Dumbell (1922)
A "Stumbling" Fox Trot Full Of "Tricks"
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: Z. Confrey Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)/V(OT)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 347
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Length: approx. 4¾ mins. Optional vocals (tenor)
Dumbell, just like its companion piece Stumbling (1922), also has an engaging sub-title to whit: A "Stumbling" Fox Trot Full Of "Tricks". In one fell phrase, Confrey succeeds in subtly advertising two more of his 1922 compositions - the aforementioned Stumbling and Tricks (1922).
The song itself is an inane but charming ditty telling the story of boy meets girl, boy takes girl to dance and learns new steps. Boy finds girl dumb and does not pursue her further. Boy, obviously a bore, becomes a stay-at-home, buys a radio, listens to dance and is reminded of girl. What a ninny!
If you enjoyed Stumbling then you will equally enjoy Dumbell. This recorder adaptation being an all tenor/bass affair really profits from being accompanied by a singer.
Dumbell was published by Leo Feist, New York, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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