General Dance Discussion > Songs You Just HAVE to Dance To

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Phil Owl, Mar 22, 2003.

  1. MissAlyssa

    MissAlyssa New Member

    what's the name of the samba song played at the end of Dance With Me? I love to dance to that song.
  2. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep New Member

    Music for Swing Teaching

    Dance Teachers.
    When I ran my Hollywood Dance Club in the 1950's my main concern was building up a music library that my students enjoyed listening to as well as dancing to. When I decided to do some teaching last summer, I began looking for appropriate music to teach to, and much to my surprise some of my old favorites were still available that today's generation might enjoy, so I'll throw you a variety of CDs from the 1950's that will liven the ambiance of your dance studio, and delight and inspire your students:

    'Big Band Era', 'Moonlight Serenade' with 20 songs froim the 1950's popular Swing numbers from Count Basie's 'One O'clock Jump' to Lionel Hampton's 'Flying Home'; Les and Larry Elgart, 'Best of the Big Bands' from, 'Cherokee' to 'Green Eyes'; Jimmy Lunceford, from 'Margie' (great balboa) to 'Blues in the Night'; Louis Prima, from 'Embraceable You' to 'Jump, Jive an' Wail'; and 'Sinatra & Dorsey Greatest Hit's, and last and some the greatest innovative Jazz music for listening and 'WCS Joshua Jive' interpretation, STAN KENTON, with classics like, 'Intermission Riff, 'Stompin at the Savoy', 'Laura', 'Bernie's Tune', and for some wild Boogie Woogie hard slappin' piano forte', body shaken vibrations, check out Rob Rio for free WWW.ROBRIO.COM
    If those CDs don't hook your students on Swing/Lindy, they need a blood transfusion.
    Black Sheep. song plugger from Tin Pan Alley days.
  3. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Black Sheep,

    You may find this hard to believe, but the music you mention, is the music I was raised on. I was a lucky kid, although I didn't realize it at the time. 30's/40s era swingin' parents, 60's era Motown ECS and later WCS siblings, and then, much later, me.

    The thing is, old or new, great music is great music.

    Many, many days, when I'm playing a medley of my favorite songs on my CD player, I'll come up with Harry Connick Jr., then Frank Sinatra, then Nat King Cole, then George Michael. They all sing a great foxtrot. I think things come around, then come around again.

    Long live 30's, 40's, 50's music! :D
  4. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep New Member

    old time classics

    Since you have been fortunate enough to have been exposed to these jazpop classics, maybe you can appreciate my commitment to revive an interest in the 30's,40's and 50's music, but too many Song publishers cannot make money on songs that are 'Public Domain' and we no longer have those great composers, so the music companies sell this mostly junk music (I said mostly) so they can get their royalty checks. And that great music gets pushed on a back burner. I gave a short list of some of the great musicians and their music of the past, and you have added a few more. I hope there are other youngsters out there who can make their contributions of their favorite 'old time music'.
    Black Sheep, the pied piper.
  5. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Wow, another Louis Jordan fan! How about Caldonia? You may have to adjust the speed on your CD player a little, but who can resist a song with the lyrics,"what makes your big head so hard?" Classic!
  6. borikensalsero

    borikensalsero Moderator

    Must say, that the cha cha tunes that I would even consider dancing are actually son montunos. It might have its own dance, but I don't know it and since we can cha cha to a son montuno...

    Mambo Songs:
    Mi Desengaño - Roberto Roena
    Marejada Feliz - Willie Rosario's or Roberto Roena's
    Ausencia - Hector Lavoe
    No Me Digan Que Es Muy Tarde Ya - Ismael Miranda
    Azuquita Mami - El Conde
    Juliana - Cuco Valoy
    La Loma Del Tamarindo - El Gran Combo
    Micaela - Tito Rodriguez
    Una Canita Al aire - La Solucion
    La Rueda - La Solucion
    La Boda De Ella - Bobby Valentin
    El Torrero - Orquesta Guayacan
    Cucala - Celia's and Maelo's
    Vagabundo - Andy Montañez
    Idilio - Willie Colon
    La Murga - Hector Lavoe
    Al Son De Los Cueros - Sonora Carruseles
    La Cartera - Larry Harlow
    La Cuna Blanca - Raphy Leavitt
    Cafe - Eddie Palmieri
    El Paso De Encarnacion - Larry Harlow
    Trampolin - El Gran Combo
    Lloraras - Oscar D' Leon
    Sonido Bestial - Richie Ray And Bobby Cruz (Live)
    Guajira Ven - Hector Lavoe
    Cui Cui - Roberto Roena
    Ahora Si - Sonora Ponceña
    Songorocosongo - Hector Lavoe
    Faisan - Conjunto Clasico's or La Solucion
    De Patitas - Luis "Perico" Ortiz
    Perico - Maelo
    Vasos En Colores - Marvin Santiago
    Milogna para una niña - Andy Montañez
    Sabroson - Markolino Dimond
    Porque Adore - Frankie Dante
    Bilando - Frankie Ruiz
    Aquel Viejo Motel - David Pabon
    Beni More - Oscar D' Leon
    Pa' Bravo Yo - Justo Betancourt
    Bilongo - Eddie Palmieri
    Ajiaco Caliente - Eddie Palmieri
    1920 - Johnny Ventura
    La Reina - Raulin Rosendo
    Periodico De Ayer - Lavoe
    Cachondeo - Fruko
    Carimbo - Maelo
    Bamba Cure - Maelo
    El Manisero - Mioses Simon
    Aguzate - Celia Cruz
    El Buen Pastor - Raphy Leavitt
    No Me Tires La Primera Piedra - Tommy Olivencia
    Caricias Prohibidas - Vitti Ruiz
    Commo Lo hacen - Tommy Olivencia
    El Swing - El Gran Combo
    Pio Pio - Sonora Ponceña
    Que Me Entierren Con Rumba - Sonora Carruseles
    Al Son De Los Cueros - Sonora Carruseles
    Celia - Quimbara
    La Cura - Frankie Ruiz
    Doce Cascabeles - Johnny Sedes
    Carupano - Johnny Sedes
    Lets dance!!!!!!!!
  7. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Once cha-cha tune that for me has this strong "driving force"...

