What are your favorite songs from the Swing era?

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  1. midget38 profile image86
    midget38posted 11 years ago

    What are your favorite songs from the Swing era?

  2. carolina muscle profile image67
    carolina muscleposted 11 years ago

    I always enjoyed the work of Frank Sinatra, and his best work during the Swing Era was during his time with the Tommy Dorsey Band -- I particularly like "Fools Rush In ( Where Angels Fear to Tread )"  from around 1940.

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Sinatra is a legend.  Will always love My Way!

  3. MickS profile image61
    MickSposted 11 years ago

    Bugle boy - The Andrews Sisters...........................

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      "Don't sit under the apple tree, with anyone else but me...." goodness, that was lovely!!

  4. midget38 profile image86
    midget38posted 11 years ago

    On behalf of Papa Bear, who answered this question (apologies it was accidentally deleted):

    That era was a time of Big Band Sounds pretty cool as well. Now at a show you never see an orchestra, let alone a big band, everything is all recorded or generated on a keyboard. Someday's it would be nice if Benny Goodmans Band was up there, Atie Shaw. Hmm! some era.

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Indeed, it was a grand era!

  5. Mr Archer profile image83
    Mr Archerposted 11 years ago

    There were some timeless classics in the period, but none (to me) any better than "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller. In my estimation, it sets the tone for just what swing was: smooth, classy, and enjoyed by all.

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Mr. Archer, that has always been one of my favorite songs too! It is really classy, and one that keeps the feet moving!

  6. PAPA-BEAR profile image61
    PAPA-BEARposted 11 years ago

    What a special era the Swing Era. The sounds of The Big Bands was everywhere. Now you go to a concert, fortunate to find a few musicians, no orchestra's, no Big Bands, just a keyboard hammering out the same synthetic sounds without the personality, the punch, the I know that player. Come back Benny Goodman and your Band, come back Artie Shaw. Gone but never forgotten.

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for coming in again, Papa Bear! Yes, music is sadly cut and paste, synthesized these days.

  7. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image84
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 11 years ago

    Oooh - one of my favorite music eras!  I love so many of those songs, but Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy does it for me every time!

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, Marcy, definitely mine too! WIll look out for this song!

  8. AlexDrinkH2O profile image75
    AlexDrinkH2Oposted 11 years ago

    "Sing Sing Sing"  written by Louis Prima and "In The Mood" by Wingy Manone and rearranged by Glenn Miller, Joe Garland and Andy Razaf.

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Wonderful choices, Alex!

  9. Rev. Akins profile image71
    Rev. Akinsposted 11 years ago

    Moonlight Serenade. My wife and I had our first dance to this song after we were married. It had special meaning before that, but after and during it has had a very wonderful place in my heart. I love the whole Swing Era, many of my favorite songs to just sit and listen.
    Thanks for the chance to remember the song...

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That is truly romantic, Rev Atkins. Thanks for sharing!

  10. rfmoran profile image71
    rfmoranposted 11 years ago

    In the Mood and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B

  11. Lorne Hemmerling profile image87
    Lorne Hemmerlingposted 11 years ago

    I have to agree with Sinatra as a choice, amazing talent! The song arrangements are outstanding! The way the band punctuates his vocals with drum hits and horn shots…..gives me chills! Totally off topic here, I remember seeing an interview with Glen Campbell, who played guitar with him on 'Strangers In The Night'. He said he was so in awe of Sinatra, he couldn't stop staring at him. Sinatra, then asked one of the recording technicians who the gay guitar player is. Too funny! I have always liked Satin Doll, just love the way this tune swings. Stormy Weather is another favourite. Man…those song writers churned out some great songs in those days!

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Lorne, thanks for sharing! Sinatra is indeed a legend. WIll definitely list one of his songs as a top choice!

  12. Blond Logic profile image94
    Blond Logicposted 11 years ago

    I have to agree with many of the others, In The Mood. By the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
    I went to visit my Grandmother who lived in a retirement community. Everyone had to be over 55 to live there. At the time, it seemed like just a bunch of old people. Now, that I am closer to that age, it has changed my perspective. ;-)
    My Grandmother had decided to take us to a concert that was at the community center, I remember thinking, "Yawn yawn, how boring"
    When they started playing that song, it was such an eye opener. It was fantastic. I know my Grandmother was  pleased that she had enlightened us to an era of music I may have passed over.

    1. midget38 profile image86
      midget38posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      In the Mood really puts people in a dancing frenzy. True, it's harder to appreciate an era of music when we are not in it...glad your grandmother introduced you to it! Thanks for sharing!

  13. fpherj48 profile image61
    fpherj48posted 11 years ago

    GreenEyes----BlueSkies....Vilia....Stardust....Cry....Dream......Witchcraft....Dancing in the Dark----    Twilight Time----   I Apologize---    Moonlight Serenade----   Lady is a Tramp.....It's Magic ----    The Little White Cloud that Cried----   Be My Love ---  Baubles Bangles and Beads ----   That Man of Mine---   Blue Moon ---   Cry Me a River----   Opus #9 ---   Unforgettable....In the mood..........OK...some are swing...some are sway. but all the same era.


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