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Autumn Leaves

Posted by Banjowen


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Size: 1,747kb, uploaded 11/4/2006 6:45:26 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

A slight touch of jazz. Another favourite of mine.

6 comments on “Autumn Leaves”

jimbo78 Says:
Thursday, November 23, 2006 @12:53:40 PM

Say Man Ive been playing this song on guitar for along time now, and never knew the name of the tune! Nor do I play it with any real understanding of how it should sound...As Im playing it from some far back memory.....Sounds Real good on that banjo of yours! Thanks for posting this one!

Do you know by chance if this song is in a movie or something,cause this tune has puzzled me as to where i heard it!????



Banjowen Says:
Thursday, November 23, 2006 @1:42:01 PM

Thanks jimbo78 for the kind comments..... I've no idea if the tune was ever used in a movie but thanks again anyway.

hognamay Says:
Monday, February 26, 2007 @4:24:28 PM

Thats some nice playing. Enjoy your style

Just Bill Says:
Monday, May 14, 2007 @1:19:36 PM


"Autumn Leaves" is one of my favorite tunes, but until today, had never heard it on the banjo.  Great job! 

It prompted me to look through my old record collection and...I found the following in an old four record album Time-Life Collection of mine regarding “Autumn Leaves:”


“Autumn Leaves”  Roger Williams version


“Few films have been produced under circumstances like those that attended the birth of ‘Les Enfants du Paradis.’  This movie about two-bit actors, starring Jean-Louis Barrault, had a script by French poet Jacques Prevert and music by Hungarian composer Joseph Kosma.  It was filmed near Nice during World War II while Kosma and Prevert were serving in the Maquis in their spare time.  The film took a long time to produce, possibly because the job provided excellent cover for the Resistance activities of people like Kosma and Prevert, but it was finally finished and became a postwar hit.


As though to show that they didn’t need the stimulus of danger, Prevert and Kosma scored another hit in 1949 with a song called ‘Les Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves),’ which became a favorite chanson in Parisian cafes, especially when sung in the sad and smoky tones of Juliette Greco.


Within the year, the tune had arrived in the U.S. as ‘Autumn Leaves.’  Musicians liked it so much that a dozen or so top artists from Artie Shaw to Bing Crosby recorded it, but it sold poorly.  The melody so haunted record producer Dave Kapp, though, that in 1953 he gave it to his latest discovery, a young pianist named (by Kapp) Roger Williams.  ‘He already had one album out,’ Kapp said later, ‘but it was a conglomeration of so many notes it was shocking to me.’  He felt sure Williams could do better on a simple melody like ‘Autumn Leaves.’


Williams at first got off on the wrong tune.

airborne Says:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 @2:04:31 AM

love this tune, ive played it on the Guitar for years, i cant seem to get it right on the banjo, do you have the tabs.

all the best . john. (airborne)

pcfive Says:
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @9:35:21 AM

 Very very nice. And you're the guy who wrote Rosie, which I am learning now. You don't by any chance have a tab for Autumn Leaves?

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