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    Registered User Martin Jonas's Avatar
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    Default Save The Last Dance For Me & Sea Of Heartbreak

    I've been playing around with an old songbook today, "101 Rock 'n' Roll Hits for Buskers". Here are a couple of fairly straightforward instrumental covers, mainly to try out a few ideas on how to play bass lines on my new mandocello. The mandolin simply plays the vocal line.

    Instrumentation for both songs is:

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Ozark tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello

    1) Sea Of Heartbreak (Hal David/Paul Hampton): This was a big hit for Don Gibson in 1961, and has more recently been covered by Johnny Cash (backed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and by Roseanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen.





    2) Save The Last Dance For Me (Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman): A Number One for Ben E King & The Drifters in 1960, and covered by lots of acts since. A very simple tune, and I've kept it plain -- works pretty well on mandolin.

    [MP3=2]http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=117445&d=1396207018[/MP3]



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    Default Re: Save The Last Dance For Me & Sea Of Heartbreak

    Sea of Heartbreak came out as a Jimmy Buffett / George Strait combo on Buffett's recent "License to Chill" album. "Sea..." is a great tune.
    ...Steve

    Current Stable: Two Tenor Guitars (Martin 515, Blueridge BR-40T), a Tenor Banjo (Deering GoodTime 17-Fret), a Mandolin (Burgess #7). two Banjo-Ukes and five Ukuleles..

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    Default Re: Save The Last Dance For Me & Sea Of Heartbreak

    Martin good job. Looks like you had a lot of fun.
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    Default Re: Save The Last Dance For Me & Sea Of Heartbreak

    Great!
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    Default Sea Of Heartbreak & Pretend

    Here's an updated recording of "Sea Of Heartbreak", made last week. Great fun on mandolin!

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar



    Plus another old song from the same tunebook, here is "Pretend", written in 1952 by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman & Frank Lavere. The best-known recording was by Nat King Cole, a US No. 3 hit in 1953. Other hit versions were by Alvin Stardust (as a rockabilly tune) and by Don Williams (as a country ballad).

    My instrumental cover is based on a transcription in a wonderful old music book ("101 Rock'n'Roll Hits for Buskers"). Melody on mandolin with a tenor guitar and mandocello rhythm.

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello



    Martin

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