Turn The Faucet On

L'amour

faucet off turn out

I have been having difficulty beginning a new post so I decided to search for ideas and I found the above quote that seemed to speak just to me.  I thought, man, that is deep.  Turn the faucet on.  Start writing.  Write anything.

So,  I decided to write about a song my father, Eddie Green, wrote in 1923 titled “King Tut Blues”.  I found out that for this song, Eddie was responsible for words and melody, and arrangement was by W. Benton Overstreet.   W. Benton Overstreet was an African-American pianist, composer and bandleader, who, in 1917 composed the song “There’ll Be Some Changes Made”, along with a man named Billy Higgins.

This has nothing to do with King Tut, but I also found out that In 1929, six years after working with W. Benton Overstreet, Eddie composed a song with Billy Higgins titled “Big Business”, that was performed in the Broadway production “Hot Chocolates”. Billy Higgins, wrote the words to “There’ll Be Some Changes Made”, to which W. Benton Overstreet wrote the music.   Billy Higgins was an African-American who was born in 1888 in Columbia, South Carolina, and became a singer and comedian. By the late 1910s, he was a top performer in a string of vaudeville shows, traveling troupes and burlesque revues.  I actually own a copy of a recording of “Big Business”.  The production “Hot Chocolates” also showcased such performers as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Andy Razaff.

Hot Chocolates 184

Some of the names on this recording are still recognized today, but Eddie’s name has sunk into obscurity.  Maybe because Eddie died in 1950.  Or, maybe it’s like my mom said, Eddie was low-key.  One of the reasons I have begun writing a book about my father, is that I want Eddie to be remembered for his contribution to the entertainment industry that flourishes today.  Because he was there.

You know, it’s hard to stop once you get started.  I guess Louis L’Amour was right.  You have to turn the faucet on.

whole lot of water

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11 thoughts on “Turn The Faucet On

    1. This is so funny. I do not know if this is the tune, because last time I looked I could not find anything. After seeing your comment I looked again and came up with THIS:

      Way over in Egypt
      Diggin’ down in the ground
      Of all the surprises,
      What do you think they found?
      They found the name of old King Tut
      Who had long since been dead,
      He had a lot of writing on the wall
      and here is what the writing said:

      CHORUS:
      Old King Tut he had the weary blues,
      Nothing else but the dreary old weary blues,
      In his land he ruled alone,
      Ev’rything that happened they carved on stone;
      He had to have a wagon to bring in the daily news.
      There was something else they saw,
      Old King Tut had a moth’r-in-law,
      And carved in the wall they found Old King Tut’s Blues.

      Patter:
      King Tut’s wife was like a willow reed,
      King Tut said,”She’s just the gal I need,
      She is long a tall and she is surely built for speed.”

      King Tut’s bed held sixteen folks or more,
      Made of stone it got the King’s back sore,
      So he gave it to his wife and he slept on the floor.

      Listing Details

      Type
      Song
      ComposerEddie Green
      Copyright1923
      PublisherClarence Williams Music Publishing Co., New York
      TypeM

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    2. I don’t know if the whole song lyrics downloaded. I am going to try again. I have never, until today, been able to find this info. Notice Eddie’s name at bottom.

      King Tut Blues Lyrics

      Way over in Egypt
      Diggin’ down in the ground
      Of all the surprises,
      What do you think they found?
      They found the name of old King Tut
      Who had long since been dead,
      He had a lot of writing on the wall
      and here is what the writing said:

      CHORUS:
      Old King Tut he had the weary blues,
      Nothing else but the dreary old weary blues,
      In his land he ruled alone,
      Ev’rything that happened they carved on stone;
      He had to have a wagon to bring in the daily news.
      There was something else they saw,
      Old King Tut had a moth’r-in-law,
      And carved in the wall they found Old King Tut’s Blues.

      Patter:
      King Tut’s wife was like a willow reed,
      King Tut said,”She’s just the gal I need,
      She is long a tall and she is surely built for speed.”

      King Tut’s bed held sixteen folks or more,
      Made of stone it got the King’s back sore,
      So he gave it to his wife and he slept on the floor.

      Listing Details

      Type
      Song
      ComposerEddie Green
      Copyright1923
      PublisherClarence Williams Music Publishing Co., New York
      TypeM

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  1. Awesome find, Elva. I do think the tune on the video is the one that goes with these lyrics. Seems to me I saw them maybe on youtube? Anyway, so glad you found the lyrics. Eddie must be pretty happy about now. 🙂

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  2. In case you haven’t come up with a copy of the lyrics yet, here you go 🙂
    (from http://arabkitsch.com/directory/king-tut-blues )
    KING TUT BLUES

    Way over in Egypt
    Diggin’ down in the ground
    Of all the surprises,
    What do you think they found?
    They found the name of old King Tut
    Who had long since been dead,
    He had a lot of writing on the wall
    and here is what the writing said:

    CHORUS:
    Old King Tut he had the weary blues,
    Nothing else but the dreary old weary blues,
    In his land he ruled alone,
    Ev’rything that happened they carved on stone;
    He had to have a wagon to bring in the daily news.
    There was something else they saw,
    Old King Tut had a moth’r-in-law,
    And carved in the wall they found Old King Tut’s Blues.

    Patter:
    King Tut’s wife was like a willow reed,
    King Tut said,”She’s just the gal I need,
    She is long a tall and she is surely built for speed.”

    King Tut’s bed held sixteen folks or more,
    Made of stone it got the King’s back sore,
    So he gave it to his wife and he slept on the floor.

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      1. … “someone” was me, I’d posted from work…
        I’m with a tiny radio station way up here in snow-bound Maine. Our format is pre 1955 music. I was hopeful we might have had a copy of King Tut Blues in our collection, but i haven’t been able to find it. I DID find a link to a very small image of the sheet music cover though. It’s pretty small, but you can clearly see your Dad’s name on it right under the title.

        I’m loving your blog & can’t wait to read your book!

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      2. Oh!!! Thank you so much, Scott Scroggins, you have given me a real boost. So glad you are reading my blog. Hope your station is well-heated. People like you that I have met during my book-writing project, keep me pumped.

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