Bent Fabric’s Alley Cat; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

Danish Composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerre AKA Bent Fabric.

Bent Fabric‘s Alley Cat (composer: Bent Fabric) was so popular in the sixties that it actually came to life as a dance. There wasn’t a Bar Mitzvah, wedding or actually, any formal family function where the band didn’t play Alley Cat so that everyone, all ages, could do The Alley Cat! The dancers always got excited because it would demand a certain routine which, someone would always teach the dancers; this routine/tune would start out very slow and gradually increase in tempo until it was so fast few could keep up.

I always thought Bent Fabric was a really hip band; the tune always fascinated me. It’s tempo was kind of sexy, kind of nonchalant and was very attractive to the ear. I love the classic “show biz” coda at the end. Alley Cat actually won the Grammy Award for Best Rock & Roll Recording, 1962.

Okay, everyone come back to 1962 with me, line up and, get ready to dance and/or listen to Bent Fabric‘s Alley Cat

Personnel as determined: Bent Fabric piano.

We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.


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