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Johnny Smith

Judy Garland’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow” in The Wizard of Oz was mesmerizing indeed, but so was jazz legend Johnny Smith’s three decades later in this early issue of GP.

To hear the timeless ballad framed in Smith’s handsome harmonies and colorful chord substitutions, hum or sing the tune (starting on Eb) and strum through the grids with the phrasing indicated. (Tip: The opening lyric, “Somewhere,” gets two beats per syllable.)

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