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Nobody’s Business

I came across sheet music for a tune called Nobody’s Business in a book of Canadian fiddle tunes. I played through it on fiddle and realized, I knew that melody. Nobody’s business is a very flexible tune that crosses genres easily.

Here’s Patti Kusturok on fiddle, with Jeremy Rusu on piano…

Could it be it’s also a New Orleans Jazz tune? Yep. Here’s Tuba Skinny.

Taj Mahal has his own take on the tune. I like his lyrics: “Candy is dandy and likker is quicker, you can drink all the likker down in Costa Rikka”.

Riley Puckett’s version is downright dark…more like a murder ballad

Somehow, it’s also a bluegrass tune….

Billie Holiday recorded a version with a big band behind her…

Turns out, it’s also a piano blues…

And yes, it’s a folk song too….

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