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may 2019

Table 1: Songs using flat-seventh progressions, 1953-1963

 





  Appendix to: "The magnificent flat-seventh"
by D. Pinter
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Performing artist Song title Year   Progression Comment

Adam Faith: "First Time" 1963 I/5 → bIII → II → bVII → I Intro hook.
      II → bVII → I  
Adam Faith: "So Long Baby" 1963 I → bVII → I Intro.
Andy Williams: "Can't Get Used To Losing You" 1963 IV → bVII → V → I  
      I → V → bVII  
      I → bVII → V  
Astronauts, The: "Baja" 1963 I → bVII → I  
      bVI → bVII → I The bVI → bVII → I progression works as a cadence to re-establish the homekey when returning from the key of bIII.
Beach Boys, The: "Custom Machine" 1963 bVI → bVII → V  
Beach Boys, The: "In My Room" 1963 ii → bVII → I  
      ii → bVII → V → I  
Beach Boys, The: "Lonely Sea" 1963 I → bVII → bVI → V  
Beach Boys, The: "Our Car Club" 1963 IV → bVII → IV  
Citations, The: "Moon Race" 1963 I → bVII → I Instrumental hook.
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Bachelor Boy" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Cougars, The: "The Rustler" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Cougars, The: "While The City Sleeps" 1963/'64 I → bVII → V  
Dickie Loader: "Teen Machine" 1963 I → bVII → I From South Africa.
Dionne Warwick: "Don't Make Me Over" 1963 I → iii → bVII → IV This song was written by Burt Bacharach, just like Del Shannon's "I Wake Up Crying" elsewhere in this list.
Four Pennies, The: "Do You Want Me" 1963 I → bVII → V → vi  
Four Seasons, The: "Candy Girl" 1963 I → bVI → bVII (→ I)  
Gerry and the Pacemakers: "Don't You Ever" 1963 I → bIII → bVII → II  
Gerry and the Pacemakers: "Here's Hoping" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Hollies, The: "Now's The Time" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Jack Nitzsche: "The Lonely Surfer" 1963 I → bVII → bVI → V → IV → bIII → ii → I  
Jaguars, The: "Jaguar" 1963 IV → bVII → IV The 1963 version differs from the 1959 release.
      I → bVII → I Instrumental.
Jan and Dean: "Surf City" 1963 ii → bVII → V → I Released in March 1963.
Jay and the Americans: "Only In America" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Joe Brown and the Bruvvers: "What's The Name Of This Game" 1963 I → bVII → I  
John Leyton: "Another Man" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Johnny Fortune: "Midnight Surf" 1963 IV → bVII → IV  
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates: "Ecstasy" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates: "Hungry For Love" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates: "I'll Never Get Over You" 1963 I → IV → bVII → V → I  
      I → IV → bVII → bVI → bIII  
Murmaids, The: "Icicles And Popsicles" 1963 I → iii → bVII → IV  
Orlons, The: "Don't Throw Your Love Away" 1963 iv → bVII → I  
Pastels, The: "Jungle Run" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Rick Nelson: "For You" 1963 V → bVII → V  
Righteous Brothers, The: "Little Latin Lupe Lu" 1963 IV → bVII → IV  
Searchers, The: "Saturday Night Out" 1963 I → bVII → I  
Shadows, The: "Atlantis" 1963 I → bVII → V → I  
Shadows, The: "I Want You To Want Me" 1963 IV → bVII → I  
Shadows, The: "Round And Round" 1963 I → bVII → IV → I  
Starfires, The: "Hand Full of Blood" 1963 I → bVII → I  

