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Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Joni Mitchell

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Santa Barbara County Bowl, 1979


Written by Charles Mingus, and first recorded in 1959 by Mingus's sextet, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” was a tribute to sax player Lester Young. The more recent – and less well-known – name for the song is “Theme for Lester Young.” The name derives from Young's reputation from wearing a style of hat resembling a pork pie dish.

And so this Joni Mitchell rendition comes off of her Mingus tour, although Mingus' compositions made up only a fraction of her set.


Joni Mitchell- electric guitar, vocals
Pat Metheny - lead guitar
Jaco Pastorius - bass
Don Alias - drums
Lyle Mays - keyboards
Michael Brecker - saxophone

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