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Book: This is Bop

Chapter: The Lyrics

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41240


When writing a lyric, he would listen obsessively to the instrumental original of the tune. He believed his lyrical gift came from some mysterious source outside himself, since he was able to produce the words faster than he could write them out. For him, lyrics were poetry.

Chapter Contributors

  • Peter Jones ( - pjones4) 'Jazz singer and journalist'