Oscar Pettiford Songs

Songs written by OSCAR PETTIFORD

(25 of his compositions are registered with BMI: Oscar Pettiford’s BMI credits.)

  1. AH DEE DONG BLUES BMI WORK 12390. Rockaway Music Corporation, BMI.
  2. AW! COME ON
  3. AWKWARD LIZZ Etude in: Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing
  4. BASS MAN’S D-DAY The Library of Congress Catalog of copyright entries: “Bass man’s D-day; melody Oscar Pettiford. © 1 c. July 14, 1944; E unp. 382 407; Leeds music corp., New York. 26656″
  5. BIRDLAND AFTER DARK (legal title) aka BOHEMIA AFTER DARK. BMI WORK 117850. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  6. BLUES IN C aka OSCAR’S BLUES
  7. BLUES IN THE CLOSET aka COLLARD GREENS AND BLACK EYED PEAS. BMI WORK 132852. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI. – Copyright Office entry: Blue (sic) in the closet. Registration Number / Date: RE0000141468 / 1982-11-04; EU0000345782 / 1954-01-29. Copyright Claimant: Harriet Pettiford (W) & Oscar Pettiford, Jr. (C)
  8. BLUES IT
  9. BOHEMIA AFTER DARK alternate title of BIRDLAND AFTER DARK. BMI WORK 117850. – Copyright Office Registration Number / Date: RE0000183624 / 1983-12-12; EU0000404083 / 1955-07-18. Copyright Claimant: Harriet Pettiford (W) & Oscar Pettiford, Jr. (C)
  10. CABLE CAR BMI WORK 167459. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  11. CELLO AGAIN BMI WORK 193702. Rockaway Music Corporation, BMI.
  12. CELLO FOR CELLO TWINS
  13. CHANCE IT (legal title) aka MAX MAKING WAX aka SOMETHING FOR YOU. BMI WORK 196976. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  14. CHASIN’ THE BASS (?)
  15. COLLARD GREENS AND BLACK EYED PEAS aka BLUES IN THE CLOSET
  16. CREEPER (with NAT PIERCE) BMI WORK 257562. Lively Arts Publishing Co., BMI.
  17. DEAR OLD HOME STOCK Etude in: Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing
  18. DON’T DRIVE THIS JIVE AWAY (with ESTELLE EDSON)
  19. DON’T SQUAWK BMI WORK 327610. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  20. EMPTY BED BLUES. Correction by Phil Schaap: “Empty Bed Blues” is by J.C.Johnson and, despite the label credit on the Manor 78, should not be attributed as an Oscar Pettiford composition.
  21. FOR BASS FACES ONLY BMI WORK 432266. 
  22. GENTLE ART OF LOVE, THE BMI WORK 460366. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  23. GOLDEN TOUCH, THE (with Quincy Jones)
  24. I GET THE MESSAGE (lyrics by GRETHE KEMP)
  25. I’VE GOT A SONG (with OTTO HAENNING)
  26. IN A CELLO MOOD (with HARRY BABASIN) (? EP says: by Babasin). In fact: Harry Babasin is the sole composer; this is confirmed by Von Babasin, Harry Babasin’s son. See also MONTI CELLO.
  27. JACK THE FIELD STALKER BMI WORK 756153. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI. – Copyright Office Registration Number / Date: RE0000141471 / 1982-11-04; EU0000359364 / 1954-05-27. Copyright Claimant: Harriet Pettiford (W) & Oscar Pettiford, Jr. (C)
  28. KAMMAN’S A’ COMIN’ BMI WORK 792832. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  29. KINDA TIPSY Etude in: Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing
  30. LAVERNE WALK, THE
  31. LOW AND BEHOLD BMI WORK 933781. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  32. MAX (IS) MAKING WAX aka CHANCE IT aka SOMETHING FOR YOU
  33. MONTI CELLO (with HARRY BABASIN). – In fact: Harry Babasin is the sole composer; this is confirmed by Von Babasin, Harry Babasin’s son. He wrote: “Monti Cello – which he actually called Monti Celli when he and Oscar played the recorded duet on the Imperial 1952 release. In fact, my father re-recorded Monti Cello (this time with only one cello) on a later album he recorded with his group, The Jazzpickers.” – See also IN A CELLO MOOD.
