Panorama Jazz Band - I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday

from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You by Panorama Jazz Band and Panorama Brass Band plus special guests

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"I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" is a number written by Fats
Domino and Dave Bartholomew and recorded by everybody from
Bobby Mitchell and the Toppers (1957) to Paul McCartney (30 years later). Our version (30 years after Sir Paul's) is patterned after Domino's own 1959 reading on Imperial Records that made it to #1 on the US R+B chart.

Steve kicks off the party with a big tuba "whoop" leading into a gang shout that recalls a New Orleans second-line. Ben then delivers the tune, akin to a children's street rhyme, as a self-confident hot-shot bragging that he'll soon be too good for his old friends. The vocal chorus is followed by inspired blows by Charlie on trombone and Tomas on alto saxophone, propelled by the rhythm section, Steve
driving the bass counterpoint, with Ben giving verbal encouragement.

One thing you can say about Fats Domino, a musician who has influenced everybody in pop music right on up to the Beatles and the rest. He has never forgotten where he came from. We played a wedding back in March and afterwards one of the banquet waiters came over to us and said, "y'all played one of my favorite songs" (referring to "Wheel"). Turns out Fats Domino is his uncle. When asked after Mr Domino's well-being, he told us that Fats, now 89 years-old, has moved out of his old house in the Lower 9th Ward, lives with his daughter out in Harvey and loves nothing more than to stay home and boil fresh seafood in the back yard with his friends, family and neighbors.

As for us, our big break is right around the corner and when it hits, you can find us by the pool in Beverly Hills.

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I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you

Everything about to go my way
And I won't need nobody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you

You may cry cry cry
You were high high high
You be wondrin' why I don't look at you when I
Go rollin' by

I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you

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from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released May 1, 2017
Recorded March 28, 2017 at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA

Ben Schenck - Vocals, Tambourine, Handclaps
Tomas Majcherski - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone, "Heys"
Matt Schreiber - Accordion, "Heys"
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Steve Glenn - Tuba, "Heys"
Doug Garrison - Drums, "Heys"

Words and music by Roy Hayes, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew and arranged by Ben Schenck (Snack Daddy Music)
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles

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Panorama Jazz Band / Panorama Brass Band - New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

"New Orleans' genre fluid jazz band"

The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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