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Take Two

Runnin' Wild

 

 

 

Take Two

 

Runnin' Wild was first written and recorded back in 1922. It was a collaborative composition with music by Arthur Harrington Gibbs and lyrics by Joe Grey and Leo Wood.

Songwriter A.H. Gibbs was a pianist, composer and conductor born on Christmas Day 1895 in Savannah, Georgia. He went to New York in 1913 where he mainly worked as a pianist for dance orchestras. By 1923 he was leading his own orchestra, eventually touring Europe in 1929 and 1930.

Songwriter Joe Grey was an actor and singer, educated at LaSalle University. He was an advertising salesman and then a stage manager in England and Europe, before becoming an actor in London in 1915. He went on to sing in a trio in night clubs for fourteen years.

Leo Wood was born in San Francisco and is probably best remembered as the songwriter of the 1920s hit Somebody Stole My Gal, but he also wrote lyrics for many of the top songwriters of the day. Apart from Runnin' Wild, he also wrote the Paul Whiteman jazz standard Wang Wang Blues, and Mean Old Bed Bug Blues under the pseudonym 'Jack Wood'.

Runnin Wild Sheet Music

 

 

My gal and I, we had a fight
And I'm all by myself
I guess she thinks now that she's gone
I'll lay right on the shelf
I'm gonna show her she's all wrong
No lonesome stuff for mine
I won't sit home, all alone
She'll soon find that I'm
 
Runnin' wild, lost control
Runnin' wild, mighty bold
Feelin' gay, reckless too
Care free mind all the time, never blue
Always goin' don't know where
Always showin', I don't care
Don't love nobody, it's not worth while
All alone, runnin' wild. Runnin' wild

 

 

 

There have been many recordings of Runnin' Wild during and since the 1920s, the two most remembered perhaps being Glenn Miller's 'all stops out' version and Marilyn Monroe singing the song in the movie Some Like It Hot.

 

For our Take Two versions however, we are going elsewhere. Our first 'take' is by the Hot Sardines in a studio recording from 2016. This is a happy recording with a tidy arrangement, some nice solos and with the percussive addition of some neat tap dancing by "Fast Eddy" Francisco.

The Hot Sardines is an American band formed in New York City in 2007 by artistic director, singer, and writer Elizabeth Bougerol and artistic director, actor and pianist Evan Palazzo. You can read a lot more about them here.

 

 

 

 

When I first met that gal of mine
It seemed just like a dream
But when she tho't she had me right
She started actin' mean
Like mary led her little lamb
She led me all the time
Until the worm had to turn
That's the reason I'm
 
Runnin' wild ......

 

Our second 'take' is somewhat different. This is the Champian Fulton Quartet [Champian Fulton (piano, vocals), Stephen Fulton (flugelhorn), Adi Meyerson (bass), Ben Zweig (drums)] playing Runnin' Wild in New York City also in 2016. Champian was presenting her album After Dark ' a swingin' celebration featuring the music of Dinah Washington'. There are solos here from Champian and her father, Stephen Fulton, quite different to those of The Hot Sardines.

Born in Oklahoma, Champian grew up with music in her home and her mother and father recognized her fascination with music at an early age. The presence of her father’s musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, inspired her focus on jazz. Her first paid musical engagement was with her own band at Clark Terry’s 75th Birthday Party - she was just ten years old. Since then, her piano and voice skills have been recognized by peers and critics as distinctive and sophisticated. Nominated as a Rising Jazz Star by the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, Champian was also named 'Pianist and Vocalist of 2019' by Hot House magazine's Readers' Poll. You can read more about her here.

 

 

 

 

No gal will ever make a fool of me
No gal! I mean just what I say
I ain't the simpleton I used to be
Wonder how I got that way  
Once I was full of sentiment, it's true
But now I got a cruel heart
With all that other foolishness I'm through
Gonna play the Villain part
 
Runnin' wild,  lost control
Runnin' wild, mighty bold
Feelin' gay, reckless too
Care free mind all the time, never blue
Always goin' don't know where
Always showin', I don't care
Don't love nobody, it's not worth while
All alone, runnin' wild. Runnin' wild

 

 

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