Friday, October 23, 2015

Big Band & Swing Music

Tomorrow, my wife, kids, and I will be going to a family reunion for my Grandma Hill's side of the family, the Browns. My grandma was not only the Best Grandma Ever (sorry if you think YOUR Grandma is/was – she's not), she was also my best friend when I was younger. She passed away in January of 1992, and a part of me has been lost ever since. The last time we had a Brown Family Reunion was only a year or two after my grandma passed. In her younger and even older years, she had been a huge fan of Big Band music. She loved to dance to it as long as she was able to. In memory of my Grandma Hill, here's a collection of some of the finest Big Band and Swing music ever produced. Enjoy!  ~  JH

1)  Glenn Miller Orchestra  ~  “In The Mood”

2)  Benny Goodman  ~  “Sing, Sing, Sing”

3)  Artie Shaw  ~  “Begin The Beguine”

4)  Harry James  ~  “Green Onions”

5)  Count Basie  ~  “One O’Clock Jump”

6)  Woody Herman & His Swingin’ Herd  ~  “Woodchopper’s Ball”

7)  Duke Ellington  ~  “It Don’t Mean A Thing”

8)  Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich  ~  “The Drum Battle”  (Wow, this is fairly epic! Who do YOU think won the battle?)

9)  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra  ~  “Song Of India”

10)  Louis Armstrong  ~  “A Kiss To Build A Dream On”

11)  Dizzy Gillespie  ~  “Salt Peanuts”

12)  Bob Crosby And His Orchestra  ~  “Big Noise From Winnetka”

13)  Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra  ~  “Tangerine”

14)  Earl “Fatha” Hines  ~  “Memories Of You”

15)  Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five  ~  “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?”

16)  Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians  ~  “Sioux City Sue”

17)  Kay Kyser & His Orchestra  ~  “Like The Fella Once Said”

18)  Lawrence Welk  ~  “Muskrat Ramble”

19)  Hoagy Carmichael  ~  “The Monkey Song”

20)  Shep Fields And His Rippling Rhythm  ~  “Breathless”

21)  Billy Eckstine  ~  “Prisoner Of Love”

22)  Louis Prima  ~  “Just A Gigolo / I Ain’t Got Nobody”

23)  Cab Calloway  ~  “Minnie The Moocher”

24)  Les Brown And His Band Of Renown  ~  “Leapfrog”

25)  Lionel Hampton  ~  “Flying Home”

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