[JPL] Song for My Father, 1st vocal version

Lenny Mazel lenmaz1 at adelphia.net
Mon Mar 7 09:24:37 EST 2005

The listener is undoubtedly thinking of "Senor Blues," which Bill recorded
with Horace in 1958.

Here are a couple of candidates for first vocal version, from the Tom Lord

[B3894-5] George Benson
Clark Terry (tp) Garnett Brown (tb) Arthur "Babe" Clarke, George Marge
(ts,fl) Paul Griffin (celeste) George Benson (g) Chuck Rainey (el-b) Leo
Morris (d) The Sweet Inspirations (vcl)
New York, November 1968
105820    I remember Wes    Verve V6-8771, Pol 1-6084, (G)2391242
105821    Carnival joys
105822    Song for my father
105823    You make me feel like a natural woman

[T2497-5] Leon Thomas
Spirits known and unknown:
James Spaulding (as,fl) Pharoah Sanders (ts) [as Little Rock (ts) ] Lonnie
Liston Smith (p) Richard Davis, Cecil McBee (b) Roy Haynes (d) Richard
"Pablo" Landrum (bgo) Leon Thomas (perc,vcl)
New York, October 21 & 22, 1969
    The creator has a master plan    Flying Dutchman FD10115, FD10164
    Song for my father
    Damn nam [Ain't goin' to Viet Nam]
    Malcolm's gone
    Let the rain fall on me

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Arturo" <arturo893 at qwest.net>
To: "jazzproglist at jazzweek. com" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 4:15 PM
Subject: [JPL] Song for My Father, 1st vocal version

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> A listener called in asking us to play what he referred to as the first
> vocal version of Horace Silver's "Song For My Father". He informed us that
> at the same time the Ble Note Lp was released, the one with Horace's dad
> the cover, Blue Note records issued a 45rpm single vocal version of the
> with Bill Henderson singing. I did a AMG search and came up empty. Does
> anyone know if the listener's account is accurate? I could not find any
> reference to a Bill Henderson vocal version of Song for my Father.
> Thanks in advance.
> Arturo Gómez
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