And the Band Played On

Dear Readers,

I am thankful that my father shared his love of music with me.  Music flowed throughout our house every day, all day, Jazz, Blues, Rock N Roll, Blue grass, and Country, yes I said Country. My father loved Charlie Daniels, Roy Roger, and the men in black Johnny Cash. My father introduced me to classical music and opera, but my favorite is Big Band music. I love the sound, groove, and the energy of the Big Bands. Every time I hear the sound of swing music, I remember sitting in the living room with my dad and watching people dance with jubilation to big Band music.

My top Ten List of Big Band Leaders.

  1. Glenn Miller
  2. Duke Ellington
  3. Benny Goodman
  4. Louis Armstrong
  5. Count Basie
  6. Tommy Dorsey
  7. Artie Shaw
  8. Buddy Rich
  9. Cab Calloway
  10. Lionel Hampton


Top Ten of Big Band Songs

  1. Sing, sing, Sing
  2. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  3. Take The “ A” train
  4. In The Mood
  5. Mack the Knife
  6. Star-dust
  7. Lover man ( oh where can you be)
  8. Begin The Beguine
  9. White Christmas
  10. I’ll Never Smile Again

Swing Time

Dear readers,

In case you’re wondering about my musical selections,they are not chosen randomly.  Growing up I was fortunate to live in a  house where music played an important role in our daily routine. My father loved all genre of music and taught his children to appreciate the artist talent of each performer. We danced and song as a form of entertainment, instead of watching Television.  However, were  two shows we did watch together,  American Band Stand, and Soul Train. One of my fathers’ favorite singers Sam Cooke. My vinyl Classics:

Aretha Franklin: Natural Women ( composed by Carol King), The Five Heartbeats: A house is a heart, The man in black himself, Johnny Cash: Walk the Line, The elements of the world, Earth, Wind & Fire: Lets Groove, Ray Charles: Georgia, Representing the women in Country music, Ms. Loretta Lynn: Coal miners Daughter, Benny Goodman: Sing, Sing, Sing, Duke Ellington: Take the A Train, Cab Calloway: Hi De Ho

What song makes you, Shake Rattle and Roll~Bill Haley & his Coments

What say you?

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