Pop and Novelty

A Couple of Swells

One of the most memorable scenes from Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" is Fred Astaire and Judy Garland singing and clowning in hobo attire to this charming song! Young choirs will love recreating the performance, and the music is irresistible! 

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A Hundred Million Miracles

This charming song from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Flower Drum Song" makes an excellent addition to Broadway repertoire for a women's chorus.

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Button Up Your Overcoat

For the holidays or any time of year, it's so important to follow the simple advice in this song. "Eat an apple every day, get to bed by three. Take good care of yourself, you belong to me!"  This bouncy, swingin' arrangement of the 1928 pop novelty is the perfect lighter number for your young choir, and a guaranteed audience pleaser! 

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Dominick the Donkey

A little donkey helps Santa Claus bring presents to children in Italy in this delightful novelty arrangement. Various Italian words and expressions are used throughout with easy part writing and plenty of “hee-haws” for all! available in 2 and 3 pt. mixed.

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Donde Esta Santa Claus

¿Donde Está Santa Claus? adds south-of-the-border flair to the night before Christmas. Mariachi trumpets, claves, maracas, and the click of the castanets will make this spirited two-part novelty piece a new favorite for your holiday program.

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Don’t Let the Rain Come Down

From the height of the folk music revival of the 1960s, this hit single by the Serendipity Singers was a favorite of audiences young and old! With lyrics based on the English nursery rhyme and an irresistible refrain, your singers will love recreating the sound of the era! 

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Everything Old is New Again

Wonderful energetic song from the hit musical Boy from Oz, written by Peter Allen, perfect for top hat and cane choreography!

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Feliz Navidad

Jose Feliciano's popular holiday song has been successfully adapted for younger choirs in this arrangement that features a nice Latin beat, a great P/A CD and optional parts for mariachi trumpets. It's a cheery holiday greeting card for elementary choirs with all the Latin fixings. Sweet! 

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Frosty Hand Jive

Frosty is truly a part of every holiday season. Here's a hand jive for your holiday program that includes "Frosty the Snowman". It'll be fun for everyone! Based on "Frosty the Snowman". Words and music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins / "Hand Jive" and arrangement by Jill Gallina.

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Happy Xmas/War is Over

"So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, a new one just begun..." This timeless song became a holiday standard when it was first released in 1971. Now in this beautiful, simple choral setting, it is the ideal pop partner-song arrangement for your holiday concert. "War is over now." Highly recommended!

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Holly Jolly Christmas

Everyone wants to hear this pop classic during the holidays, and Jill Gallina's catchy, singable arrangement really delivers!  Use the choreography suggestions on the back page to make it even more entertaining!   

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I Got Love

This feel-good song from the musical "Purlie" brims with enthusiasm from beginning to end! Well-crafted for middle school and beginning high school women's groups, this is the song that won Melba Moore the Tony Award in 1970! 

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I Enjoy Being a Girl

SSA groups will have a blast with this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein song from "Flower Drum Song." It's cute, campy, and lots of fun!

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I Just Can’t Wait to be King!

Winning six Tony Awards in 1998 and with more than 5000 performances, "The Lion King" is one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time! Now in an easy arrangement for young voices, this energetic show-stopper for young Simba has all the appeal of the original version! 

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I’ll Be There For You

Here's the theme from "Friends," one of the most successful television series in recent memory that has developed a massive audience during its long-standing run. Now that the show will be ending this season we can certainly expect to see it in reruns for many years to come. Jill has created a wonderful arrangement! 

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It’s the Holiday Season

No song better captures the season than this infectious holiday hit! Popularized by Andy Williams, it has become part of the pop fabric of holiday songs and is now available to be sung and enjoyed by your choirs in a variety of different voicings. Open or close with this perennial favorite. Available separately: SATB, SAB, 2-part, StudioTrax CD.

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

This novelty pop tune from 1953 captures all the wacky humor of having a pet hippopotamus - perfect for the lighter moment in your holiday concert! Bouncing with musical fun, the entertaining lyrics will delight your audiences, who are sure to agree that "...only a hippopotamus will do." Highly recommended! 

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I Want to Be Happy

This oldie by Vincent Youmans from the Broadway show "No, No, Nanette" still delivers a positive message for people young and old. It's easy and fun to sing in this partner-song setting with a delightful original tune by Jill Gallina. You'll find it impossible not to feel happy when you hear this!   

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Kooky Kookaburra

The popular Australian nursery rhyme about a laughing bird is full of fun in this half-spoken, half-sung arrangement.  Interesting historical notes are included, to help you teach your young students about "down under" while they have a blast with this clever rap-style novelty! 

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La Cucaracha

"Ay, ay, ay, ay!"  Everyone knows this Mexican folk song, now available in a super arrangement for two-part voices. Spanish and English lyrics are included, with Spanish pronunciation as a subtext. Use the salsa-style recorded accompaniment for an over-the-top cross-cultural experience! 

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Long Distance, Please

Here's the perfect opportunity to do cell phone choreography!  It's a cute, show-bizzy novelty with brief solo phrases and fun stuff for speech-choir.  The big-band recorded accompaniment is a knockout! 

