Sh’Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)

thSZAJZ56V  Right-Click to Save    “Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang, boom ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay”.  Okay, the opening lyrics to this tune are just plain goofy, but they’re fun and that’s what this song is all about.  If you’re looking for a cute little ditty that’ll entertain your audience and make them tap their feet, this one never fails.  We started doing “Sh’Boom” about fifteen years ago and it made me go buy a vocal harmony processor to have even more fun with it.  Even young crowds liked it and I always got a smile from the club manager – and that’s a good thing.

“Sh’Boom” is an early doo-wop song written in 1954 by members of the R&B group The Chords.  The song was also recorded that same year by The Crew Cuts and that version became the mainstream hit.  It stayed #1 on the charts for nine weeks and has been covered by, well… almost everybody.  It is the quintessential example of what doo-wop was all about – one lead vocal and 2 or 3 backup singers doing tricky things behind the lead.  This kind of music just makes me happy – and there’s not a word about beating up women or killing cops.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I hate hip-hop… doesn’t make me the least bit happy (just an aside).

So trot this one out to your younger crowds (the older ones already know and love it).  This is a long arrangement but it’ll keep your people on the dance floor for awhile.  I used flute and trombone on the first two tracks for vocals, but mute those tracks and there’s plenty of room for two or three or four singers to doo-wop themselves all over the place.  And remember… life can be a dream – if you do it right.

(Pop/Rock list)


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