Beach Boys, The: "Heads You Win Tails I Lose" 1962 I → bVII → bVI → V  
Benny Spellman: "Fortune Teller" 1962 I → bVII → V  
      V → bVII → I  
Billy Roberts: "Hey Joe" 1962 bVI → bIII → bVII → IV → I First commercial release in 1965.
Brenda Lee: "It Started All Over Again" 1962 I → bVII → V → I  
Brook Benton: "Shadrack" 1962 I → bVII → I Hook dominating the whole song.
Crickets, The: "I'm Not A Bad Guy" 1962 I → bVII → IV  
      I → bVII → I  
Drifters, The: "On Broadway" 1962/'63 I → bVII → I With pedal bass.
Everly Brothers, The: "How Can I Meet Her" 1962 I → bVII → bVI → V  
Everly Brothers, The: "Nancy's Minuet" 1962/'63 I → bVII → I  
Everly Brothers, The: "No One Can Make My Sun Smile" 1962 V → bVII → V  
      V → bVII → I  
      V → bVII → vi  
Fentones, The: "Lover's Guitar" 1962 I → bVII → I Instrumental, intro only. A cover version by Jose Mari's Electromaniacs uses I → bVII → bVI → bVII → I, in only parallel thirds though.
Gerry and the Pacemakers: "How Do You Do It?" 1962/'63 bVII → VII → I  
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass: "The Lonely Bull" 1962 I → bVII → bVI → V → I Instrumental chord progression.
Jay and the Americans: "She Cried" 1962 I → bVII → I Recorded in spring 1962.
      I → bVII → bVI  
      bVI → bVII → I  
Joe Brown and the Bruvvers: "It Only Took A Minute" 1962 I → bVII → I  
      bVII → VII → I  
Joe Brown and the Bruvvers: "Picture Of You" 1962 I → bVII → V → I  
John Leyton: "Lone Rider" 1962 I → IV → bVII → V → I  
Link Wray: "Poppin' Popeye" 1962 bVI → bVII → I Recorded in March 1962. Other versions of this track are "Ace Of Spades" and "Fatback" (1962). The latter uses an extra bVII-pattern: bVI → bVII → IV.
Marty Wilde: "Jezebel" 1962 I → bVII → I  
Ronnie Carrol: "Ring-A-Ding" 1962 I → bVII → I  
Sam Cooke: "Twistin' The Night Away" 1962 I → bVII → I Intro hook.
Searchers, The: "Some Other Guy" 1962 V → bVII → I  
Shadows, The: "1861" 1962 I → bVII → V  
Shadows, The: "Dakota" 1962 I → bVII → V  
Shadows, The: "Kinda Cool" 1962 iv → bVII → V  
Shadows, The: "Tales Of Raggy Tramline" 1962 iv → bVII → V  
Shadows, The: "Wonderful Land" 1962 I → bVII → I  
      I → V → bVII → IV  
      I → IV → bVII → V  
      IV → bVII → V → I Ends phrase after modulation towards the key of the subdominant.
Shane Fenton and the Fentones: "It's Gonna Take Magic" 1962 I → bVII → I  

Bert Wendon: "Mr Guitar" 1961 bVII → VII → I Intro hook.
      I → bVII → I  
Bo Diddley: "Not Guilty" 1961 I → bVII → I Guitar fill.
Bobby Darin: "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" 1961 I → IV → bVII → bIII  
Del Shannon: "I Wake Up Crying" 1961 IV → bVII → I This song was written by Burt Bacharach, just like Dionne Warwick's "Don't Make Me Over" elsewhere in this list.
Dickie Loader: "Heatwave" 1961 V → bVII → V  
Everly Brothers, The: "Muskrat" 1961 I → bVII → I  
Everly Brothers, The: "Temptation" 1961 I → bVII → I  
Everly Brothers, The: "That's Old Fashioned" 1961/'62 I → bVII → vi → V → IV Quick chord stream.
Jimmy Dean: "Big Bad John" 1961 I → bVII → I Vocal harmony intro hook.
Joe Brown and the Bruvvers: "Popcorn" 1961 I → bVII → I  
John Leyton: "Fabulous" 1961 I → bVII → I  
      I → bVII → VII → I  
John Leyton: "Thunder And Lightning" 1961 I → bVII → I  
John Leyton: "Wild Wind" 1961 I → bVII → I  
Link Wray: "Tijuana" 1961 I → bVII → I  
Patsy Cline: "Crazy" 1961 I → bVII → vi A passing chord in the backing vocal harmony.
Shadows, The: "36-24-36" 1961 I → bVII → IV → V  
Shadows, The: "All My Sorrows" 1961 I → bVII → I  
      I → bVII → vi  
Shadows, The: "Find Me A Golden Street" 1961 I → bVII → IV → I  
Shadows, The: "Mustang" 1961 I → bIII → bVII → I  
Shadows, The: "Peace Pipe" 1961 (I →) IV → bVII → V → I  
Temperance Seven, The: "You're Driving Me Crazy" 1961 I → IV → bVII → biii  
Tony Sheridan: "Why" 1961 I → bVII → I For this recording Sheridan was backed by the Beatles.

Bo Diddley: "Mumblin Guitar" 1960 I → bVII → I Guitar hook.
Bobby Sanders: "Knock Knock Love" 1960 I → bVII → I  
Catalinas, The: "Destruction" 1960 I → bVII → I Power chords only.
      V → bVII → I  
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Lamp Of Love" 1960 I → bVII → I  
Donnie Brooks: "Doll House" 1960 I → bVII → I Looped hook.
Donnie Brooks: "Mission Bell" 1960 I → bVII → I  
      I → bVII → bVI → V  
Dorsey Burnette: "Hey Little One" 1960 I → bVII → I Backing chords.
Duane Eddy: "Because They're Young" 1960 I → bVII → I  
      I → bVII → V  
Elmer Bernstein: "The Magnificent Seven - Main Theme" 1960 V → bVII → I  
Everly Brothers, The: "Love Hurts" 1960 I → bVII → IV → I Slow hook.
Everly Brothers, The: "Sleepless Nights" 1960 IV → bVII → III  
Everly Brothers, The: "So How Come" 1960 I → bVII → IV → I Hook.
Gamblers, The: "Moon Dawg" 1960 I → bVII → I  
Joe Brown and the Bruvvers: "Swagger" 1960 I → bVII → I Instrumental hook.
Joe Jones: "You Talk Too Much" 1960 I → bVII → I  
Joe Meek: "Happy Valley" 1960 I → bVII → I  
Link Wray: "Ramble" 1960 I → bVII → IV → I  
      IV → bIII → bVII → IV  
      I → bVII → IV → V →→ bVII → IV → bII → I  
Little Anthony and the Imperials: "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop" 1960 I → bVII → I  
Marty Wilde: "Johnny at the Crossroads" 1960 I → bVII → I  
Olympics, The: "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" 1960 I → IV → bVII → bIII This song is a cover from a 1919 original.

