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Harry James


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  • 1939
  • 1964
  • 1940
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“Ciribiribin” is a merry Italian ballad in three quarter time, composed by Alberto Pestalozza in 1898 with lyrics by Carlo Tiochet. . It quickly became popular and has come to be recorded by many artists. The distinguishing feature of the song is repeated use of the five note phrase that forms the song name. In the lyrics the name is always given the pronunciation “chiribiribee”. This allows singers to hold the vowel at the end as long as they like, giving their performance great flair and drama. In the same way the song is a spectacular natural for the trumpet. By the 1920s it had become such a solo piece for that instrument that if a boy was invited to play in a variety show in those days it was a safe bet this would be the song he played. It was the favorite song of Harry... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Harry James Ciribiribin Lyrics

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More songs by Harry James (See Charts): Bess, You Is My Woman, It'S Been A Long, Long Time, and Sleepy Lagoon.

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