Song of India

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composition date
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
related performer(s)
Paul Whiteman
Tommy Dorsey

Saw the connection

The flip side of “Marie,” this tune was suggested to Tommy Dorsey by Victor recording chief, Eli Oberstein. “The funny part of it was that for months, driving home at night, I had been singing to myself that lick that we used on the introduction—you know: DUH—duh deed a dee duh duh duh duh duh—DA DA—but I could never get a tune to follow that figure. As soon as Eli suggested ‘Song of India’ I saw the connection.”

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