  34. MONTMARTRE BLUES BIEM
  35. MY LITTLE CELLO BIEM
  36. NO STUFF (probably alternate – or original? – title of DON’T SQUAWK; sa next entry) BMI WORK 1078139. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  37. NO STUFF DON’T SQUAWK BMI WORK 1078140. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  38. NOGA’S NUGGETS. Dedicated to Johnny Noga, commander of the Black Hawk in San Francisco. 
  39. NOW SEE HOW YOU ARE (with WOODY HARRIS) BMI WORK 1091447. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  40. OP MEETS LT (with ELI LUCKY THOMPSON) BMI WORK 1099683. Second Floor Music, BMI. 
  41. OLD RELIABLE by Lucky Thompson or by OP (Benny Golson opts for OP).
  42. ORIENTAL CELLO BLUES alternate title of AH DEE DONG BLUES
  43. OSCALYPSO
  44. OSCAR RIDES AGAIN BMI WORK 1135755. Modern Age Music Company, BMI.
  45. OSCAR’S BLUES aka BLUES IN C
  46. PENDULUM AT FALCON’S LAIR BMI WORK 1162956. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  47. PLUCKIN’ THAT THING (with Sam Price) The Library of Congress Catalog of copyright entries. Part 3: Musical compositions: “Pluckin’ that thing; by Sam Price & Oscar Pettiford; pf. treble. © 1 c. Apr. 5, 1944; E unp. 370517; Northern music corp.; New York. 18644.”
  48. QUITLY WALKING Etude in: Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing. – Should probably read: QUIETLY WALKING.
  49. SOMETHING FOR YOU (with Irving Berman). – The Library of Congress Catalog of copyright entries. “PETTIFORD, OSCAR. Something for you; music by O. Pettiford and Irving Berman. © 8-29-46; Leeds music corp, New York; EU 37160.” – See above: CHANCE IT (BMI). 
  50. SUNRISE SUNSET BMI WORK 1431487. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  51. SVINNINGE BLUES In: Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing
  52. SWINGIN’ TILL THE GIRLS COME HOME BMI WORK 1443542. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI. – Copyright Office entry: Swingin’ ’til the girls come home. Registration Number / Date: RE0000183623 / 1983-12-12; EU0000384306 / 1955-01-26. Copyright Claimant: Harriet Pettiford (W) & Oscar Pettiford, Jr. (C)
  53. TALKIN’ BOUT “HEY NOW”
  54. TAMALPAIS LOVE SONG (legal title) aka TO THE WINDS. BMI WORK 1456219. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI. – Copyright Office entry: Tamalpais love song to the winds; a sontatina (sic). Registration Number / Date: RE0000141469 / 1982-11-04; EU0000345783 / 1954-01-29.Copyright Claimant: Harriet Pettiford (W) & Oscar Pettiford, Jr. (C)
  55. TIP TOE TOPIC (with DUKE ELLINGTON) ASCAP Title Code 500085554. – Copyright Office Registration Number / Date: EU0000265071 / 1952-02-19; E0000080112 / 1980-12-10. Copyright Claimant: Harriet Pettiford (W) & Oscar Pettiford, Jr. (C)
  56. TO THE WINDS (alternate title of TAMALPAIS LOVE SONG) BMI WORK 1456219
  57. TRACTATISM (legal title) aka TRICROTISM. BMI WORK 1538544. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI. 
  58. TRICROTISM (alternate title of TRACTATISM) BMI WORK 1538544. Orpheus Music Inc., BMI.
  59. TRICOTISM aka TRACTATISM aka TRICROTISM. BMI WORK 1544543. Onyx Publ.
  60. TWO LITTLE PEARLS BIEM
  61. UBAS (credited to OP on Red Rodney’s album “Fiery” 571124; more likely composed by Louis “Sabu” Martinez; see 570606 & 570613)
  62. UP AND OUT Etude in: Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing
  63. WHY NOT, THAT’S WHAT (lyrics by LEE GAINES)
  64. WOODIE (with WILLIAM COLEMAN) BMI WORK 1691353. EMI Unart Catalog

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