There'll Be Some Changes Made

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"There'll Be Some Changes Made"
Published 1921
Composer(s) Benton Overstreet
Lyricist(s) William Blackston
Language English

"There'll Be Some Changes Made" is a popular song with music by Benton Overstreet and lyrics by William Blackstone [a][1] published in 1921. The song is a jazz standard, with many recordings having been made.

Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler recorded a parody version in 1990 which references the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing," particularly the line "Money for nothin' and chicks for free".

Selected filmography and videography[edit]

Selected discography[edit]

  1. Ethel Waters, accompanied by Her Jazz Masters
    Trumpet (unknown), trombone (unknown), Garvin Bushell (clarinet), possibly Charlie Jackson (violin), Fletcher Henderson (piano)
    Recorded August around 1921
    New York City
    Black Swan 2021
    Matrix P147-1
    OCLC 244487936

  2. Art Tatum
    Recorded live July 26 or 27, 1941, at Gee-Haw Stables, New York City [b]
    Art Tatum (piano), Chocolate Williams (bass)
    Ollie Potter (vocalist) (born 1900 – DOD not known)
    Onyx ORI205
    Track 8 of 8
    (see note)

  3. Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra[2]
    Recorded January 13, 1941
    (audio on YouTube)
    Marylin Duke (vocalist)
    Bobby Nichols (né Robert J. Nichols; 1924–1975) (trumpet solo)
    Bluebird B-11025-A
    Side A (matrix 060317=1)
    OCLC 80421652

  4. Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler
    Neck and Neck (album)
    Released October 9, 1990
    OCLC 22689013


Discography notes
† "There'll Be Some Changes Made," was recorded in 1941 on acetate discs by an amateur, a Columbia Student, Jerry Newman (né Jerome Robert Newman; 1918–1970), and released in the 1973. Newman's collection was the initial sole material used to launch the jazz label, Onyx Recording, Inc. (aka Onyx Records), a New York entity co-founded in 1972 by Don Schlitten and Joe Fields.[3][4]
Newman,[c] while a student at Columbia in 1941, lugged his acetate disc recording machine – a portable Wilcox-Gay Recordio "disc cutter" – to jazz clubs in Harlem, including Minton's Playhouse on 118th Street and Clark Monroe's Uptown House on 134th Street, both of which were incubators of jazz of the day, and in 1941, the beginning of bebop. Newman's collection has endured as the core library for Onyx Recording, Inc. Art Tatum[5] at Minton's in 1941, issued by Onyx after being declined by Columbia, on the LP God Is in the House.[6] At the 16th Annual Grammy Awards held in March 1974, the album won two Grammys, one for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and one for Best Liner Notes, written by Morgenstern. Newman's recordings have been issued as unauthorized records, variously over the years, but none were done so with the permission or participation of the artists or their estates.[7] The commercial value of the recordings were deemed nil; and those who acquired and distributed the recordings viewed the mission as one of curating jazz history.
The Art Tatum session at Gee-Haw Stables was the subject of a poem, "Art Tatum at the Gee-Haw Stables," by Grace Schulman.[8]


  1. ^ Benton Overstreet was a pseudonym of Billy Higgins (né William Weldon Higgins; 1888–1937)

  2. ^ Gee-Haw Stables (aka Mercedes' Gee-Haw Riding Academy), (160 to 100) West 132nd Street, between 7th (Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Boulevard) & Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard), so called because a sculpted horse's head graced the entrance (circa June 1940 to about 1945); was a tiny after-hours club where the action started around 7 am and would often go until noon. (Living with Jazz: A reader edited by Sheldon Meyer, by Dan Morgenstern; Shelden Meyer, ed., Pantheon Books, pg. 540; OCLC 54487411) In 1941, the club was owned and operated by Johnny Bradford (born 1911), who, that same year, married Una Mae Carlisle ("Singer Weds Night Club Owner," New York Age, September 27, 1941, pg. 4, col. 1) At the time of their marriage, Bradford lived at 35 West 110th Street, and Carlisle lived at the Hotel Theresa; Bradford later managed other clubs in Harlem, including:
    1. Jimmy's Famous Chicken Shack, 763 St. Nicholas Avenue (between 148th and 149th Streets), Manhattan (Sugar Hill neighborhood), opened in 1937 as Jimmy Brown's Chicken Shack at 763 St. Nicholas Avenue; Bradford became the host of Jimmie's in 1949, when it was owned by Jimmy Bacon (né James Bacon; born 1915 Georgia); the lower level of 763 St. Nicholas Avenue, once called a parlor level, is currently a small Senegalese restaurant, "Tsion Cafe & Bakery"; 763 St. Nicholas, in the 1920s and 1930s was a funeral parlor – "Charles M. Jerolomon Parlors"; in 1964 the Gee-Haw location was a Gulf Gas Station
    2. The Barnyard (1953)

  3. ^ Bill Fox (aka Bill Mink, Bill Wolf/Wolfe), Jerry Newman, and Seymour Weiss (né Seymour Michael Wyse; born 1923 in London) founded the Esoteric Record Corporation in 1949 in New York. In 1957 the label was renamed Counterpoint; and after being first sold to Eichler Records Corporation in 1960, and then to Everest Record Group in 1963, to Counterpoint / Esoteric Records. Earlier, in 1948, Newman and Wyse founded Greenwich Music Shop. In 1964, Fox moved to Vanguard Records, to become the production coordinator. Fox had been Newman's business partner with the Greenwich Music Shop


Inline citations
  1. ^ BMI Song Listings,
  2. ^ "Vaughn Monroe," The American Dance Band Discography 1917–1942 (Vol. 2 of 2), by Brian Rust, Arlington House Publishers (1975), pps. 1264–1267; OCLC 1818389
  3. ^ Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz 1954–2001, by Whitney Balliett, St. Martin's Press (2002), pg. 394; OCLC 422000268
  4. ^ "Onyx Formed, Schlitten Chief,"Billboard, July 1, 1972, pg. 3, col. 1 (bottom)
  5. ^ "The Greatest Soloist in the History of Jazz," by Lynn René Bayley, Art Music Lounge (WordPress blog), April 1, 2016 (retrieved June 1, 2016)
  6. ^ God is in the house, Art Tatum, Onyx Records, ORI 205 (LP) (1972); OCLC 3197822, 473711960
    Art Tatum (1909–1956) (piano), Frankie Newton (1906–1954) (trumpet), Chocolate Williams (bass); Ebenezer Paul (1919–1947) (bass)

        Liner notes: Dan Morgenstern
        1940: November 11
        1941: May 7, July 26–27, September 16
        Minton's, Harlem
        Re-issued: HighNote HCD 7030 (CD) (1998); OCLC 41634272

  7. ^ "Homage To Jerry Newman," by John A. Schott (born 1966), John Schott's blog at WordPress, July 27, 2015 (retrieved January 20, 2016)
  8. ^ "Art Tatum at the Gee-Haw Stables," by Grace Schulman, The Georgia Review, Vol. 58, No. 2, Poetry and "Poiēsis" (SUMMER 2004), p. 278; ISSN 0016-8386
    Republished in a compilation: The Broken String, Houghton Mifflin (2007), pps. 26–27; OCLC 71004292