Same Title, Different Song

by David Tenner

Song titles cannot be copyrighted. This fact can lead to a lot of confusion when it turns out that songs with the same title are in fact two totally different songs (both in melody and in words, if any). Here are some Bix-relevant examples:

(1) (a) "Oh Baby"(Donaldson-DeSylva) played here by Bix with the Wolverines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjhTWsScrsY
(b) "Oh Baby"(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager / Owen Murphy) played here by Ted Lewis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioglY3y8jkM

(2) (a) "Sugar" (by Maceo Pinkard, his wife Edna Alexander and Sidney D. Mitchell), played here by Bix with Whiteman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPzUyctpRpw
(b) "Sugar" (by Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Frank Crum and Red Nichols), played here by...well, I'm not getting into that! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMgFQwqby4I

(3) (a) "Singin' the Blues (Robinson-Conrad), we all know this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfmzS2hYNvk
(b) "Singin' the Blues (McHugh-Fields), played here by Fletcher Henderson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKIlbuQWrfM

(What makes this last one so confusing is that Henderson also on a couple of occasions did the Robinson-Conrad "Singin' the Blues" obviously as a homage to the 1927 Trumbauer recording with Bix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZrry0o0Eik and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft3sL3_i3BA And then of course there's the the 1956 pop song "Singing the Blues" by Melvin Endsley, first recorded and released as a country song by Marty Robbins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVaypxYh8aY)

(4) (a) "Three Blind Mice" (Morehouse), played by the Chicago Loopers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e70-tybyUBw
(b) "Three Blind Mice" as played by Red Nichols in 1950 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JEgevvO49s is simply a "jazzing" of the original folk melody.

Can anyone think of other examples?

Posted on Nov 12, 2017, 5:19 PM

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