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3 Chord Club: Hits of 1958!

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by dville

This week at the 3 Chord Club we’ll travel back to a time when a 1st Class postage stamp in the USA was a mere 3 cents.  The year was 1958, and 55 years ago this week I came into a world filled with great three chords songs!

Each Friday we choose three songs from a specific artist, label or genre of music that we’ll learn by ear. All the songs will contain three chords or less (with the exception of Bonus Chord songs)! You’ll find links to the lyrics but not the chords. That’s where your ears come in. Since you know the song has only one to three chords, try to figure out the changes, or chord progression by ear while watching the YouTube video. Here’s a hint, most of the time the chords will be the I-IV & V or V7 chords. In the Key of C, that’s C-F-G or G7. Remember, the sound examples may be in various keys. As an added bonus, try to figure out the key of the recording. If you can’t figure out the original key of a song or songs refer to the Extra Credit Hints at the bottom of the post.

Don’t You Just Know It-Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns  (lyrics)
(Hint: Verse all I)

Get A Job-The Silhouettes (lyrics)
(Hint: I-IV-I-V-IV-I)

Chantilly Lace-The Big Bopper (lyrics)
(Hint: I-V-I-V-I at start)

Extra Credit Hints:
Don’t You Just Know It: Key Eb (Chords Eb-Ab-Bb)
Get A Job: Key G (Chords G-C-D)
Chantilly Lace: Key Eb (Chords Eb-Eb7-Ab-Bb)

Songs presented are for educational purposes only and used under the fair use doctrine of United States copyright law.

 

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