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Riverboat Shuffle
Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra Lyrics

All you cotton toters,
Mississippi floaters,
Gather all about!
Gather all about!
Got some things to tell ya.
Not a thing to sell ya.
Listen and you'll all find out.
What I'm about to say
WIll take your breath away,
So, come a little closer,
Just a little closer,
Got a lotta news to shout! Say!

Good people, you're invited tonight
To the Riverboat Shuffle!
Good people, we got rhythm tonight
At the Riverboat Shuffle!
They tell me that slidepipe tooter is grand,
Best in Loosianna;
So bring your freighter, come and alligator that band.
Mister Hawkins on the tenor!
Good people, you'll hear Milenberg Joys
In a special orches-stration!
Even Mamma Dinah will be there to strut for the boys
I'n a room full of noise.
She'll teach you to shuffle it right,
So, bring your baby;

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish, Dick Voynow

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brad kay

Once again, after hearing it for the two hundredth time, "Riverboat Shuffle" remains diamond-bright, luscious and shiny. Bix actually is playing three parts: his solos and breaks, the ensembles, and when he DOESN'T play. His absence in the the four bars before the big finish is profound. This record is as total an expression of joy as is physically possible among humans. NASA should launch a third Voyager probe to send OKeh 40822 out to the deprived aliens.

Ealswythe Angelic Realms

Maybe the recent sightings of all these UFO's are aliens visiting us looking for original Okeh 78's of Trumbauer's orchestra with Bix.

Trygve Hernæs

One of the greatest of all recordings with Bix. The whole session is just fantastic, sound quality included.

Tal Sydney Lightbody

That Bix sound, this is one of greatest early jazz recordings I’ve heard

Ronald Hockett

Yes, the sound quality, happy feeling, and “modernistic” touches make this one of the best Bix-Tram records. Bix’s and Murray’s solos are outstanding! Although all the discographies list Tram as playing C-melody on this, he is quite clearly playing an alto as evidenced by his first break on the last chorus going to the high “F” (Ab concert), well above the range of a C-melody. Plus it just SOUNDS like an alto! (Think Jimmy Dorsey)


Trumbauer is actually just on regular C-melody sax; he was not averse to hitting semi-altissimo notes such as this one (he went up to Bb concert in a later live performance on the same instrument!!).


Maybe my favourite jazz recording of all time ! So "modernistic" for 1927. The pics of the boats are fabulous too . Thank you Emrah


And they sound like they are having the time of their lives!

Per Olof Rydeström

They did!

Giovanni Rivoira

To me the best Bix solo on Okeh along with Three blind mice.Something unbeliavable!!!Thank you so much!!!

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