All Time Greatest Swing Hits

#1
Because our All Time Greatest Salsa Hits thread has been such a success (and a great resource), I thought it would be nice to start a thread about the All Time Greatest Swing Hits. Please don't list albums...list the title and the artist, like this:

Are you Hep to the Jive? - Cab Calloway
Splanky - Count Basie

(I used italics for the title and bold for the artist)

So...what are your picks?
 
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Sagitta

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#2
Since I have to listen to swing as I foolishly volunteered to do a jump swing choreography!! :oops:

Zoot Suit Riot -- Cherry Poppin' Daddies

More as I traverse my swing collection.
 

pygmalion

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#3
Ever listen to any Louis Jordan? (pronounced Louie, not Lewis) Classic stuff, mostly swing, some blues. Late forties- early fifties era. Good stuff. There have been some remakes a a few classics, like "Caledonia!," one of my faves. The original version is a fast WCS or moderate ECS. The remake I've heard was a jive! A good, swinging song either way. :wink: 8)
 

pygmalion

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#4
Oh yeah, and there's quite a bit of Manhattan Transfer that works. I'll have to check some of my CD's. 8)


Ooh! Ray's Rockhouse for WCS. Excellent.
 
#5
Oh man! There's so many great songs!

The ultimate house rocker is of course Louis Primas sing sing singb, but of course as performerd by Benny Goodman with Gene Krupa on drums. That's not really very original, so keeping with Benny Goodman I love All The Cats Join In. One really great swinging song is Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me as performed by Mr. Vibrato Sidney Bechet on the album 'The Fabolous Sydney Bechet', and probably elseweher too. Ella Fitzgerald is a great singer, one of my favs are the Cole Porter song Too Darn Hot. Two other golden oldies are from the Disney cartoon The Jungle Book. I'm of course talking about The Bare Necessities (my avatar loves that one) and I Wanna Be Like You. There's also a lot of slow songs that are great. Artie Shaws performance of Begin the Beguine is wonderful. A couple of classic songs that exists in many great variations on are Black and Blue and All of Me. Just for the sake of, let me mention one neo-swing song, the one used in The Mask, Hey Pachuco! with Royal Crown Revue. Since mentioning movies, the film music to Chicago has a great song. Not the best song for social dancing, but way cool. First there's a fast part, maybe possible for Balboa. Then a slow cool relaxing part. And it ends with a really fast swinging part. I'm talking about Roxie's Suite. Let me end really with something really untradional, it's not swing but it's a lot of feelings that can make you do things on the dancefloor you'll regret afterwards. No, I'm not talking about a certain pop song called 'Murder on the Dancefloor', what I am talking about is a bit more potent, Nick Cave and Red Right Hand. Try it!
 
#6
Well, many of the tunes you all are listing are also great quicksteps. Of course, many of my favorite WCS songs are also great cha chas.

I definitely like "Whatdayawant" (Casey McGill and the Spirits of Rhythm), found on Got Swing compilation.
 
#7
Check out the "It Might As Well Be Swing" album by Sinatra / Basie. Lush orchestrations, Sinatra's incomparable phrasing. Pretty strict tempo too.
 
#8
Thanks for the tip... as if I had money to check them all out. ;)

I also like for lindy "The Business of Love", found on the soundtrack to "The Mask."
 

suek

New Member
#9
my recently chosen theme song tops my list:
Sweet Sue (I have the definitive collection: 34 versions) very fond of Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, Artie Shaw and Fats Waller versions

a sampling (and I mean sampling--there are so many!) of essential greats (IMHO) (by artist):
Count Basie
One O'Clock Jump
Topsy
Jumpin' at the Woodside (fast fast fast)
9:20 Special
Shiny Stockings (Frankie Manning's theme song)
Splanky
Every Day I Have the Blues (with Joe Williams)
The Honeydripper (with Joe Turner) (slow blues)
Since I Fell for You (w/Joe Turner) (slow blues)

Duke Ellington
Lavender Coffin
Bli-Blip (w/Ray Nance)
Take the A Train
Blues in Hoss' Flat
Ain't Misbehavin'

