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550 Greatest Swing Era Songs

Popular Music In The Time of Big Band & Swing:
The Greatest Songs of The Swing Era (1935-1945)
and Its Legacy of Style

Background: The Swing Era was when big band swing music was at its most popular in America between the years 1935-1945. This music was heard in 3 places mainly. (1) mainstream AM radio ("Your Hit Parade" as so many formats were entitled back then), (2) the dance and concert halls where the big bands played, or soloists like Crosby sang & (3) the Armed Forces USO's & canteens.

Symbols:(v) and (I) stand for vocal (present in recording) and Instrumental (all instrumental) respectively. Noted vocalists or instrumental soloists mentioned made an out-sized contribution to the recording.

Criteria: This list is made up mostly of songs within the "Golden Age of Swing" (1935-1945), plus a few songs from some of the same artists in the same style recorded shortly after the "Golden Age". (See below the list for more details.)
Edited By: Tom B./John B.
Last Updated: 10-17-2012

Greatest Swing Era Songs
  1. Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1937)
  2. Take The A Train - Duke Ellington (1941)
  3. In The Mood - Glenn Miller Band (1939)
  4. God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday (1941)
  5. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942)
  6. Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1938)
  7. Stardust - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1940)
  8. Chattanooga Choo-Choo - Glenn Miller Band, w/Tex Benecke & The Modernaires (v) (1941)
  9. I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers (v) (1940)
10. Mack The Knife - Louis Armstrong (1955)
11. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon - The Andrews Sisters (1937)
12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters (1941)
13. String of Pearls - Glenn Miller Band (1942)
14. At The Woodchoppers Ball - Woody Herman Orchestra (1939, Decca/MCA)
15. The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me - Sidney Bechet & His Hot Six (1951)
16. Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland (1939)
17. T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) - Jimmie Lunceford Band (1939)
18. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie Orchestra (1937)
19. Flying Home - Lionel Hampton Band (1942)
20. Blues In The Night - Woody Herman (v) w/His Orchestra (1941)
21. The Man I Love - Benny Goodman Quartet (I) (1937) // Billie Holiday (v) (live, 1946)
22. I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (1937)
23. Sentimental Journey - Les Brown Band w/Doris Day (v) (1945)
24. Where Or When - Benny Goodman Trio (I) (1937)
25. Summertime - Sidney Bechet (I) (1937)
26. Stardust - Charlie Spivak Orchestra (1943-aircheck)
27. Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller (1929)
28. Body & Soul - Coleman Hawkins (I) (1939)
29. Tenderly - Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (1946)
30. Sometimes I'm Happy - Lester Young (I) (1943)
31. Straighten Up & Fly Right - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1942)
32. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) - Billie Holiday (1944)
33. Nature Boy - Nat "King" Cole (1948)
34. September Song - Sarah Vaughn (v) w/Teddy Wilson Quartet (1946)
35. Do You Know What It Means To New Orleans? - Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland 7 (1946, Victor)
36. I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller Band, w/Tex Benecke & The Modernaires (1942)
37. Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (1939)
38. Why Don't You Do Right? - Benny Goodman Band w/Peggy Lee (v) (1942)
39. Glow-Worm - The Mills Brothers, w/Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra (1952)
40. Nuages - Django Reinhardt (1940)
41. Rum and Coca-Cola - The Andrews Sisters (1945, Decca version)
42. Deep Purple - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain, (v) (1938)
43. A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (I) (1946, RCA)
44. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire - The Ink Spots (1941)
45. The Trolley Song - Judy Garland (1944)
46. The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1946)
47. Lady Day - Artie Shaw Orchestra w/Roy Eldridge (I) (1944)
48. It Might As Well Be Spring - Dick Haymes (1945) // Margaret Whiting (1945)
49. A Tisket, A Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald w/Chick Webb Band (1937)
50. Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey Band w/Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell (v) (1941)
51. Stormy Monday Blues - Earl Hines Orchestra, w/Billy Eckstine (v) (1942)
52. Marie - Tommy Dorsey Band w/Jack Leonard, vocal (1937)
53. Solitude - Billie Holiday (1940)
54. Moonglow - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1940)
55. Song of India - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1937)
56. Hep Hep The Jumpin' Jive - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (1939)
57. Let's Get Away From It All - Tommy Dorsey Band w/Frank Sinatra, & The Pied Pipers (1941)
58. Perdido - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (Victor, 1942)
59. If I Loved You - Perry Como (1945)
60. Cherokee - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (I) (1939)
61. Night And Day - Billie Holiday (1939)
62. Stompin' At The Savoy - Benny Goodman Orchestra (1937)
63. Perfidia - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1941, Decca studio)
64. Yes Indeed! - Tommy Dorsey Band w/Jo Stafford (v) (1941)
65. Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie w/Charlie Parker (1945)
66. Opus One - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1944)
67. The Man From Mars - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (live, 1939)
68. Jumpin' At The Woodside - Count Basie Orchestra (1938)
69. I'll Be Seeing You - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (recorded 1940, released 1944)
70. Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers (1942)
71. Frenesi - Artie Shaw & Orchestra, (1940)
72. Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman Orchestra (I) (1938)
73. Oh! Look At Me Now - Tommy Dorsey Band w/Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1941)
74. Skyliner - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (1944)
75. The Gypsy - The Ink Spots (1946)
76. Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey Band w/Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell (v) (1941)
77. And The Angels Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Ziggy Elman (I) & Martha Tilton (v) (1939)
78. Taking A Chance On Love - Benny Goodman w/Helen Forrest (v) (recorded 1940, released 1943)
79. On The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer (1945) // Judy Garland (1945)
80. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Tommy Dorsey Band w/The Clark Sisters (v) (1944)
81. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie - Fats Waller (1936)
82. Choo-Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1946)
83. Swinging On A Star - Bing Crosby (1944)
84. Celery Stalks At Midnight - Will Bradley Orchestra (1940)
85. All The Things You Are - Artie Shaw w/Helen Forrest (v) (1939)
86. Long Ago And Far Away - Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest (1944)
87. I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James Band w/Helen Forrest (v) (1942)
88. With The Wind and The Rain In Your Hair - Bob Chester Band w/Delores O'Neill (v) (1940)
89. All Or Nothing At All - Harry James Band w/Frank Sinatra (1939)
90. Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford (v) (1945)
91. Artistry In Rhythm - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (I) (1943)
92. The House Of Blue Lights - Ella Mae Morse w/Freddy Slack Orchestra (1946)
93. Mr. Five By Five - Ella Mae Morse w/Freddy Slack Band (v) (1942)
94. As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson (1931, re-issued 1942)
95. Skylark - Harry James Band w/Helen Forrest (v) (1942) // Maxine Sullivan (v) (1943)
96. Personality - Johnny Mercer (1945)
97. Moonlight In Vermont - Billy Butterfield & His Orchestra w/Margaret Whiting (v) (1945)
98. Fools Rush In - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1940)
99. The Mole - Harry James Orchestra (I) (1941)
100. With A Song In My Heart - Doris Day (v) w/Harry James (1950)

