“Yeh Yeh” Performed by Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames (1965)

July 9, 2008


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Georgie Fame, born Clive Powell, began piano playing as a young child. By 16 he was “discovered” and began playing piano behind assorted British rockers before joining Billy Fury‘s backing band “The Blue Flames” consisting of guitarist Colin Green, saxophonist Mick Eve, bassist Tony Makins, and drummer Red Reece.

When Fury let the band go, Georgie became their new lead singer and the group became one of the top live bands playing their pop/rock/jazz blend on the London music scene.

The group finally got a record deal with EMI Columbia in 1963 and in 1964 released their acclaimed debut LP, Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo. After a few unsuccessful tries the group got a #1 hit in the U.K. with “Yeh, Yeh” in 1965. It only reached #21 in the U.S. Billboard chart — which I just don’t get because the song was very popular in my circles back in 1965.

Such a great song – Yeh, Yeh was a cover of an original latin jazz recording by Mongo Santamaria in 1958.

Yeh, Yeh – Composed by Rodgers Grant/Jon Hendricks/Pat Patrick

Well every evenin’ when all my day’s work is through,
I call my baby, and I ask her what shall we do.
I mention movies, but she don’t seem to dig that,
and then she asks me, why don’t I visit her flat,
and have some supper, and let the evening pass by,
by playing records, the sounds of groovy hi fi,
I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh, yeh”
That’s what I say

My baby loves me, she gets me feelin’ so fine,
and when she loves me, she makes me know that she’s mine.
And when she kisses, I feel the fire get hot,
she never misses, and she gives it all that she’s got.
And when she asks me if every thing is okay,
I got my answer the only thing I can say,
I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say

We’ll play a melody and turn the lights down low so that none can see.
We gotta do that! We gotta do that! Yeh, yeh. We gotta do that! We gotta do that!

And there’ll be no one else alive in all the world ‘cept you and me!
Yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh  yeh yeh yeh!

And pretty baby I never knew such a thrill,
it’s hard to tell you, because I’m trembling still,
but pretty baby, I want you all for my own,
I think I’m ready to leave the others alone.
No need to ask me if every thing is okay,
I got my answer the only thing I can say,
I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, “Yeh yeh”

We’ll play a melody and turn the lights down low so that none can see
We gotta do that! We gotta do that! Yeh, yeh. We gotta do that! We gotta do that!

And there’ll be no one else alive in all the world ‘cept you and me!
Yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh!

And pretty baby, I never knew such a thrill,
it’s hard to tell you because I’m trembling still,
but pretty baby, I want you all for my own,
I think I’m ready to leave the others alone.
No need to ask me if every thing is okay
I got my answer, the only thing I can say, I say” “Yeh yeh”

That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”
That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh” That’s what I say, I say “Yeh yeh”

“Yeh yeh!” That’s what I say, I say

This performance clip is of the group performing their #1 hit on the British television program, Ready, Steady, Go in 1965.

After a few more hits Fame broke up the group to go solo. He has had a long and productive solo career that you may read more about at both the Georgie Fame Website and the Georgie Fame Blogspot.

Hope you enjoyed this tune as much as I do.  Keep the Oldies alive!

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