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