The Shimmie Shake (1920)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: J.S. Scott Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 128
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Length: approx. 4¾ mins. Optional vocals (tenor), words by Cleota Wilson
The Shimmie Shake is a fine song which not only glorifies and testifies to the dance's ecstatic effects but also teaches how to do the dance itself at the same time to seduce the partner.
As can be seen on the left, the cover of the original sheet music depicts an elegant scene of dancers enjoying themselves at a tea (presumably) dance in a chandeliered palm court. The motto over the heads of the dancers of "Honi soit qui mal-y-pense" ("Evil to him that thinks evil") provides a classy effect even if a little out-of-place. Incidentally the publisher John Stark also used this cover for two further Scott pieces: Tango Tea and New Era Rag (1919).
The Shimmie Shake was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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