Parodies, puns and assorted doodles inspired by favored tunes


1936 Instrumental by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington Lyrics by Irving Mills (hardly ever sung)rarely

The first version of the song was recorded in Hollywood in 1936 and performed as an instrumental by Barney Bigard and His Jazzopators.[1] Two takes were recorded, of which the first (Variety VA-515-1) was published. The band members were:
• Cootie Williams – trumpet
• Juan Tizol – trombone
• Barney Bigard – clarinet
• Harry Carney – baritone saxophone
• Duke Ellington – piano

Night and stars above that shine so bright
The mystery of their fading light
That shines upon our Caravan
Sleep upon my shoulder as we creep
Across the sands so I may keep
The memory of our Caravan
• Billy Taylor – double bass
• Sonny Greer – drums

Favorite Recordings

Barney Bigard & His Jazzopators
Duke Ellington
Wes Montgomery
Ella Fitzgerald
Art Blake and Jazz Messengers