10 Popular Songs

Ten Popular Songs

Lathkill Music


As you can tell from the list below, many of my arrangements are of popular songs that are normally not played as solo guitar works. I started doing these when I began playing at functions 40 or so years ago. Not having enough of these modern arrangements in my repertoire I went to the nearest shop to buy several books and found, to my horror, that a lot of them were simply awful. They were either too simple, missed out all the good bits, or had many ludicrously hard parts in a vain effort to make them sound like the original work.

So I immediately began doing my own. I had them all in my head for a good number of years before I decided it was time to write them down. I had amassed 21 or so when my late friend Mike Bonwick suggested that I record them at his studio for posterity. This session resulted in my CD ‘Making Arrangements’ the details of which you can find elsewhere. Then I approached a publisher, Lathkill Music Publishers, who were willing to take on the onerous task of arranging to have some of them published.

As a result of copyright difficulties, it was 2-3 years before 'Ten Popular Songs' (Review) was published, but it became, and remains, one of Lathkill's biggest sellers. My arrangements list has since expanded to the list you see below, and all of the songs are notated. 'Ten Popular Songs - Volume 2' (Review) endured similar difficulties, but was was published in 2009.

Chris Dumigan, February 2007

Title Composer(s)
Works for solo guitar
A Groovy Kind of Love**Bager Sayer/Wine
A Londonderry Air*Traditional (Arr Dumigan)
A Taste of HoneyScott/Marlow
A Thousand YearsChristina Perri
All My LovingLennon/McCartney
And I Love Her*Lennon/McCartney
And I Love You So**Don McLean
Annie's SongJohn Denver
April Come She WillPaul Simon
At LastGordon/Warren
Be Not AfraidR. J. Dufford
Besame MuchoTorre Valasquez
Bewitched, Bothered and BewilderedRodgers/Hart
Blackberry WayRoy Wood
Blood on the RooftopsHackett/Banks
Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?**Jay Gorney/E.Y.Harburg
California DreamingJohn Phillips/Michelle Gilliam
Can't Help Falling in LovePeretti/Creatore/Weiss
Can't Take My Eyes Off YouBob Crewe / Bob Gaudio
Catari, CatariCardillo
Chim, Chim ChereeRobert B and Richard M Sherman
Classical GasMason Williams
CrazyWillie Nelson
Cry Me A RiverHamilton
DaydreamJohn Sebastian
Do You Know The Way To San Jose?Bacharach/David
Do You Want To Know A Secret?Lennon/Mccartney
Doe EyesLennie Niehaus / Clint Eastwood
Don't Cry For Me ArgentinaTim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber
DowntownTony Hatch
Dream A Little Dream Of Me*Schwandt/Andree/Kahn
ElegyAnderson/Jethro Tull
Espanoleta (from Fantasia para un gentilhombre)Rodrigo
Feed The Birds**Richard M Sherman/Robert B. Sherman
Fields Of GoldSting
For No OneLennon/McCartney
Ganesha AartiTrad./ Victor Vertunni
God Only Knows**Wilson/Asher
Going BackGoffin/King
Gymnopedie No. 1Satie
Happy TalkRodgers/Hammerstein
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)Lennon
Have Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasBlane/Martin
Hello Young Lovers (from 'The King and I')Rodgers/Hammerstein
Here Comes The SunHarrison
Here the Tides Flow‡Gayle Tapper
Here There and EverywhereLennon/McCartney
Homeward BoundPaul Simon
How SoonHenry Mancini
Hushabye MountainR.& R. Sherman
I Don't Know How To Love HimTim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber
I Feel FineLennon/Mccartney
I Left My Heart In San FranciscoGeorge C. Cory Jr./Douglass Cross
I Want to Hold Your handLennon/McCartney
I WillLennon/McCartney
I Will Wait For YouLegrand/Gimbel
IfDavid Gates
If I FellLennon/McCartney
I'll Never Fall In Love AgainBacharach / David
Imagine - A Silent Night!Lennon/Gruber
In My LifeLennon/McCartney
Into DustMazzy Starr
It's Only LoveLennon/McCartney
JerusalemCHH Parry
Just Blew in From the Windy City (from 'Calamity Jane')Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
Killing Me Softly With His Song*Gimbel/Fox
Leaving On A Jet PlaneJohn Denver
Let There Be Love*Grant/Rand
Let's Go Fly A KiteRobert B and Richard M Sherman
Long and Winding RoadLennon/McCartney
Lord of All HopefulnessSlane/Trad.
Love Is Blue**Andre Popp
Love's Old Sweet SongMalloy/Bingham
May Each DayWyle/Green
Memory**Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber
Moon RiverMancini/Mercer
