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Miss Otis Regrets

Music by Cole Porter

"Miss Otis Regrets" is a song composed by Cole Porter in 1934, and first performed by Douglas Byng in Hi Diddle Diddle, a revue which opened on October 3, 1934, at London's Savoy Theatre. According to Charles Schwartz’s 1977 book, "Cole Porter: A Biography," "Miss Otis Regrets" began as entertainment during a party at the New York apartment of Yale classmate Leonard Hanna. Hearing a cowboy’s lament on the radio, Porter sat down at the piano and improvised a parody of the song.

“Miss Otis” entered the lexicon of American pop culture, its enormous popularity and commercial success indicated when, a year later, Al Dubin and Harry Warren included an homage to Miss Otis in their song "Lulu's Back In Town," written for the 1935 film "Broadway Gondolier." A man sings about getting ready for a date with Lulu, focusing all his attention on this awesome girl who's visiting town after having moved away: "You can tell all my pets, all my blondes and brunettes, Mister Otis regrets that he won’t be around.”

    Release Date: 1934

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Various Arrangers : Vocal Jazz for Womens Voices : SSAA : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Vocal Jazz for Womens Voices

A great collection of vocal jazz arrangements by some of the best arrangers in the genre. Bette Midler's sass is captured in this fast, furious and fun arrangement by Deke Sharon of Cole Porter's Miss Otis Regrets. Andrew Sisters-esque 3 part melody above a walking bass line punctuated by brassy horn (vocal) passages. A great "Story Song", works well as a closer or encore. The Thelonius Monk ballad "Round Midnight" most recently featured in the movie of the same name. This arrangement starts with "wind" sounds, a rubato intertwing introduction, then spotlights tense cluster voicings supporting a female soloist throughout. With imaginative reharmonizations, yet good voice leading, this chart is extremely effective and accessible. "For All We Know" - A lush four-voice a cappella ballad for soprano soloist. The inclusion of the verse at the end is inspired by Mark Murphy's rendition. Commissioned by the New York-based chorus Women Singing, the Scottish folk song "The Skye Boat Song" is written to evoke images of the stark beauty of the Highlands. The melody that tells the legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie is supported by water ripples and wind that the background voices weave together. In the middle section, the story is told by a narrator. Take a journey through the poetic landscape with rich harmony and soaring lines.

Songlist: The Skye Boat Song, For All We Know, Round Midnight, Miss Otis Regrets

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Voicing: SSAA | 7682b | Sheet Music | $11.95 | A Cappella


Ward Swingle : Swingle Jazz 2 : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Ward Swingle : Swingle Jazz 2

Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets" is an ironic tale of betrayal, revenge and punishment in the form of a minidrama compressed into some 48 measures. It's surely one of the most startlingly original standards in the repetoire. Arranged for 19 voices, "Chatanooga Choo-Choo" was made famous by Tex Benecke, the Modernaires and the Glenn Miller Band. Ward Swingle has attempted a faithful, entirely vocal, adaptation. Also included in this package is "You're The Top."

Songlist: Chatanooga Choo Choo, Fascinating Rhythm, You're the Top, Miss Otis Regrets

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Swingle Singers | 9048b | Sheet Music | $13.95 | A Cappella


Cole Porter : The Platinum Collection : Solo : Songbook : 9780571527991 : 12-057152799X

Cole Porter : The Platinum Collection

This is The definitive songbook - a truly magnificent collection containing 50 of Cole Porter's best songs for piano and voice with guitar chords. All songs have been newly engraved and thoroughly researched and edited to provide the best edition available! No other series can claim to be as definitive as Faber Music's new Platinum Collection.

Songlist: All Through The Night, Another Op'nin, Another Show, Anything Goes, Be A Clown, Be Like The Blue Bird, Begin the Beguine, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Don't Fence Me In, (You'd Be So) Easy to Love, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, From This Moment On, Get Out Of Town, Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye, Hey, Good Lookin', I Get A Kick Out of You, I Happen To Like New York, I Love Paris, I Love You, I'm A Gigolo, In The Still Of The Night, I've Got You Under My Skin, It's All Right With Me, It's De-Lovely, Just One Of Those Things, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Let's Misbehave, Love For Sale, Miss Otis Regrets, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 8507b | Songbook | $22.25 | Voice and Piano


Cole Porter : The Cole Porter Song Collection - Volume 1 - 1912-1936 : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088687465 : 0739062301 : 00322236

Cole Porter : The Cole Porter Song Collection - Volume 1 - 1912-1936

This is the first of a two-volume series presenting highlights from the career of Cole Porter. Volume one documents 50 songs from his early career, from 1912 until 1936. The book includes a song-by-song analysis, rare images of original sheet music, informal shots from Porter's scrapbooks, and publicity stills from motion pictures and Broadway. Titles: Anything Goes - Begin the Beguine - Easy to Love - I Get a Kick Out of You - It's De-Lovely - I've Got You Under My Skin - Just One of Those Things - Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) - Love for Sale - Miss Otis Regrets - Night and Day - What Is This Thing Called Love - You Do Something to Me - and more.

Songlist: Why Shouldn't I?, You've Got That Thing, Anything Goes, After You, Who?, I'm In Love Again, All Through The Night, Longing For Dear Old Broadway, Miss Otis Regrets, You Do Something To Me, Begin The Beguine, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, It's Bad For Me, The Laziest Gal In Town, Down In The Depths (On The Ninetieth Floor), Ours, Easy To Love (You'd Be So Easy To Love), Buddie Beware, Looking At You, Wake Up And Dream, Don't Look At Me That Way, Which, They All Fall In Love, Experiment, How Could We Be Wrong, The Physician, I'm Unlucky At Gambling and I'm Unlucky In Love, You Don't Know Paree, The Great Indoors, Take Me Back To Manhattan, How's Your Romance?, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20320b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG

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