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CQ Serenade

Name CQ Serenade
Description Contributed by Ed VA3ES
Sent by W1UJR
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22 Jan 2008
From Amateur Radio Newsline - Bruce Tennant, K6PZW
Here's the lowdown on this song according to Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, of Amateur Radio Newsline: The name of the song is CQ Serenade and we found it sometime back while trolling the world wide web. After downloading it, our curiousity got the best of us so we decided to find out more. Our search finally lead us to Jean-Guy Renaud, VE2AIK, who supplied us with allot of information.

According to VE2AIK, CQ Serenade was composed sometime between 1965 and 1970 by Maurice Durieux, VE2QS. Durieux was orchestra conductor employed by Radio Canada who had emmigrated from France. Assisting Duriux in the creation of the song was F9KT. CQ Serenade was first recorded with French lyrics by Raymond Girerd. An English language version written by VE2QS and by Georges Brewer, then VE2BR, of Montreal. It was later covered by songstress Joyce Hahn.

Both versions were available on 45 RPM long playing records under the rather apropos QSO Records label. Today, those discs are probably true collectors items and all but impossible to find. But don't dispair. Thanks to the magic of MP3 audio and the Word-Wide-Web, CQ Serenade is still around to hear and enjoy.

You can find the French version here -> http://www.zerobeat.net/cq_serenade_fr.mp3


CQ Serenade Words and music by VE2BR and VE2QS

Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Whaddya hear, over the air:
CQ Serenade.

So you don’t know just what it means
Dust your shoes off, shake out your jeans
Get on your feet, jump to the beat
Of CQ Serenade.

CQ - has gone and brought us a new rhythm
That’s swinging all the cats by the ear,
Let’s do ourselves a favour and get with ‘em;
You’ll find you get the message, man you’ll hear it come in loud and clear

Doesn’t matter what words you sing
Just remember the beat’s the thing
Get on the beam, carry the theme
Of CQ Serenade.

Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Whaddya hear, over the air:
CQ Serenade.

Amateurs on the radio
Picked it up and then made it grow,
Spread it around, swelling the sound
Of CQ Serenade.

From India a call to the U.S.A.:
I’m reading you, you’re coming through fine;
From Canada to France and the old U.K.
For when it comes to radio the world’s one great big party line

Tune in anywhere on the band
Any corner of any land
Let’s “put it there” right on the air
With CQ Serenade.

Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Makes a fellow feel “lah-dee-dah”
When he unbends, making new friends
With CQ Serenade.

Clap your hands, pal, and tap your feet
Till we all dig the friendly beat,
Till all you hear over the air
Is CQ Serenade.

It really doesn’t matter at all -CQ-
How smooth you make the signals combine;
And anyone can answer the call -CQ-
Just make with the receiver and get on the CQ party line

Take your cue from the radio
Even “beatnicks” go “do dee do”
It’s everywhere, filling the air
That CQ Serenade.
20 Jan 2008
CQ Serenade - Words and music by the late Maurice Durieux VE2QS and VE2BR, played by VE2QS and his orchestra, vocal by Joyce Hahn. Produced around 1951. (Boy! Wasn't Montreal great, in the '50's and '60's? [de VA3ES])

From K8SB:
In the late '50s I had a 45 RPM record with the vocal CQ Serenade on one side and the instrumental version on the other side. At the time, while in college, I worked part time as an engineer at WKLZ, a little 500 watt daytime only AM radio station in Kalamazoo, MI. One of my responsibilities was to go into the station once a month after midnight and put the transmitter back on the air to run a frequency measuring test. I would put on music and announce the station call sign from time to time so that the consultant could find us and mearure our frequency. One night I put CQ Serenade on and played both sides of the record. A few days later when I stopped by the station the chief engineer asked me what I had done the other night. It seems that 10 or 12 QSL cards from hams had arrived from all over the country from that session!
K8SB 1-20-06

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