Louis Armstrong
Frim Fram Sauce
Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
Drop Me Off at Harlem
Duke's Place

Ruth Brown
Fine Brown Frame
Wild Wild Young Men

Lou Rawls
Fine Brown Frame
Summertime (mmmm slow yummy)
Little Red Top

Dawn Hampton
Frim Fram Sauce

Bill Elliott
T'aint What You Do
Streamliner
Jeep Jockey Jump
Mildred Won't You Behave

George Gee
Basie Boogie
Let the Good Times Roll
The Continental

Ella
Perdido
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Hard Hearted Hannah
Goody Goody
Cheek to Cheek
Bli-Blip

Billie Holliday
Cheek to Cheek
He Ain't Got Rhythm
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Stormy Blues (slow)
Summertime (slow)

Barbara Morrison
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Going to Chicago
Hit the Road Jack

Artie Shaw
Special Delivery Stomp
Summertime (slow)
St Louis Blues

Benny Goodman
Moten Swing
Avalon (fast)
Bei Mir Bist du Schoen
Jersey Bounce
Clarinetitis
One O'Clock Jump
King Porter Stomp
Air Mail Special
It's Tight Like That

Cab Calloway
Who's Yehoodi?
Are You All Reet?

Fats Waller
The Joint Is Jumpin'
Honeysuckle Rose
It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
Your Feet's Too Big
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter

Fletcher Henderson
Teapot Dome Blues
The Shiek of Araby
Christopher Columbus

Slim and Slam
Flat Foot Floogee
Oh, Lady Be Good

Some different tempos, all swing.

I'm sure I'll get slammed for what I forgot, for what I included. Hey, it's what I like to dance to and listen to.

Okay this is the third edit and I'm gonna stop now. With these artists it's hard to go wrong.
 

Bob

New Member
#11
Ella and Louis, - Stomping at the savoy
Stray cats - Rock this town
Andrew Sisters - boogie woogie bugle boy
Diana Krall - Frim fram sauce
Everybody who ever played swing - is you is, or is you ain't my baby
 

Sagitta

Well-Known Member
#12
d nice said:
Sagitta said:
Since I have to listen to swing as I foolishly volunteered to do a jump swing choreography!! :oops:

Zoot Suit Riot -- Cherry Poppin' Daddies
I thought we were doing Swing music not rock/ska.
No accounting for tastes, huh? I actually learnt jump swing to that in a Cornell PE class.
 

Purr

Well-Known Member
#13
One of the songs I originally I learned swing dance (single time swing) to was "Zoot Suit Riot". It's a cute song. 8)
 
#14
That's interesting... I play "Zoot Suit Riot" and have heard it played more often in the ballroom world as a quickstep. Ditto "Rock This Town" by the Stray Cats.

Of course, I've danced both Q and single-step ECS to those songs. (Not at the same time, silly...)
 
#15
suek said:
Duke Ellington
Lavender Coffin
Really? I am not familiar with a Duke Ellington version of this song (and my husband has A LOT of Duke Ellington), although I am familiar with the Lionel Hampton one (which I adore). Any idea where I can find it?
 
#16
LindyKeya said:
suek said:
Duke Ellington Lavender Coffin
Really? I am not familiar with a Duke Ellington version of this song (and my husband has A LOT of Duke Ellington), although I am familiar with the Lionel Hampton one (which I adore). Any idea where I can find it?
Oooops my mistake...it's Hampton. If I goofed anything else up just flame me. Live and learn.
 
#17
Speaking of Lionel Hampton--"Four Brothers."

And am I the only one who never wants to hear "Jump, Jive, and Wail" again? Talk about great tunes that have been overplayed!
 
#18
Count Basie - Corner Pocket, Shiny Stockings
Jimmy Lunceford - T'Aint What You Do (It's the Way that You Do It)
Duke Ellington - Let's Get Together
Barbara Morrison - I Love Being Here With You
Barbara Morrison - Never Make Your Move Too Soon
 

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