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Yankee Doodle Boy

 Words & Music: George M. Cohan
Arr: Merv Rowley and Ruth Randle, 2012

 Our selection this month is about an old English nursery rhyme and how it stirred a young man's imagination to adopt a path to fame and fortune in expressing his devout patriotism to his home in America. The young man was George Cohan, born in America of Irish parents whose profession was vaudeville entertainers. George spent his early life traveling about the country with his parents on trains. Even at an early age, he showed talent for singing, dancing and acting. As an adult, he added music and lyric composition to this list, and eventually became a producer.

His patriotism is reflected not only in his writing of Yankee Doodle Boy, but also for Over There and You're a Grand Old Flag

Notice that it starts out in the key of A, with minimal chording for the verses, and modulates to the key of D for the chorus. You may be  familiar with the chorus, but not the verses - the chorus itself will stand alone as a song. 

We hope you enjoy this old favorite.

Your 1-3-5 Team


Download files: 

Yankee Doodle Boy.pdf

Yankee Doodle Boy.tef

Yankee Doodle Boy.mid


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