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Re: “Guitar Legend Johnny Smith Alive and Well in Colorado Springs

I disagree with this statement in the article: "His best known composition is the early '60s monster hit of the Ventures, "Walk, Don't Run." Smith wrote that song for a 1955 recording session by devising a counter-melody to the chord changes of the old, treacly pop standard, 'Softly, As in the Morning Sunrise.'"

Listen to both songs. They are substantially different. Many songs use similar chords. So what?! The article makes it sound as if Johnny Smith simply stole or copied the earlier song. "Walk Don't Run" is genius in its own right.

I am a musician, composer and music theorist. This statements is false or, at best, misleading.

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Posted by Rat Rude Monger on 08/10/2014 at 8:42 PM

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