448 - Shake a Tail Feather

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About this song

"Shake a Tail Feather" was written by Verlie Rice, Otha Hayes, and Andre Williams. It was originally recorded by The Five Du-Tones in 1963 and famously covered by Ray Charles in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. This version of the song was arranged by Tom Wallace.

Instrumentation requirements

A strong trombone section is needed to carry the melody in the beginning. There should be at least one sousa/bari sax to keep the song moving in the beginning (where the trombones have the melody), as the music is pretty exposed in this part. Cowbell also really should be covered.


A 16 bar solo section is mercifully cut from the original sheet music, as well as an extended ending (featuring a "soul scream" in the percussion section). The original music was transcribed and edited to remove these parts by Chris Behrens in 2009 and is now played as written.


This song was purchased in December 2006 by Dan Schwarting and added to the active set in January 2007.


Recording from Arrangers Publishing Co.

Live from TSBMH 2007
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