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Watermelon Man

(Written by Herbie Hancock)

Watch video for King Curtis version:


Watch Johnny’s Version:

Watermelon Man Saxophone Music

Watermelon Man was composed by Herbie Hancock and first released on his debut solo album in 1962. This was one of those rare jazz tunes that was so catchy it made the pop charts, first Herbie’s version and the next year again with a latin version by Mongo Santamaria.

The chord progression is a simple 12 bar blues but has a repeated turn-around on the 5 to the 4 at the end of the verses before the complete stop by the band, giving the lead instrument a full bar to complete the melody.

Another very cool version that was recorded in 1962 was the one from the above video by King Curtis, which was the inspiration for the backing track version that you can download here.

Song key

This version is in the key of F major. That puts the Bb sax charts in G major and the Eb sax in D major.

Watermelon Man Saxophone Music Download Includes

  • same backing tracks as in the music video above (without sax)
  • 2nd backing track with sax solo mixed in
  • music sheets for full arrangement on Eb and Bb saxes
  • high quality MP3 files (192 kbps)
  • charts print as full size music charts

Download This Song

To download the Watermelon Man saxophone music and play-along audio backing track click the button below. After payment you will receive an email with your special download link and other information regarding your purchase.

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thanks, now download the song and have fun!
rock on,
Johnny Ferreira