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Mambo Italiano

From Rosemary Clooney to Lady Gaga, and countless television and movie appearances in between, this hit single continues to entertain with this new choral arrangement. Upbeat, rhythmic, and pure fun, this is a perfect novelty number for any performance.

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Mister Santa

A Christmas nod to Mister Sandman, this Pat Ballard song is a must for the holidays. Perfect for either your 2-part choir or women's ensemble. Complete with “bum bum bums”, this letter to Santa is sure to entice your listeners - even Scrooge! Available: SSA; 2-Part; StudioTrax CD.

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Our School Song

Bring teachers, students, parents and the entire school community together with this spirited song that uses speech-choir phrases to get its positive message across.  It's all about working together and respecting one another - perfect for assembly programs, opening exercises, or commemorative occasions.  You can even include your school's name in the lyrics. 

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Papa Loves Mambo

This delightful Latin feature was a sensation for Perry Como in 1954, and your group will make a sensation of their own with this two-part arrangement! A great Latin track provides the spice, and the natural breaks in the melody line make for a perfect guy/girl feature that begs to be choreographed! Whether you're teaching about Latin music or you just want to have a blast, this one's the piece for you! A guaranteed hit! 

 

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Pardon the Expression

Teach your students everything they could possibly need to know about dynamics and expression with this clever, entertaining choral.  All of the dynamic markings are contained within the lyrics, letting singers execute the proper dynamics as they sing about them.  Staging suggestions are included.  A popular choice for classroom, concert or contest! 

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Positoovity

From the theatrical production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," this song sung by Scuttle, the wise seagull, gives Ariel a pep talk to build confidence for using her new found human legs. The song's message creates a positive energy which transcends the theater and communicates to people of all ages. A super showcase for young singers!

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Put On a Happy Face

This popular standard from the Broadway musical "Bye, Bye, Birdie" is arranged for younger voices using its original bright and bouncy feel. A great number to showcase both pop and concert choirs! 

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

How about a little rock-n-roll this holiday? For mixed ensembles, women's groups, or children's voices, this Johnny Marks favorite will have your audience in a '50s rockin' mood! “Everyone dancin' merrily in the new, old-fashioned way!” Available: 3-Part Mixed; SSA; 2-Part; StudioTrax CD.

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Someone Like You

Here is the standout ballad from the dark, dramatic Broadway musical "Jekyll & Hyde" in an accessible setting for mixed and women's chorus.

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That’s Amore

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore!" Who could resist this Italian pop novelty? It will have your audience singing and swaying along! A fantastic change of pace for choirs at all levels!

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The Banjo’s Back in Town

It's impossible to keep your foot still when you hear this!  Jill has added a bouncy original partner melody to this energetic 1920s-style song, and the result is a novelty number with great choreography potential. "Vo-de-o-do, vo-de-o-do, how I love that banjo beat... Clap your hands all together now, the banjo's back in town!"     

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The Cutting Edge with Solfege

"If you love to sing, you must know do, ti, la, sol, fa, me, re, do.  It's a method called 'solfege,' you see."  So begins this humorous and educational choral by Jill Gallina.  It takes the chorus on a melodic journey of scales and intervals, reinforcing what is being taught in the music classroom as well.  "...soon your singing will be out of sight, sol do!" 

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The Greatest Love of All

"I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride..." The inspiring lyrics of this hit from the seventies have made it a perennial favorite. Now Jill has arranged it with charm and simplicity for today's developing choirs. 

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They Call the Wind Maria

Jill Gallina has masterfully arranged this great Broadway classic from "Paint Your Wagon."  Your young choirs will love it and your audiences will appreciate hearing it often.   

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The Wind Beneath My Wings

his song was a huge hit back in the early eighties, and it's still popular today. Now, in this sensible, singable arrangement, today's students can enjoy it too! "Did you ever know that you're my hero, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings..." Your students will want to sing this again and again! 

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Three Little Fishies

"Boop-boop dittem dattem whattem Chu!" Today's young students will have so much fun singing this, they won't care that it was a pop novelty hit way back in 1939!  With some speech choir and a little drama (when the fishies meet a shark), this arrangement is just delightful! 

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Turn the Beat Around

Disco lives in this rappin' groovin' and jivin' arrangement that has the track and the style to appeal to kids of all ages! Think about movement and lighting effects on this one! An absolute must!

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Twistin’ at the Hop

Showcase your young choirs and demonstrate their dance moves with this 4-minute medley of classic fun favorites! Easy to learn and highly entertaining, this sock-hoppin' medley includes: At the Hop; Let's Twist Again; The Loco-motion and Peppermint Twist.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater

This novelty choral began as a commission for the Fort Bend Boys Choir. The song presents a perfect opportunity to add choreography and fun Christmas sweaters to your performance. As it is available in SATB, 3-Part Mixed, and 2-Part Treble voicings, it works perfectly as an all school choral event, or a colorful grand Finale for your holiday concert. Your may even choose to invite parents and attendees to wear their funniest Christmas sweaters to the event! 

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Winter's in the Air

This infectious easy to learn winter song lends itself perfectly to creative dramatization, costumes, and choreography! Be sure to watch the charming video for some engaging ideas! 2 pt.

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