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The Big Band Reader: Songs Favored by Swing Era Orchestras and Other Popular Ensembles

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Take a walk down memory lane with The Big Band Reader!

Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller were musical masters of their eras, enchanting and romancing audiences with their timeless classics. Relive these wonderful songs and memories through The Big Band Reader: Songs Favored by Swing Era Orchestras and Other Popular Ensembles, a unique and exciting collection of over 140 songs from over 70 bands that are categorized by...

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Overview

Take a walk down memory lane with The Big Band Reader!

Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller were musical masters of their eras, enchanting and romancing audiences with their timeless classics. Relive these wonderful songs and memories through The Big Band Reader: Songs Favored by Swing Era Orchestras and Other Popular Ensembles, a unique and exciting collection of over 140 songs from over 70 bands that are categorized by themes, preferred numbers, and top songs! Paying tribute to better known swing bands, sweet bands (ensembles favoring softer, more sentimental numbers), and some unheralded bands (good ensembles that did not receive much attention or did not have a well-known leader), this book offers music enthusiasts up to four biographical essays relating to specific groups and their popular hits, giving you historical and informative facts about the songs and the people who performed them.

Nostalgic and entertaining, The Big Band Reader is a one-of-a-kind book that provides you with specific details and research about your most cherished songs and their composers, such as:

  • The Artie Shaw Orchestra, well-known for their classic hit “Begin the Beguine,” by composer and lyricist Cole Porter
  • The Benny Goodman Orchestra and their crowd favorite “And the Angels Sing,” written and composed by Johnny Mercer
  • The Billy Eckstine Orchestra's well-loved songs, including “Prisoner of Love,” written by Leo Robin and “A Cottage for Sale,” written by Larry Conley and composed by Willard Robison
  • “Day in Day Out,” with words and music by Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom, which was a favorite of three big bands orchestras, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Bob Crosby
  • Cab Calloway of the Cab Calloway Orchestra, along with Jack Palmer, and their hit “Jumpin’Jive”

    Thorough and fascinating, The Big Band Reader includes an appendix of the big bands arranged by themes to help you find a desired song or group. This remarkable reference will enable you to walk down memory lane and reminisce about the unforgettable songs of swing and its composers.

