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Till There Was You

The Baguette Bistro Band

· The Music

"Till There Was You" was written by Meredith Wilson for the musical play The Music Man in 1957. The song became a hit for Anita Bryant in 1959 and has been performed by many artists since. It was the Beatles who brought me to this beautiful song.

I must have been only four or five years old when I first heard the Beatles sing Till There Was You on the radio. They released it in 1963 on the record With the Beatles, but it had however been an integral part of their song program during their Hamburg days. That same year the Beatles performed the song for the Queen's Mother, amongst others, at the Queen’s Royal Variety Performance. When the song finished, the group bowed. Then Lennon stepped forward to the mike, scratched his hair and finally said: “For our last number, I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands.” He paused as the audience laughed a bit. “And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewellery.” Then, as the laughter rolled in, he took another bow. The camera then went to the Queen Mother who smiled, raised her fingers and nodded, taking it all well.

The song was followed with ‘Twist and Shout’, a perfect example of the band's versatility and the ability to appeal to all sections of an audience, moving easily from softer ballads to harder rock and roll.

Using gypsy jazz chords on the guitar and an accordion gives the song a easy listening jazz feel and Rocco’s animation brings the song to life in a beautiful way. We hope you enjoy!

- Gummi

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