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UNDECIDED - history

In November 1937 trumpeter Charlie Shavers joined a big band that played regularly at the Onyx Club, one of the many small jazz venues on New York's 52nd Street at the time. Also a composer and arranger, he began to write original compositions for the band. One instrumental was sent to the publisher without a title. The publisher sent a wired message (the 1930s version of a "text message"!) asking what was the name of the composition, as yet without lyrics. Shavers responded by wire: "UNDECIDED," because he had not thought of a title yet. The publisher thought the word "Undecided" was the title.

Sid Robin added lyrics, using the accidental title, and the song was published in 1938, when the first recording by John Kirby and the Onyx Club Boys was released. Later versions by Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb in 1939 and the Ames Brothers in 1951 became big hits.

Summarized from an article on jazzstandards.com
http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-1/undecided.htm

 



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