMY MAXWELL trumpet
  IRVING GOODMAN trumpet
  RED BALLARD trombone
  VERNON BROWN trombone
  TED VESELY trombone
  JOHNNY GUARNIERI piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  NICK FATOOL drums
  HELEN FORREST vocal
 
  Arranged by  LES HITE
 

 
  * Matrix assigned on   JULY 3, 1940.
  Recorded by the World Broadcasting System, Inc. (Hollywood)
  for the Columbia Recording Corp. (NYC)
 

Composed by: Frederick Hollander (Friedrich Hollaender) – lyrics by Frank Loesser
 
© VALDΙS   1/11/19


 

Li’l Boy Love  —  25 June 1940  —  WCO 26982 A   (master take)

        Transcription Page:              Guitar Solo

 



C&A:

On 25 June 1940, the band held their last studio recording date on the West Coast, an extraordinarily long session on which Charlie Christian played rhythm guitar on four recorded tunes with multiple takes.

Charles only got to solo on an eight-bar break on the second and third takes of Li’l Boy Love.  The first take does not contain the guitar-solo break;  nor does a false start between the second and third.  Charles actually gets a bit less than the eight-bar break for his solo – the band comes in before the last measure of the bridge.

On the middle chorus the talented Helen Forrest charmingly sings the lyrics directed at a cherubic naked little amorino with a bow and arrow.

WCO 26982 C   (first take)
No guitar solo on this take.


WCO 26982 B   (second take)
Charles immediately establishes the mood of his solo with an absolutely beautiful A6/9 opening phrase and continues with a suitably creative solo.

  LISTEN   Guitar Solo – second take

WCO 26982 A   (third take) – master
The lovely initial phrase is used again by Charles on this master take.  This solo follows the same basic pattern as the first and is just about as perfect.

  LISTEN   Guitar Solo – master take

 

nb:   Li’l Boy Love was released on a single six weeks after it was recorded, backed with another tune from the session.  The four tunes recorded on this date were not reissued until their release as part of a 1977 LP from a small, Pittsburgh label.  Surprisingly Li’l Boy Love remained under the radar of CC discographers for many years after that.  The alternate “B” take of Li’l Boy Love would remain under wraps unreservedly until 2002.
 

  COMPLETE MASTER TAKE          



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [78] Columbia 35594 (b/w Nostalgia)
 
  [ LP ] Jazum 50 (side B, track 1)
    Joyce 6014 (side B, track 5)
 
  [ CD ] Classics 1131 (track 17)
    Collectors’ Choice CCM-245-2 (disc 2, track 2)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 4, track 3)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 4, track 3)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 189 (track 11)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6092 (disc 1, track 14)
    Proper P1489 (track 22)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 1, track 22)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 4, track 3)
    Universe / Comet UV 129/2 (disc 2, track 14)
 
 

 



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