I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

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composition date
1959
genre
Film
songwriter(s)
Duke Ellington
Peggy Lee

I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

Peggy Lee: "It’s a whole story. Ellington brought me, 'Do do do do do do.' [The first six notes of the song]. Basically that. Max Bennett pointed out that I wrote the melody on that, but I don’t know. It’s an interesting construction. I heard the melody in there, loud and clear. It suited the character of Jimmy Stewart [the lawyer in the film Anatomy of a Murder(?)]. The lawyer was looking for the murderer and he used to go out and go fishing when he wanted to think. That’s what took me away from the ugliness of murder itself and still left the feeling in it. It was an interesting project, one of the most interesting."

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