Yama Yama Blues (1919)
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: S. Williams/Williams (1898-1965) Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)/V(OT)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 643
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Length: approx. 2 ¾ mins. as an instrumental. Optional vocals (tenor)
Yama Yama Blues, an early composition by Spencer and Clarence Williams, is something of a conundrum in that there is nothing blue about the lyrics proclaiming eternal love by one "Mama Mama" for her "Yama Yama Papa Papa Yama". The melody too is a happy even joyous affair which fairly flows and bubbles along and lends itself wonderfully to transcription for recorder. The cover of the original sheet music is also at odds with spirit of the song. It is dominated by a huge mysterious, masked, vaguely threatening face staring down at an apprehensive diminutive female Pierrot - a symbol of disappointed love, apparently being about to flee. Perhaps it is intended to be an allusion to the general inevitability of the eventual foundering of true love!
Yama Yama Blues was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., New York & Chicago, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a trio version of this item.
  Instruments Performer
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audiodbemp315.gif T/T/T/B/GB(B)/V(OT) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Clarence Williams Clarence Williams 1934-1937 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Clarence Williams Whoop It Up! Volume 1: 1927-1929 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Performer
youtube15.jpg Yama Yama Blues (1:56) Ragtime Dorian Henry