More Than WordsExtreme
Morning Has BrokenTrad: Farjeon/Stevens
My Colouring BookEbb/Kander
My Favourite ThingsRodgers/Hammerstein
Nature BoyEden Ahbez
Nights in White SatinJustin Hayward
No So De Aqui Ni Soy De AllaFacundo Cabral
Novelette in C MajorPoulenc
Out of TownBricusse/Beaumont
Over The RainbowHarburg/Arlen
Que Sera SeraLivingston/Evans
Raining In My HeartB.Bryant/F.Bryant
Say A Little PrayerBacharach/David
Scarborough Fair* (Video)Traditional
Scarlet Ribbons*Danzig/Segal
Sealed With A Kiss*Udell/Gold
Secret Love (from 'Calamity Jane')Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
Send In The ClownsStephen Sondheim
Share The JoyBacharach/David
SheCharles Aznavour/Herbert Kretzmer
She's Leaving HomeLennon/McCartney
She's Not ThereZombies/Santana
Somewhere out ThereHorner/Mann/Weil
Spring Spring SpringChaplin/De Paul/Mercer
Sunny AfternoonRay Davies
Tears In HeavenClapton/Jennings
The Black Hills of DakotaPaul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)Torme/Wells
The Deadwood Stage (from 'Calamity Jane')Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
The House of the Rising SunTrad.
The Look of LoveBacharach/David
The Man With The Child In His EyesKate Bush
The Skye Boat Song*Traditional
The Sweetheart TreeMancini
The Windmills of Your MindLegrand
The World is a CircleBacharach/David
Theme From 'A Summer Place'Percy Faith
Theme from 'Love Story'Francis Lai
Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'Nino Rota
Theme from 'Somewhere In Time'John Barry
Theme from 'The Godfather'Nino Rota
Theme from 'Whistle Down The Wind'Arnold
Ticket to RideLennon / McCartney
Till There Was YouWilson
Time After Time**Cyndi Lauper
Trains and Boats and PlanesBacharach/David
Tristeza India‡Digno Garcia
True Love WaysHolly/Petty
Twelfth of NeverWebster/Livingston
UnforgettableIrving Gordon
Vincent* (Video)Don McLean
Vive la Rose‡French Trad.
Voices in the SkyJustin Hayward
Walk On ByBacharach/David
Walking In The AirBlake
We Have All The Time In The World**John Barry
We've Only Just BegunWilliams/Nichols
What the World Needs NowBacharach/David
When I Fall In LoveHeyman/Young
When You Wish Upon A StarWashington/Livingston
Women Of Ireland**Traditional
Wonderful TonightEric Clapton
Your SongElton John/Bernie Taupin
You're a LadySkellern
You've Got To Hide Your Love AwayLennon/McCartney
Works for Two Guitars
24 Preludes: Book 1 - 1, 6, 8, 9, 12; Book 2 - 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Debussy
71st Regiment WaltzFelix Arndt
Album Leaves Op. 28Grieg
An Operatic Nightmare (Desecration No. 2 - Fox Trot - A Classic Rag)Felix Arndt
Banjo DanceFelix Arndt
Barcarolle Op. 26 No. 1Faure
Chattanooga Choo ChooHarry Warren/Mack Gordon
Childhood DaysFelix Arndt
Children's CornerDebussy
Clover ClubFelix Arndt
Cowkeeper's Tune Op. 63 No. 2a†Greig
Danse: Tarantelle StyrienneDebussy
Desecration - A Rag HumoresqueFelix Arndt
Dolly: Suite Op. 56†Faure
Eight Pieces Breves†Faure
English Suite No. 1, BVW 806J. S. Bach
Five Short PiecesBerkeley
For Children (32 piece selection)†Bartok
From Soup to Nuts - Turkey Trot One-StepFelix Arndt
Imprompu No3 Op. 34Faure
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Chorale from Cantata No. 1147J. S. Bach
Kakuda - One-Step or Ta-TaoFelix Arndt
Lyric Pieces Op. 12, 38, 43, 47, 54 (Review), 57, 62, 65, 68 & 71†Grieg
MarionetteFelix Arndt
Mother Goose SuiteRavel
Nola: A Silhouette for PianoArndt
Petite Suite† (Review)Borodin
Pictures of ChildhoodKhachaturian
Poetic Tone Pictures Op. 3Grieg
Romance Without Words Op. 17 No. 1†Faure
Romance Without Words Op. 17 No. 2†Faure
Romance Without Words Op. 17 No. 3†Faure
Six PreludesBerkeley
Suite BergamasqueDebussy
The Heart Asks Pleasure FirstNyman
The Holy BoyJohn Ireland
Three DancesJohn Ireland
Toots - A Rag One-StepFelix Arndt
Valse- La Plus Que LenteDebussy
Works for Three Guitars
Le Tombeau De CouperinRavel
Valses Nobles Et SentimentalesRavel
Works for Voice and Guitar
Summertime (Lullaby)Gershwin/Heyward
The Big Nose Song (Can Can)Offenbach

* Published in 'Ten Popular Songs' by Lathkill Music Publishers
** Published in 'Ten Popular Songs - Volume 2' by Lathkill Music Publishers
† Published by Les Productions D'Oz
‡ Unpublished but available from Chris in one volume, 'Three Pieces in Folk Style'.

All other arrangements are unpublished.

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