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Wayne’s Music 1st/2nd December 2012.  The Golden Age of Swing.

 Wayne’s Music 1st/2nd December 2012.  The Golden Age of Swing.

Sing Sing Sing              Benny Goodman with the Louis prima number that prima recorded first with The New Orleans Gang in 1936 – and ever since it has been strongly identified with the Big band and Swing eras.

I’m Beginning To See The Light               Kitty Kallen stepping out with the Harry James band in 1944 with her #1 record.

I’ll Never Smile Again            Frank Sinatra sings with Tommy Dorsey in his early days  - The Pied Pipers are the backup group – and Francis Albert Sinatra had plenty to smile about when this tune stayed at #1 for 12 weeks in 1940. 

Jalousie               The Boston Pops – from the very first recordings with Arthur Fiedler in 1935. 
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy                Andrews Sisters with their iconic World War 2 song. 

I Got It bad And That Ain’t Good              Ivy Anderson with The Duke … with the big number she introduced in the review Jump For Joy in 1941. 

String Of pearls             Glenn Miller with the all time great Big Band jazz standard.  

Bonaparte’s retrteat                 Kay Starr with the song that became at one point in her long and glamorous career, her biggest seller. 

The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To me                Sidney Bechet Hot Six – with one of the most played dance floor tunes around in the early 50s when the Lindy Hop was all the rage.

Music Maestro Please             Edyth Wright with the Tommy Dorsey band in 1938. 

Minor Swing                           Django Reinhardt  - we have to go back to 1937 for this Gypsy Jazz classic, considered to be one of Reinhardt’s most covered compositions. 

T’Ain’t What you Do               Jimmie Lunceford with one from The Classic Swing Collection …

Evil Gal Blues               Dinah Washington - She sang with the Hampton band for two years. Flying Home                           Lionel Hampton –  signature song, showcasing his extraordinary skills on the vibes.  `

The Coffee Song            Frank Sinatra introduced the song in 1946 – and re-recorded it in 1961.  originally it came out in the days of Brazil’s coffee surplus

.Wayne’s Music Sunday 2 December 2012.  The Golden Age Of Swing.  PART ONE.

I Can’t Get Started                            Bunny Berigan was a charismatic performer, one of the relatively few musicians in the history of jazz to advance the art. His trumpet artistry made a deep and lasting impression on almost everyone who heard him play.

Hit The Road To Dreamland            BettyHutton, the Blonde bombshell star of Hollywood musicals who bounced back from bankruptcy and depression.

Ain’t Misbehavin          Fats Waller with the song he claimed was written while "lodging" in alimony prison, and that is why he was not "misbehaving."

Tippin In                       Erskine Hawkins with his instrumental version of the pop hit of 1945. 


Sometimes I’m happy             Lester Young, the one they called “The Prez” of the tenor saxophone and clarinet – he also played trumpet, violin and drums.

And The Angels Sing              Martha Tilton, the popular Texan singer … sometimes called the “Lilton Miss Tilton”probably best known for this 1939 recording

Do You Know What It means           Louis Armstrong with the song that was first heard in the movie “New Orleans” in 1947 when he sang it with Billie Holiday.

My Blue Heaven                     Artie Shaw with one of my favourite versions of the old standard My Blue Heaven

Glow Worm                                      Mills Brothers 

Brazil                                                Xavier Cugat, at the forefront of the spread of Latin music in popular music. 

A Tisket A Tasket                    Ella Fitzgerald,.

Bandstand Boogie                                      Les Elgart recorded in 1954. the American Bandstand theme .

Stop You’re Breaking My Heart                Maxine Sullivan with Tommy Dorsey.  Maxine Sullivan is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of the 1930s.  She was active for half a century from the mid-1930s to just before her death in 1987

Hep hep The Jumpin Jive                Cab Calloway with his famous piece from the musical “Stormy Weather”. 

There’ll Come A Time            Red Nichols with a Miff Mole composition.

Let me off Uptown                  Anita O’day out with Gene Krupa’s band …

Opus One                                Tommy Dorsey’s band had seventeen number one hits in the 1930s and 1940s … this was one of the biggest – the signature tune Opus One. 

The House Of Blue Lights                Ella Mae Morse - One of the best vocalists of any era.

I’ve Heard That Song before            Harry James with Helen Forrest  with a number recorded on July 31, 1942, the last day of recording before the Musician Union's ban.

Some Enchanted Evening                Jo Stafford, one of the purist voices in the business during the dance band years –was the singing voice of the American home front during World War II and the Korean War.

Cherokee                                 Charlie Barnett, was at the height of popularity in 1939 when he released this hit version of what became his theme song,

.You Turned The Tables On me       Helen ward. one of the first popular swing "girl singers, and among Goodman's most popular.