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
Alfie Bacharach/David
All My Loving Lennon/McCartney
And I Love Her* Lennon/McCartney
And I Love You So** Don McLean
Annie's Song John Denver
April Come She Will Paul Simon
At Last Gordon/Warren
Besame Mucho Torre Valasquez
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Rodgers/Hart
The Black Hills of Dakota Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
Blackberry Way Roy Wood
Blood on the Rooftops Hackett/Banks
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?** Jay Gorney/E.Y.Harburg
California Dreaming John Phillips/Michelle Gilliam
Can't Help Falling in Love Peretti/Creatore/Weiss
Catari, Catari Cardillo
Chim, Chim Cheree Robert B and Richard M Sherman
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) Torme/Wells
Classical Gas Mason Williams
Crazy Willie Nelson
Cry Me A River Hamilton
Daydream John Sebastian
The Deadwood Stage (from 'Calamity Jane') Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
Do You Know The Way To San Jose? Bacharach/David
Don't Cry For Me Argentina Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber
Downtown Tony Hatch
Dream A Little Dream Of Me* Schwandt/Andree/Kahn
Elegy Anderson/Jethro Tull
Espanoleta (from Fantasia para un gentilhombre) Rodrigo
Feed The Birds** Richard M Sherman/Robert B. Sherman
Fields Of Gold Sting
For No One Lennon/McCartney
Girl Lennon/McCartney
God Only Knows** Wilson/Asher
Going Back Goffin/King
A Groovy Kind of Love** Bager Sayer/Wine
Gymnopedie No. 1 Satie
Happy Talk Rodgers/Hammerstein
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Lennon
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Blane/Martin
Hello Young Lovers (from 'The King and I') Rodgers/Hammerstein
Here Comes The Sun Harrison
Here the Tides Flow‡ Gayle Tapper
Here There and Everywhere Lennon/McCartney
Homburg Brooker/Reid
Homeward Bound Paul Simon
How Soon Henry Mancini
Hushabye Mountain R.& R. Sherman
I Don't Know How To Love Him Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber
I Left My Heart In San Francisco George C. Cory Jr./Douglass Cross
I Want to Hold Your hand Lennon/McCartney
I Will Lennon/McCartney
I Will Wait For You Legrand/Gimbel
If David Gates
If I Fell Lennon/McCartney
Imagine Lennon
Imagine - A Silent Night! Lennon/Gruber
In My Life Lennon/McCartney
It's Only Love Lennon/McCartney
Just Blew in From the Windy City (from 'Calamity Jane') Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
Killing Me Softly With His Song* Gimbel/Fox
Lately Wonder
Leaving On A Jet Plane John Denver
Let There Be Love* Grant/Rand
Let's Go Fly A Kite Robert B and Richard M Sherman
A Londonderry Air* Traditional (Arr Dumigan)
Long and Winding Road Lennon/McCartney
The Look of Love Bacharach/David
Love Is Blue** Andre Popp
Love's Old Sweet Song Malloy/Bingham
The Man With The Child In His Eyes Kate Bush
May Each Day Wyle/Green
Memory** Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber
Michelle Lennon/McCartney
Moon River Mancini/Mercer
More Than Words Extreme
Morning Has Broken Trad: Farjeon/Stevens
My Colouring Book Ebb/Kander
My Favourite Things Rodgers/Hammerstein
Nature Boy Eden Ahbez
Nights in White Satin Justin Hayward
Novelette in C Major Poulenc
Out of Town Bricusse/Beaumont
Over The Rainbow Harburg/Arlen
Que Sera Sera Livingston/Evans
Raining In My Heart B.Bryant/F.Bryant
Say A Little Prayer Bacharach/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 Clowns Stephen Sondheim
Seventeen Ian
Share The Joy Bacharach/David
She Charles Aznavour/Herbert Kretzmer
She's Leaving Home Lennon/McCartney
She's Not There Zombies/Santana
The Skye Boat Song* Traditional
Smile Chaplin
Something Harrison
Somewhere out There Horner/Mann/Weil
Spring Spring Spring Chaplin/De Paul/Mercer
Sunny Afternoon Ray Davies
Tammy Livingston/Evans
A Taste of Honey Scott/Marlow
Tears In Heaven Clapton/Jennings
Theme from 'Love Story' Francis Lai
Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet' Nino Rota
Theme from 'The Godfather' Nino Rota
Theme From 'A Summer Place' Percy Faith
Theme from 'Somewhere In Time' John Barry
Theme from 'Whistle Down The Wind' Arnold
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
Till There Was You Wilson
Time After Time** Cyndi Lauper
Trains and Boats and Planes Bacharach/David
Tristeza India‡ Digno Garcia
True Love Ways Holly/Petty
Twelfth of Never Webster/Livingston
Unforgettable Irving Gordon
Vincent* (Video) Don McLean
Vive la Rose‡ French Trad.
Voices in the Sky Justin Hayward
Walk On By Bacharach/David
Walking In The Air Blake
We Have All The Time In The World** John Barry
We've Only Just Begun Williams/Nichols
What the World Needs Now Bacharach/David
When I Fall In Love Heyman/Young
When You Wish Upon A Star Washington/Livingston
The Windmills of Your Mind Legrand
Women Of Ireland** Traditional
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
The World is a Circle Bacharach/David
Yesterday Lennon/McCartney
Your Song Elton John/Bernie Taupin
You're a Lady Skellern
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Lennon/McCartney
Works for Two Guitars
71st Regiment Waltz Felix Arndt
Album Leaves Op. 28 Grieg
Banjo Dance Felix Arndt
Barcarolle Op. 26 No. 1 Faure
Clover Club Felix Arndt
Children's Corner Debussy
Childhood Days Felix Arndt
Cowkeeper's Tune Op. 63 No. 2a† Greig
Danse: Tarantelle Styrienne Debussy
Desecration - A Rag Humoresque Felix Arndt
Dolly: Suite Op. 56† Faure
Eight Pieces Breves† Faure
Five Short Pieces Berkeley
For Children (32 piece selection)† Bartok
From Soup to Nuts - Turkey Trot One-Step Felix Arndt
The Heart Asks Pleasure First Nyman
Imprompu No3 Op. 34 Faure
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Chorale from Cantata No. 1147 J. S. Bach
Kakuda - One-Step or Ta-Tao Felix Arndt
Lyric Pieces Op. 12, 38, 43, 47, 54 (Review), 57, 62, 65, 68 & 71† Grieg
Marionette Felix Arndt
Mother Goose Suite Ravel
An Operatic Nightmare (Desecration No. 2 - Fox Trot - A Classic Rag) Felix Arndt
Petite Suite† (Review) Borodin
Pictures of Childhood Khachaturian
Poetic Tone Pictures Op. 3 Grieg
24 Preludes: Book 1 - 1, 6, 8, 9, 12; Book 2 - 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 Debussy
Romance Without Words Op. 17 No. 1† Faure
Romance Without Words Op. 17 No. 2† Faure
Romance Without Words Op. 17 No. 3† Faure
Nola: A Silhouette for Piano Arndt
Six Preludes Berkeley
Suite Bergamasque Debussy
Toots - A Rag One-Step Felix Arndt
Valse- La Plus Que Lente Debussy
Works for Three Guitars
Le Tombeau De Couperin Ravel
Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales Ravel
Works for Voice and Guitar
The Big Nose Song (Can Can) Offenbach
Summertime (Lullaby) Gershwin/Heyward

* 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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