Sweet Georgia BrownWords & Music by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey (1925?)
Recorded by Louis Armstrong, 1949
E7 No gal made has got a shade on Sweet Georgia Brown; A7 Two left feet but oh so neat, has Sweet Georgia Brown. D7 They all sigh and wanna die for Sweet Georgia Brown; G D7 G B7 I'll tell you why, you know I don't lie...much. E7 It's been said she knocks 'em dead when she lands in town; A7 Since she came, why it's a shame how she coos 'em down. Em B7 Em B7 Fellers she can't get are fellers she ain't met. G G/F# Bm7-5 E7 A7 D7 G Georgia claimed her, Gergia named her, Sweet Georgia Brown. E7 Bm7-5 E7 Cdim E7 Bm7-5 E7 No gal made has got a shade on Sweet Georgia Brown; A7 Em7 A7 Cdim A7 Em7 A7 Two left feet but oh so neat has Sweet Georgia Brown. D Am7 D9 Am7 D Am7 D7 They all sigh and wanna die for Sweet Georgia Brown;, D7/F# G G/F# D7 D7+5 G G/F# B7 I'll tell you just why, you know i don't lie, not much! E7 Bm7-5 E7 Cdim E7 Bm7-5 E7 All those tips the porter slips to Sweet Georgia Brown;, A7 Em7 A7 Cdim A7 Em7 A7 They buy clothes at fashion shows with one dollar down, Em B+ B7 B7/F# Em B+ B7 B7/F Oh boy tip your hats, oh joy, she's the "cat's" G G/F# Bm7-5 E7 A7 D7 G Who's that, mister? 'Tain't her sister -- Sweet Georgia Brown.
Few songs in the history of music have been recorded by so many different artists from so many different genres. Allmusic.com lists more than 1,100 releases. It has been done by just about everyone from Pat Boone to the Beatles, from Bing Crosby to Buddy Greco, by most of the big bands, by vocal groups from The Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers to The Los Angeles Jazz Choir, by virtually all of the giants of jazz, even country artists from Roy Rogers to Willie Nelson. Yet the first version that often comes to mind is the whistled recording to which The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team still does their warmup routine before games.
Suggested by, and based in part on a chart provided by, Eddie Dolan.