Written by Louis Prima in 1936. “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)“
Live Carnegie Hall 1938
In my opinion this was the Classic of all Big Band Songs. An Italian wrote it and another Italian was the best Drummer in the Business. Gene Krupa. A lot of bands covered this song but none better than Benny Goodman. In 1938 Goodman was the first Jazz Band leader to ever play Carnegie Hall. To date it is still regarded as the single most important Jazz concert in history. Of Goodman -The King of Swing – the title was invented by Gene Krupa
Benny Goodman - Clarinet
Harry James – Trumpet
Babe Russin – tenor saxophonist
Gene Krupa- Drums
The success of these performances, attended by a large, predominantly teenage audience, and the resultant publicity clearly demonstrated that Goodman was the “King of Swing” and a popular idol. On January 16, 1938, Goodman brought a new level of recognition to jazz with a concert in Carnegie Hall, presenting Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Jess Stacy, Hampton, Krupa, and Wilson from his own entourage, as well as guest soloists from the bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
My parents and my aunts told me they had dances every Saturday night back in their day. All I can say is if this is what they had to dance too. THEY WERE LUCKY AND BLESSED PEOPLE.
To me Sing, Sing, Sing epitomizes the Big Band Sound. How in the world can anybody top this song?
Sing, Sing, Sing ” With a Swing “.
sing, sing, sing, everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you’re singin with a swing
sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you’re singin like everything.
When the music goes around,
everybody’s gonna go to town.
But here is one thing you should know
Sing it high and sing it low.
Oh, sing sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you’re singin with a real good swing!