Billy Byers

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  • A Foggy Day

    This swinging studio orchestra arrangement was written by Billy Byers in May of 1970 for a concert that Sinatra gave at Royal Festival Hall in November of that same year. This is classic Sinatra/Byers - swinging reed figures and punchy brass with string support. We have included a synth part that may be used in the event that your ensemble doesn't have access to string players. This is not a difficult arrangement (except for the brass ranges) and would be fairly easy to work up for a concert. Also, we have included the vocal line as written by Byers. Key of D flat. Learn More
  • Get Me To The Church Ontime

    Billy Byers was commissioned by Quincy Jones in June of 1965 to write this arrangement for an upcoming tour Frank Sinatra was doing with the Count Basie Orchestra. It was written as an opener and originally included a 10-bar opening sequence that led to a vamp. The opening sequence was only played on one occasion, the June 20, 1965 appearance at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, and then was cut. For subsequent performances the arrangement was started at the vamp. We have included the original intro in this publication. In addition, there were a few cuts in the arrangement - we have included all the original music and have indicated what was cut so that you have the choice in what you wish to include for your performance. This has been published from the original score and has been authorized by Frank Sinatra Enterprises, LLC. Learn More
  • Lover, Come Back To Me

    Here is a Billy Byers chart that was arranged for the 'Sinatra Live at the Sands' performance and recording with the Count Basie Orchestra. However, this arrangement was not used for that performance. We know it was written for that show as the date written on the manuscript is June 21, 1965, which corresponds to dates on other manuscripts that were used (Where Or When is marked June 20, 1965). And, Byers indicated that is was for 'Basie-Sinatra.' This arrangement has been produced directly from the original manuscript. This bluesy chart set in a medium swing tempo features some very nice triplet figures throughout. Trombones open with plungers and go back to them at the end of the arrangement. Similar to the other Sands arrangements there was an optional 5th trumpet part written for Harry 'Sweets' Edison that just included chord changes for background fills behind the vocal. There are no saxophone doubles or solos. The vocal key is F throughout. Learn More

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