This is the 1st of 11 posts about our project, Give My Regards to Broadway: Classic Showtunes Reimagined.
Our first track in our project, is "Give My Regards to Broadway" by George M. Cohan. From the musical "Little Johnny Jones".
This song was chosen because we wanted something that succinctly summed up our project and worked as a title. We also knew we wanted Will Boyajian to sing/arrange some Ska for us. We went through a couple of song options, but this one won out definitely.
In February Will came to Marcus' studio and we laid down some tracks. Over the next couple weeks we recorded tracks for the rest of the instruments with such rockin' musicians as Aaron Drescher, Will Melones, Josh Plotner, and Dan Wendelken. Then, however, we had to come up with a name for our merry band. Many options were thrown out there, but we wanted a good Ska name that also was a solid Musical Theatre reference. Thus, "George 'n the Skankee Doodle Dandies" were born! I guess that makes Will, George?
Plus my mom maintains this one's her favorite, so there's that.
Check out all the tracks at www.neddonovan.com/GMRTB
George ’n the Skankee Doodle Dandies - "Give My Regards To Broadway"
From the musical "Little Johnny Jones"
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Arrangement by Will Boyajian and Marcus Thorne Bagala
Recorded at Muse Light Music and Degraw Sound (degrawsound.com)
Produced and Mixed by Marcus Thorne Bagala
Executive Producer - Ned Donovan (neddonovan.com)
Mastering by Steven “SolidGold” Goldman at Four Legs Records (fourlegsrecords.com)
Vocal - Will Boyajian
Guitar - Marcus Thorne Bagalá (marcusbagala.com)
Bass - Will Melones (willmelones.com)
Drums - Aaron Drescher
Trumpet - Dan Wendelken
Tenor Sax - Josh Plotner (joshplotnermusic.com)
Bari Sax - Josh Plotner (Again)
Photo by Danny Bristoll
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