2021 Song Draft- Round 6 Pick 8: ‘In The Mood’- Glenn Miller
In the Mood – Glenn Miller
Album: Released as a single
Written by: Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf, Joe Garland
What happens when two members from the latter part of the greatest generation decide to wait to have a child past the baby boom? You get a gen xer that has a weird sense of musical taste. I grew up listening to a lot of the big band era music. There were times growing up that I knew more about Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey than I did about what was contemporary.
The big band era simply could not happen today. There would be so many lawsuits and arguments on who stole or sampled what tune from whom that it would be easier to not record a darned thing.
This is best summed up in the following that I borrowed from Wikipedia – “In the Mood” was an arrangement by Joe Garland based on an existing melody. Lyrics were added by Andy Razaf. The main theme with repeated arpeggios rhythmically displaced appeared under the title “Tar Paper Stomp” and was credited to trumpeter Wingy Manone. Manone recorded “Tar Paper Stomp” on August 28, 1930, in Richmond, Indiana, and released it as a 78 single for Champion Records under the name Barbecue Joe and his Hot Dogs. It was re-released in 1935 by Wingy Manone’s Orchestra.
Horace Henderson used the same riff in “Hot and Anxious”, which was recorded by his brother Fletcher Henderson on March 19, 1931, for Columbia under the name the Baltimore Bell Hops. Don Redman recorded “Hot and Anxious” for Brunswick in 1932.
Under copyright laws, a tune that had not been written down and registered with the copyright office could be appropriated by any musician with a good ear. Manone raised the similarity between “Tar Paper Stomp” and “In the Mood” to Joe Garland and to the publisher Shapiro, Bernstein, and Company of New York. Manone also discussed the issue in DownBeat magazine.
“Tar Paper Stomp” was copyrighted on November 6, 1941, as a pianoforte version by Peer International.
Got all that? This song is a staple of just about any show that is set in the World War II time frame. It reminds me of a time that I try to understand, but it also reminds me of listening to my parents other vinyl records on our stereo system, something that I just cannot explain to anyone who was not there.
Hope you enjoy listening to In the Mood.