Miss Amanda Lee

Miss Amanda Lee

A leadsheet to Alfred H. Bartles' jazz tune "Miss Amanda Lee."

Miss Amanda Lee is a jazz tune composed around 1964-1965. Alfred sent the music to his friend and lyricist Bryan Lindsay in September of 1964, with the tentative title, “An Odor of Verbena,” based on a short story of the same name by William Faulkner. Lindsay responded in another letter, saying it was “about the nicest ballad you’ve done yet, so I’ll really get a tough lyric to go with it.” A day later, Lindsay wrote another letter calling Alfred’s writing “so evocative that [he got] very strong communications after two or three play-throughs.” Linsday kept Alfred’s title, adding a subtitle of “Miss Amandah Lee;” this eventually became the real title of the tune.