    Todo, Todo, Todo - Daniela Romo
  8. MissAlyssa

    MissAlyssa New Member

    It's raining men.....I know I know...
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    Have you ever seen the video for that song? What a scream. Two tons of fun! Literally. :lol:
  10. dancer_of_god

    dancer_of_god New Member

    the music my tap class is dancing to for our yearly production is thriller by m.j. pretty gud stuff. :) also, my class i co-teach is dancing to beat it by m.j also quite cool
  11. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Cool, dancer_of_god! Are you doing the m.j.-type choreography, too, or just using the music?

    And by the way, welcome to the forums! :D

  12. suek

    suek New Member

    a lindy dancer chiming in with a few faves:

    by artist
    Ella: A tisket, a tasket; The E&D blues; Goody goody; I love being here with you
    Billie Holliday: A fine romance; Billie's Blues; Miss Brown to You
    Louis Armstrong: Just a Gigolo (much better than Prima); Mood Indigo; High Society
    Count Basie: the 9:20 Special; All right, okay you win; Corner pocket; Jive at five
    Jackie Wilson: Workout, I'm in heaven; Reet petite
    Chuck Berry: Don't lie to me; Let it rock; You never can tell
    Duke Ellington:Duke's place; In a mellow tone; It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
    Nat King Cole: Paper moon; Honeysuckle rose; Route 66
    Cab Calloway: Are you hep to the jive?; Hoy hoy; The Calloway boogie

    by song
    Shiny Stockings -- Ella or Count Basie or Sarah Vaughn or Teddy Wilson
    Frim Fram Sauce--Ella and Satch or Diana Krall
    Harlem Nocturne--Prima/Butera or Mark Whitfield or Johnny Nocturne
    Don't Get Around Much Any More--Ella, Etta James, Satchmo, Woody Herman

    Let me know if you can listen to any three and stay seated. I'll give odds....


  13. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep New Member


    Your choice of Count Basie's '9:20 Special' has everything a music loving, Lindy dancer dreams of; musicianship, arrangement, improves, syncopation, a variety of brass, and an on going melodic line that's ear grabbing and scintillates down the spine into the erotic nervous system. And I do not think the Count ever got the adulation for a Classic piece of music that rates right up there with Ravel's and Rimsky Korsakov's best.
    Welcome to the friendliest forum in town and thanks for an out standing list of Lindy Music. That was the kind of music that molded the smooth flowing dancing of the 1940's and 1950's, and I believe it can smooth out the skipping and hopping Texas Tommy Swingout in due time.
    Black Sheep, 'Music nourishes the Soul' Joe Lanza 2003 a.d.
  14. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yes. suek has incredibly good taste in music, among other things. :D

    (movies, teachers, and more, I bet. :D )
  15. MissAlyssa

    MissAlyssa New Member

    does anyone know the name and artist of a song that starts out "ooooh, when I see her in my tshirt, watching tv with her mama on the telephone" it's a country song sung by a male. :?:
  16. Swing Kitten

    Swing Kitten New Member

    Sounds like a country song
  17. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    After Dark by Tito and Tarantula. This is a tune I like to Rumba to. When I hear this song it reminds me a lot of The Doors with the vocal and guitar.
  18. MadamSamba

    MadamSamba Member

    Ohhh, youngsta, I LOVE salsaing to Sonora Carruseles' Micaela. No matter where I am or how good/bad I'm feeling, hearing that just makes me jump up and start mamboing! :)
  19. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    I really love the old swing stuff, but into the new stuff as well.

    I like this one song, and after being recommended by d nice, I picked it up: Outkast - Speakerboxx - The Love Below album, and the song is "The Way You Love."

    The first time Care and I got out on our dance floor to "play" to it, of course we started with WCS, then as the song 'changed,' I felt a fast cha cha. And that's what we did - back and forth with WCS and cha cha.

    See Jenn . . . . two can be mixed! Although the dance was still a WCS.

    Great song though . . . great album!
  20. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about this as I heard it played over the radio at work...

    Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight." Be great for NC2S.

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