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This reference to the songs, orchestras and individuals of the big band music era will prove an indispensable reference to any student of swing or jazz big band music: it covers songs favored by swing era orchestras and provides an excellent examination of both the roots of the songs and those orchestras which made them famous.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789009159
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 15.20 (w) x 21.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xv
The Better-Known Swing Bands
Artie Shaw 3
Begin the Beguine 3
Frenesi 5
Summit Ridge Drive 6
Benny Goodman 7
And the Angels Sing 7
Let's Dance 9
Moonglow 11
Sing, Sing, Sing 13
Billy Eckstine 15
Prisoner of Love 15
Without a Song 16
Bob Crosby 17
Day In--Day Out 17
In a Little Gypsy Tea Room 19
Bunny Berigan 21
I Can't Get Started 21
When Yuba Plays the Rumba on His Tuba 23
Cab Calloway 25
Jumpin' Jive 25
Minnie the Moocher 27
Charlie Barnet 29
Cherokee 29
Skyliner 31
Charlie Spivak 33
Linda 33
My Devotion 34
Chick Webb 35
A-Tisket A-Tasket 35
Stompin' at the Savoy 36
Claude Thornhill 39
Loch Lomond 39
Snowfall 41
Clyde McCoy 43
Sugar Blues 43
Count Basie 45
Blue and Sentimental 45
One O'Clock Jump 47
Open the Door, Richard 48
Sugar 49
The Dorsey Brothers 51
Chasing Shadows 51
Lost in a Fog 53
When I Take My Sugar to Tea 54
Duke Ellington 55
Don't Get Around Much Anymore 55
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing 57
Satin Doll 59
Take the "A" Train 60
Erskine Hawkins 61
Tuxedo Junction 61
Frankie Carle 63
Oh What It Seemed to Be 63
Rumors Are Flying 64
Gene Krupa 65
Boogie Blues 65
Let Me Off Uptown 67
Glen Gray 69
Blue Moon 69
Smoke Rings 71
Glenn Miller 73
Chattanooga Choo Choo 73
In the Mood 75
Little Brown Jug 77
Moonlight Serenade 78
Harry James 81
Ciribiribin 81
I've Heard That Song Before 83
Sleepy Lagoon 84
You Made Me Love You 85
Henry Busse 87
Hot Lips 87
Jan Savitt 89
Make Believe Island 89
720 in the Books 91
Jimmie Lunceford 93
The Organ Grinder's Swing 93
Rhythm Is Our Business 95
Jimmy Dorsey 97
Besame Mucho 97
Contrasts 99
So Rare 100
John Kirby 103
Bounce of the Sugar Plum Fairy 103
Undecided 105
Larry Clinton 107
Deep Purple 107
My Reverie 109
Les Brown 111
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio 111
Sentimental Journey 113
Lionel Hampton 115
After You've Gone 115
Flying Home 117
Ray Anthony 119
At Last 119
The Bunny Hop 121
Russ Morgan 123
Pocketful of Dreams 123
You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You 125
Si Zentner 127
Lazy River 127
Stan Kenton 129
Artistry in Rhythm 129
City of Glass 131
Tampico 133
Ted Heath 135
Listen to My Music 135
That Lovely Weekend 137
Ted Weems 139
Heartaches 139
Somebody Stole My Gal 141
Teddy Wilson 143
You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming 143
Tommy Dorsey 145
I'll Never Smile Again 145
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You 147
Marie 149
Opus One 150
Will Bradley 151
Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar 151
High on a Windy Hill 153
Woody Herman 155
Caledonia 155
Early Autumn 157
Woodchopper's Ball 158
The Sweet Bands
Ben Bernie 161
Au Revoir, Pleasant Dreams 161
Sweet Georgia Brown 163
Dick Jurgens 165
Careless 165
Eddy Duchin 167
I Won't Dance 167
My Twilight Dream 169
Freddy Martin 171
I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts 171
Tonight We Love 173
Guy Lombardo 175
Boo-Hoo 175
Coquette 177
Hal Kemp 179
Got a Date with an Angel 179
Horace Heidt 181
Deep in the Heart of Texas 181
I'll Love You in My Dreams 183
Isham Jones 185
I'll See You in My Dreams 185
Wabash Blues 187
Jan Garber 189
A Melody from the Sky 189
You're Breaking My Heart 191
Kay Kyser 193
Three Little Fishes 193
Lawrence Welk 195
Don't Sweetheart Me 195
Leo Reisman 197
The Continental 197
Paradise 199
Paul Whiteman 201
Whispering 201
Wonderful One 203
Sammy Kaye 205
Daddy 205
Harbor Lights 207
Shep Fields 209
Did I Remember? 209
Wayne King 211
Beautiful Love 211
The Waltz You Saved for Me 213
Xavier Cugat 215
Brazil 215
The Breeze and I 217
Some Unheralded Bands
Bennie Moten 221
Moten Swing 221
Benny Carter 223
Kansas City Suite 223
When the Lights Are Low 225
Billy Strayhorn 227
Lush Life 227
Don Redman 229
Chant of the Weed 229
Cherry 231
Fletcher Henderson 233
Christopher Columbus 233
Henderson Stomp 235
Gus Arnheim 237
Sweet and Lovely 237
Them There Eyes 239
Jean Goldkette 241
Remember 241
Tip Toe Through the Tulips 243
John Scott Trotter 245
Swinging on a Star 245
Mal Hallett 249
Good-Night, My Love 249
In the Chapel in the Moonlight 251
Mitchell Ayres 253
I'll Remember April 253
Neal Hefti 255
Batman Theme 255
Paul Weston 257
G. I. Jive 257
Ray Noble 259
Goodnight, Sweetheart 259
Love Is the Sweetest Thing 261
Sy Oliver 263
Yes, Indeed 263
Vic Schoen 265
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen 265
Rum and Coca Cola 267
Appendix Themes of Some Other Bands 269
Bibliography 271
Person and Group Index 273
Title Index 291
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