Cloud Kisser (1911)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: C.L. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 240
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Johnson using the pseudonym Raymond Birch with Cloud Kisser pays homage here to the then fledgling aviation industry. The cover of the original sheet music shows an appropriately attired young lady being taken for a spin in what appears to be, a Curtis 1911 pusher. The pilot operated the ailerons with a shoulder yoke on his seat, and the front elevator and rear rudder with the wheel mounted on a column in front of him. An observer's seat was located behind the pilot but here in this illustration the young lady is shown, waiting to be kissed no doubt, seated beside her hero. That's romantic and artistic freedom of expression folks!
Now back to the rag itself, it is written in AABBACCBB form with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AABBA- and CCBB-strains are in the major keys of C and F respectively. An all tenor/bass affair which the 1st tenor will particularly enjoy having all the melodies from start to finish.
Cloud Kisser was published by Chas. L. Johnson Publishing Co., Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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