A Night In Tunisia – Dizzy Gillespie

June 13, 2022

Today’s number one song is “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie. This song is a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and American jazz. The song has become a renowned hit and has influenced jazz music. 

“A Night in Tunisia” was written and recorded in 1942. At that time, the song was only a jazz track without lyrics. But in 1961, Ella Fitzgerald recorded a rendition of the tune and added lyrics, making the song even more famous. 

The song features Tunisia due to the American campaign in Africa during World War II. The soldiers, including African-Americans, were seen as liberators in African cities. However, those same soldiers returned to the United States and faced issues like segregation. Tunisia serves as a tie between African-Americans and their homeland. 

Fun Facts about Dizzy Gillespie:

• While Dizzy Gillespie was his chosen stage name, his full name was John Birks Gillespie

• He is recognized as one of the founders of contemporary jazz

• Dizzy was also a bandleader and a composer

• He obtained the name “Dizzy” for his antics on stage.

• The song was covered by several famous musicians, including Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, and Clifford Brown.

Lyrics

The moon is the same moon above you

A glow in its cool evening light

The stars are aglow in Tunisia

Never does it shine so bright

The cares of the days seem to vanish

The ending of day brings release

Each wonderful night in Tunisia

Where the nights are filled with peace.

The stars are aglow in heavens

But only the wise understand

That shining tonight in Tunisia

They guide you through descent sand

And words fail to tell a tale exoticto be taid

Each night’s a deeper night in a worldages old

The cares of the world seem to vanish

The ending of day brings release

Each wonderful night in Tunisia

Where the nights are filled with peace.

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