Bird Gets the Worm

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"Bird Gets the Worm" is a composition by alto saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. Like many of Parker's compositions, this tune features an original melody composed by Parker, superimposed over the chord changes from a popular tune: in this case "Lover Come Back to Me". Parker only made one recording of this song, which was at 340 beats per minute, making one of his fastest recordings.[citation needed] It was released in 1949 as a 10" 78 RPM single b/w Cheryl on Savoy Records 952A.[1]

This composition appears on Cool Bird, a compilation of 1947 recordings featuring Bird accompanied by Miles Davis (trumpet), Duke Jordan (piano), Tommy Potter (bass) and Max Roach (drums), all of whom have a solo on this track.


  1. ^ "Bird Gets the Worm / Cheryl". February 19, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2017.