Billy Grammer: "Bonaparte's Retreat" 1959 I → bVII → I Hook.
Coasters, The: "Poison Ivy" 1959 I → bVII → I Hook.
Everly Brothers, The: "Poor Jenny" 1959 I → bVII → I  
Flamingos, The: "I Only Have Eyes For You" 1959 I → bVII → V  
Frantics, The: "Straight Flush" 1959 IV → bVII → IV  
Jane Morgan: "With Open Arms" 1959 I → IV → bVII → I  
      I → iii → bVII → I  
Jay Livingston and Ray Evans: "Bonanza - Opening Theme" 1959 bVII → V → I Instrumental.
Jimmie Rodgers: "I'm Never Gonna Tell" 1959 I → bVII → I  
Nat King Cole: "Midnight Flyer" 1959 IV → bVII → IV  
Pat Boone: "Fools Hall" 1959 I → bVII → I  
Revels, The: "Midnight Stroll" 1959 I → bVII → V Vocal harmony.
Twisters, The: "Count Down 1-2-3" 1959 I → bVII → I  

Bill Haley and his Comets: "Skinny Minnie" 1958 I → bVII → I Hook.
Bill Justis: "College Man" 1958 bVII → VII → I Guitar hook.
Bo Diddley: "Dearest Darling" 1958 I → bVII → I Hook.
Bo Diddley: "Hush Your Mouth" 1958 I → bVII → I Guitar hook.
Buddy Holly: "Well All Right" 1958 I → bVII → I Backing chords.
Buddy Knox: "Somebody Touched Me" 1958 I → bVII → I  
Dale Hawkins: "La-Do-Dada" 1958 I → bVII → I Backing chords throughout the song.
Everly Brothers, The: "Bird Dog" 1958 I → IV → bVII → V → I Guitar hook.
Everly Brothers, The: "Claudette" 1958 I → bVII → I Guitar hook.
Everly Brothers, The: "Problems" 1958 I → bVII → IV → I Quick hook.
Jimmie Rodgers: "Froggy Went A Courtin" 1958 I → bVII → I Intro only.
Jimmie Rodgers: "Oh Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again" 1958 I → bVII → I  
Laurie London: "He's Got The Whole World I His Hands" 1958 I → bVII → I Only in the instrumental intro.
Link Wray: "Rumble" 1958 I → bVII → I Instrumental. [*]
      I → bVII → V  
Paul Anka: "Lonely Boy" 1958/'59 I → bVII → IV → I Looped guitar hook.
Ronnie Isle and the Blisters: "Wicked" 1958 I → bVII → V  
Searchers, The: "Wow Wow Baby" 1958 I → bVII → I Only vocal harmony. Note: this is the American and not the British band going by the same name and mentioned elsewhere in this list.
Tony March: "Show Down" 1958 I → bVII → I With pedal bass.

Bo Diddley: "Hey! Bo Diddley" 1957 I → bVII → I Vocal harmony hook.
Bo Diddley: "Mona" 1957 I → bVII → I Guitar hook.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets: "Not Fade Away" 1957 IV → bVII → IV  
Buddy Holly: "Everyday" 1957 IV → bVII → bIII → bVI → V  
Buddy Knox: "Rockabilly Walk" 1957 IV → bVII → IV Guitar riff.
Champs, The: "Tequila" 1957/'58 I → bVII → I This number one rock'n' roll instrumental may have contributed largely in habituating the radio audience to the bVII. The instrumental hook is looped in the "verses". The bass plays 5th degree for the bVII guitar chord.

Bo Diddley: "Nursery Rhyme" 1956 I → bVII → I Guitar hook.
Carl Perkins: "Right String Wrong Yoyo" 1956 I → IV → bVII → bIII Traditional. Beatles' precursors and Liverpudlians Gerry and the Pacemakers recorded this song in 1963.
Slim Whitman: "I'm A Fool" 1956 bVII → VII → I Guitar fill.

Bo Diddley: "Bo Diddley" 1955 I → bVII → I Guitar riff.
Bo Diddley: "Pretty Thing" 1955 I → bVII → I Guitar riff.

Frank Sinatra: "Young At Heart" 1954 I → bVII → bVI → bV Chord stream in the instrumental intro.
Les Paul and Mary Ford: "I Really Don't Want To Know" 1954 I → bVII → iiidim  

Eydie Gormé: "Frenesi" 1953 I → bVII → I Occurs only once in the instrumental intro.
Vicki Young: "I Love You So Much" 1953 bVII → I Only in the intro. The backing chords use the VII chord instead.
 
  Table 1: Songs using flat-seventh progressions, 1953-1963
   
  Note
[*] Generally Link Wray uses full chords and not just power chords as other sources suggest. Reportedly this song was recorded back in 1954. Return to text
   
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