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May 29, 2008

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Listener Greg G.

WOAH! This is outstanding, thanks. I hadn't heard the news about Hagen's death. By the way, as you probably already know, he also is the composer of the opening and closing music for Gomer Pyle, USMC.

Jonathan Steinke

Pretty snappy version by Kustomized there.

Matilda Mother

I have no proof, but SUN RA must have also done a version of the song

Krys O.

In tribute, you can listen to R. Stevie Moore's 1970s cover of Theme from Andy Griffith at this link http://www.rsteviemoore.com/cd/phonog4f.html

evilpainclown

here i have a version by the viscounts for download...also in another post on the same page i have a "cavalcade of caravan"

http://evilpainclown2.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2007-12-13T20%3A20%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=20

Resolver

Spike Jones did a version too, I believe. If memory serves, it was not a "gag" version, but played "straight," showcasing his band's abilities.

Neil

Danny Gatton did a nice semi-gonzo guitar version on his very first album, 1975's "American Music".

ranchomo

We used the Lounge LIzards version as one of our station sign-off themes at WNYU-FM in the early 80's. Very atmospheric music bed to read the FCC required lingo to.

gak

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet did a version too, originally on a 7" but included on their album "Savvy Showstoppers".

GoFrostfire.com

wow, great post, thanks

telutci

The Shadowy Men version is called 'Harlem By The Sea' by the way.

Philip Chapman-Bell

And let us not forget Yohko Ishino, belting out Teddy Boy Blues (spun off from an 80s era video game of the same name):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYG5cZBDgG4
Kind of up-tempo, kind of wtf, definitely Harlem Nocturne.

mandocrucian

"Harlem Nocturne" is used as the instrumental section on "Lonely Junkie" by Peter Stampfel & The Bottlecaps on their eopymous first album on Rounder. "Lonely Junkie" is sort of a "Lonely Blueboy" (Elvis) parody and "Nocturne" is pefect in the context! Funny lyrics about dropping his spike into the toilet etc.

Glamourbrain

What a great post! An Audio Daily Double using "Harlem Nocturne" resulted in an ignominious on Jeopardy for me some years back, which I've chronicled at http://www.glamourbrain.com/2008/10/drop-me-off-in-harlem.html - and sent readers here for the answer.

guinness

does anyone know if henry mancini did a version of this song?

i cant find one anywhere.

Zoel Sylvester

While Googling "Harlem Nocturne" by Earle Hagen, I came across WFMU's biog on Hagen and wonder of wonders, 42 beautiful versions of the song. Really great stuff. You're doing something really terrific here. Please keep it up.
Zoel Sylvester

Yehoodi

J.J.Jones also did a great R&B version on the Ebb Label..

Michael Novak

This is a great site for a great song. I have a nice version of "Harlem Nocturne" by a band called the "Jonny Cooper Orchestra," which was around in the late 30s and early 40s, I believe. I'd like to find the year they recorded it and the name of the saxaphone player. Any ideas?

Andruikas

Hi all,
I really like this site, esp this page.
Where can I find the 'Shadowy Mens' version?
I think it is this version which is used in the film 'Comic Book Confidential'. Its similar to the Viscounts version with the tremelo guitar intro, but the main riff is played on guitar also.
Thats where I first heard this tune and it has haunted me ever since.


Farky

i need a version from henry mancini...if someone has it pls email me at [email protected]

inyer

my theme song
http://myspace.com/private__dick

Jim Sweeden

Iam looking for the sheet music of the Viscounts version of Harlem Nocturne.Can anyone help me ?? Contact me at [email protected]

Egeu Laus

Don't forget Edgar Winter! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVJnaVUDk2c

Barry Greenway

Come on now - what about the MGM recording of David Rose featuring Woody Herman - is there a better version than this?

William Young

The 25th Anniversary of KBCO's Blues at the Red Rooster Lounge is coming up this weekend -- ah, those high-school nights in the 1980s when I'd lie in bed and await their Harlem Nocturne theme-song intro.

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