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I've Found a New Baby (1926)

Origin and Chart Information
“The session’s results are electrifying ... and Christian’s solo blisters with his genius.”

- Chris Tyle

AKA I Found a New Baby
Rank 78
Words and Music

Jack Palmer
Spencer Williams

On January 22, 1926, Clarence Williams’ Blue Five introduced “I’ve Found a New Baby.” Eight years later, in 1934, a Mills Brothers recording of the song rose to number nineteen on the pop charts. The song was on the charts again in 1939 as the Harry James Orchestra rendition rose to number fourteen.

 

Clarence Williams was equal parts businessman and musician (jug, piano, vocals) who wrote or co-wrote scores of hits (more...)

 

Chart information used by permission from
Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954

Williams and Spencer Williams (no relation) wrote numerous songs together, their best known of which is 1919’s “Royal Garden Blues.”

 

Spencer Williams was born and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana. He moved to Chicago in 1907 and began his career (more...)

 

Jack Palmer, a self-educated pianist and composer was born in Nashville, Tennessee. Amongst jazz standards, (more...)

“I’ve Found a New Baby” is included in the repertoire of almost every traditional jazz band. It is attractive as an improvisational vehicle, allowing not only the individual musician creative vistas but the group ample opportunity to share solos. The lyrics speak of a happy fellow who has fallen hard for a pretty girl. The jargon is definitely the patter of the 1920’s, “Tells me lies, but she’s wise, naughty eyes, mesmerize I vow, and how, I don’t mean maybe!”

Music and Lyrics Analysis

Musical analysis of “I've Found a New Baby”

Original Key D minor, moving to relative major of F; temporary false key change to “C” major in second half of “B”
Form A – A – B – A
Tonality Primarily minor, ending in major
Movement “A” is a downward arpeggiated figure, embellished with chromatic lower neighbors and a passing tone. “B” consists of two downward-moving scale patterns that contain lower neighbor embellishing tones.

Comments     (assumed background)

A fairly repetitive song with a simple chord progression that originally served as the vehicle for novelty lyrics. The “A” harmonic progression is i – V7 – i (with a passing bVI7 chord that serves as a secondary dominant in the role of N6/V). “B” starts on V7 going to i, then repeats this a step lower diatonically, making the sequence V7 – I in the new temporary key before a V7/i modulation back to the original key–all very unequivocal with few surprises.
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Soundtrack Information
I've Found a New Baby” was included in these films:
  • Sweet and Low Down (1944, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra)
  • New York Stories (1989, Wilbur de Paris and His New Orleans Jazzband)
  • Mighty Aphrodite (1995, Wilbur de Paris and His New Orleans Jazzband)
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Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grapelli

La Quintet Du Hot Club De France
1998, ASV 5267
Original recording, 1935
Not only is this an entertaining recording of some superb gypsy swing but an important one as well, as the listener is treated to the intuitive interplay of two masters in their heyday.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

The Inevitable
1995 Mammoth Records 980105
A rousing rendition from the new breed of swing band. The Squirrel Nut Zippers prove that the energy of the song really is timeless.

Matt Wilson

Smile
1999, Palmetto
Eclectic drummer Matt Wilson charms the listener with a challenging version of the song.

Lester Young Trio

Lester Young Trio
1994, Polygram 521650
Original recording, 1946
Though the album title suggests a trio this track is actually played by one heck of a septet. This all-star group includes Dexter Gordon, Buddy Rich, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, and Nat “King” Cole.
Jazz History Notes

Brilliant electric guitarist Charlie Christian was hired by Benny Goodman in 1939 to be part of his smaller “band-within-a-band” which had, by 1940, expanded from a trio to a sextet. Goodman’s 1940 recording of “I’ve Found a New Baby” includes ex-Duke Ellington trumpeter Cootie Williams (who had recently joined Goodman) and guests, pianist Count Basie and his drummer, Jo Jones.

The session’s results are electrifying. The rhythm section of Jones, Basie and bassist Artie Bernstein light a fire under the other band members, and Christian’s solo blisters with his genius. Although his career was brief (he died in 1942 from tuberculosis), Christian’s influence on jazz guitarists continues to this day.

Chris Tyle - Jazz Musician and Historian


Charlie Christian

The Genius of the Electric Guitar
Sony 40846
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Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams

YearRankTitle
192678I’ve Found a New Baby
1924507Everybody Loves My Baby
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