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Banjo tablatures for Limehouse Blues

Philip Braham

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #swing music, #jazz, #instrumental, #medium-tempo

"Limehouse Blues" is a hit song authored by Douglas Furber (lyrics) and Philip Braham (music) in London. Recruited to replace an ailing Beatrice Lillie in A to Z, Gertrude Lawrence was reassigned the "Limehouse Blues" number that Lawrence stilld when she made her Broadway debut in André Charlot's Revue in 1924: Lawrence's Broadway performance of the "Limehouse Blues" number proved to be a "Showstopper", making her a Broadway star: "' Limehouse Blues ' quickly became iconic. For his 2015 album release Runnin's Wild Songs and Scandals of the Roaring '20s 2015 album release, Mark Nadler recorded "Limehouse Blues" in conjunction with "Limehouse Nights." "Limehouse Blues" gave its name to a portion of the 1946 film Ziegfeld Follies starring Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer, both in the Oriental style: the story of a coolie trying to get a fan to give to a beautiful woman who caught his attention, framing a fantasy dance sequence between Astaire and Bremer scored in the tune of "Limehouse Blues." The 1999 film Sweet and Lowdown - written and directed by Woody Allen like Alice - premieres a version of 'Limehouse Blues' performed by Howard Alden and the Dick Hyman Group: the number is entitled 'Limehouse Blues/Mystery Pacific' as Alden acts as a prelude to 'Limehouse Blues' as the train imitation that opens the Django Reinhardt composition 'Mystery Pacific.'"

  • Banjo Limehouse Blues Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    The chord changes may be intimidating, but if you have your basic rolls and Scruggs riffs down, give this one a try. It is so much fun to play!

    Banjo Limehouse Blues Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Limehouse Blues Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This Jazz tune can be found at a lot of high level bluegrass jams. Don Reno brought it into our world, along with Django fans. This arrangement has straight melody followed by perpet...

    Banjo Limehouse Blues Melodic Style
  • Banjo Limehouse Blues Single String Style

    Single String Style

    This arrangement is just the foundational melody. If you are going to play any tune you need to know it. Whether it's a bluegrass, fiddle, or jazz tune, the melody is what the chords...

    Banjo Limehouse Blues Single String Style