I Was A Fool (To Let You Go)


Taken from Barry Manilow's 1978 album "Even Now", this chart is a great lounge ballad with a really bluesy feel. Opening with solo piano, the vocal enters backed by just the rhythm section. The Saxes add to the build, supported by muted Trumpets, and the Trombones then lead the bridge. The instrumental break is big and powerful with lush voicings, whilst not being too overpowering. The vocalist re-enters with a half step up modulation into the final chorus and the chart finishes up with a big crescendo, piano solo lick and muted Trumpet solo fill to fade. The brass ranges are moderate, and there are no sax doubles. The vocal keys are Ab to A.

Part Number
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Barry Manilow
3 mins 30 secs
Trumpets 1-4
C#6, Ab5, Ab5, F5
Trombones 1-4
G#4, Eb4, Eb4, Eb4
Easy / Medium
Vocal Ranges
Bb2 - Eb4 (11 steps, as sung)
Vocal Key
Eb, E

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