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Crocodile Rock

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Elton John

Elton John and Bernie Taupin (arr. Paul Murtha)


General Info

Year: 1972 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Cello

Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Quirky, upbeat and undeniably irresistible! From the time it was first played in the 1970s, it's been an audience favorite of young and old alike. This setting of Crocodile Rock for flexible instrumentation skillfully passes the melody around so everyone can share in the fun.

- Program Note by publisher


Crocodile Rock is a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and recorded in summer 1972. The song appears to have been strongly influenced by songs from the late 50s-early 60s ("when rock was young"), including Del Shannon's 1962 Cry Myself to Sleep and Little Darlin (recorded in 1957 by The Diamonds and The Gladiolas), and lyrically by Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and his Comets (While the other kids were rocking around the clock...).

In a 1974 lawsuit filed on behalf of Speedy Gonzales composer Buddy Kaye, it was alleged that defendants Elton John and Bernie Taupin illegally incorporated chords from Speedy Gonzales which produced a falsetto tone into the Crocodile song co-written by defendants. The parties reached a settlement between them and the case was then dismissed.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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