Wives and Lovers and Triple Meters

Just learned a fascinating fact from this interview of Burt Bacharach.

Listen to his hit song “Wives and Lovers” sung by Jack Jones in 1963

And now sung by Frank Sinatra accompanied by Count Basie and His Orchestra

The change from triple to quadruple meter was necessary because “The Basie band can’t play in 3/4” said producer Quincy Jones.

Reminds me of the fact that Charlemagne could read but couldn’t write because the two skills weren’t taught together.


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