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Sweet Georgia Brown

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Ben Bernie
Maceo Pinkard

Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (arr. Jay Bocook)


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Year: 1925
Duration:
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


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Program Notes

Sweet Georgia Brown is a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics).

Reportedly Ben Bernie came up with the concept for the song's lyrics - although he is not the accredited lyricist - after meeting Dr. George Thaddeus Brown in New York City: Dr. Brown, a longtime member of the State House of Representatives for Georgia, told Bernie about Dr. Brown's daughter Georgia Brown and how subsequent to the baby girl's birth on August 11, 1911, the Georgia General Assembly had issued a declaration that she was to be named Georgia after the state, an anecdote which would be directly referenced by the song's lyric: "Georgia claimed her - Georgia named her."

The tune was first recorded on March 19, 1925, by bandleader Ben Bernie, resulting in a five-week No. 1 for Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra.

The Brother Bones recording is widely known as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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