Mitchell Parish
The Emerald City Jazz Kings 1996-97
Sweet & Hot
Mitchell Parish
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  • Biography
  • Songs
"I always work with Mitchell Parish, he has written lyrics to six or seven of the things that I've done, and when there was so many demands for say choral editions and things like that of "Sleigh Ride" after it had become popular, then we decided to get together and write a lyric to it. Mitchell Parish is unusually good at this because he has the ability, he's written many lyrics to instrumental numbers, and this is quite a knack because you see when you write a song, the lyric writer has free rein; he's usually the one who contributes the title and other things. But here, he was stuck with the title, he had the title already, and that was not only the' subject, but he had to get the word "Sleigh Ride" in somewhere, he had to fit that word in and he had to build the lyrics around it. And this takes a very skilled writer, a very skilled lyricist; he has to know lyric poetry and, of course, he is a student of lyric poetry, he can quote Keats and Shelley, he knows them all. I asked him once if he didn't have a rhyming dictionary, he said, Oh no, I know all the rhymes. This is all rather interesting, it's all a part of his technique and part of his background. At the same time when we're working, I would suggest a couple, something with a certain rhyme, but he said I don't want to do that because so and so in his song, he used that rhyme, and that particular thing, he knows all these other lyrics so he tries to avoid what other people have done and get something that is new. So, that is how the lyric to "Sleigh Ride" came to be written."
Artwork
 Carolina Rolling Stone
(1921)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Harry D. Squires, Eleanor Young
 Riverboat Shuffle
(1924)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Hoagy Carmichael, Dick Voynow
 Star Dust
(1927)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Hoagy Carmichael
 Sweet Lorraine
(1928)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Cliff Burwell
 Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia
(1932)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Frank Perkins
 Sophisticated Lady
(1933)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Duke Ellington
 Evenin'
(1934)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Harry White
 One Morning In May
(1934)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Hoagy Carmichael
 Stars Fell On Alabama
(1934)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Frank Perkins
 Organ Grinder's Swing
(1936)
Words by Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish - Music by Will Hudson
 Deep Purple
(1938)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Peter DeRose
 Don't Be That Way
(1938)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson
 Moonlight Serenade
(1939) interpolated into Day-Time Wife
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Glenn Miller
 Let Me Love You To-night
(1939)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Rene Touzet
 The Blue Skirt Waltz
(1944)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Vaclav Blaha
 Sleigh Ride
(1946)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Leroy Anderson
 All My Love
(1948)
Words by Mitchell Parish (en), Henri Contet (fr) - Music by Paul Durand
 All My Love (Bolero)
(1950)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Paul Durand
 Volare
(1958)
Words by Mitchell Parish (en), D. Modugno (it), F. Migliacci (it) - Music by Domenico Modugno
Mitchell Parish works are featured in these The Jazz Kings 1996-97 events:
Thursday Aug 14
7:30 pDear Old Southland
Friday Aug 15
7:30 pDear Old Southland