Billie's Bounce

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"Billie's Bounce"
Composition by Charlie Parker
RecordedNovember 1945
Composer(s)Charlie Parker

"Billie's Bounce" (also known as "Bill's Bounce") is a jazz composition written in 1945 by Charlie Parker in the form of a 12 bar F blues. Some sources claim that the song was dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie's agent, Billy Shaw, although according to Ross Russell, Shaw's "name was misspelled"[1] accidentally. However, others claim that the song was in fact dedicated to Shaw's secretary, who was called Billie.[2] The original recording by Charlie Parker and His Re-Boppers was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]

Originally an instrumental, lyrics were added later by Jon Hendricks and by Eddie Jefferson. [4]


The original 1945 recording was performed by the following lineup:[4]


See also[edit]

Charlie Parker's Savoy and Dial Sessions


  1. ^ Russell, Ross (1996). Bird Lives! The High Life & Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80679-7.
  2. ^ ""Billie's Bounce" | Stories of Standards". KUVO. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  3. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame Archived July 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine - retrieved on 28 April 2009
  4. ^ a b Billie's Bounce at - retrieved on 28 April 2009
  5. ^ "Tina May – Live In Paris". Discogs.