Mystery Tune

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared


Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)



"Mystery Songs", FZShows, v. 7.1

Mystery Tune. We find this short melody (B G D C# C D F# A G) first in 1968 (played three different times at the late show on April 20 in New York) and in various shows in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980 and finally during the Berkeley 1980 12 05 late show (where FZ may or may not play more of the same song). It was suggested that this line come from the closing line of The Twilight Time, but the music doesn't match exactly and Frank is consistent in playing his (?) line through the years.

Charles Ulrich, "Mystery Tunes," The Planet Of My Dreams

10. Here's a nine-note melody that FZ quoted numerous times over the years. This tune was previously identified as "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore", but that is incorrect. These examples come from 4/20/68 (late) New York and 12/5/80 (late) Berkeley. (In the latter case, the usual nine notes are preceded by what may or may not be more of the same song.)

A partial list of "Mystery Tune" quotes, compiled by Charles Ulrich

68/04/20 (late) New York (Hawaiian Music, Shotgun, Cruising For Burgers)
74/05/12 South Bend (Dupree's Paradise)
74/07/21 San Carlos (Stinkfoot)
75/10/29 (late) Waterbury (Stinkfoot)
75/11/02 Baltimore (Chunga's Revenge)
76/03/03 (late) Copenhagen (Filthy Habits)
78/09/07 Berlin (Deathless Horsie)
80/12/05 (late) Berkeley (Pick Me I'm Clean)

Any more?



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