101. These Foolish Things - Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Helen Ward (v) (1936)
102. The Man With A Horn - Harry James & His Orchestra (I) (1946) // Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (I) (1947)
103. Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday (1952)
104. Nice Work If You Can Get It - Fred Astaire (v) // Benny Goodman Trio (I) (live broadcast) (1937, both)
105. Tabu - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1945)
106. Take The "A" Train - Delta Rhythm Boys (v) (1941)
107. This Nearly Was Mine - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1951)
108. New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1940) // Bing Crosby (1941)
109. Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire (1935) // The Boswell Sisters (1935) // Count Basie Orchestra (I) (1949)
110. They Can't Take That Away From Me - Fred Astaire (1937)
111. Tampico - Stan Kenton Orchestra w/June Christy (v) (1945)
112. Blue Moon - Ray Noble Orchestra w/Al Bowlly (v) (1935)
113. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1942)
114. More Than You Know - Mildred Bailey (1936)
115. Angel Face - Coleman Hawkins (I) (1947)
116. Johnny Come Lately - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (1941)
117. Bandstand Boogie - Les Elgart & His Orchestra (1954)
118. Satin Doll - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1953)
119. Going to Chicago - Count Basie Orchestra w/Jimmy Rushing (v) (1941)
120. The White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn (1942)
121. Early Autumn - Woody Herman Band w/Stan Getz (I) (1948)
122. Lester Leaps In - Count Basie’s Kansas City Seven w/Lester Young (I) (1939)
123. Loch Lomond - Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Martha Tilton (v) (1937)
124. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting (1949)
125. There'll Come A Time (Wait And See) - Red Nichols & His Five Pennies (I) (1928)
126. Stormy Weather - Ethel Waters (1933) // Lena Horne (1943)
127. If I Didn't Care - The Ink Spots (1939)
128. Jukebox Saturday Night - Glenn Miller Band w/Tex Benecke & The Modernaires (1942)
129. I'll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore (1943) // Martha Tilton (1944)
130. Besame Mucho - Andy Russell (1944)
131. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Red Norvo Orchestra w/Mildred Bailey (v) (1937)
         //   Les Brown Orchestra (recorded 1946 , released 1949)

132. When It's Sleepytime Down South - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (1931)
133. Polka Dots & Moonbeams - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (1940)
134. I Got A Right To Sing The Blues - Jack Teagarden (1939)
135. You Always Hurt The One You Love - The Mills Brothers (1944)
136. Sent For You Yesterday and Here You Come Today - Count Basie Band w/Jimmy Rushing (v) (1938)
137. After Hours - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (1940) // Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (1947)
138. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday (1939)
139. I Cover The Waterfront - Louis Armstrong & Band (1933) // Billie Holiday (1941)
140. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
141. Prisoner of Love - Russ Colombo (1932) // Perry Como (1945)
142. If I Had You - Benny Goodman Sextet (1942)
143. My Blue Heaven - Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five (1940)
144. Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington Orchestra (1940)
145. The Man I Love - Billie Holiday (v) (studio, 1939) // Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1945 remake)
146. Brazil - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra (1942)
147. Love Walked In - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra w/Bob Eberly (v) (1938)
148. Any Old Time - Billie Holiday (v) w/Artie Shaw Orchestra (1938)
149. For Me And My Gal - Gene Kelly & Judy Garland (1942)
150. Rockin' In Rhythm - Duke Ellington/The Jungle Band (1931, Decca/Brunswick version)
151. Under An Orange-Colored Sky - Nat "King" Cole Trio w/Stan Kenton Orchestra (1950)
152. Cow Cow Boogie - Ella Mae Morse (v) w/Freddy Slack Band (1942)
153. Not So Quiet, Please - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Buddy Rich (I) (1942)
154. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1946)
155. So Little Time - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (1938)
156. Heaven Can Wait - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Jack Leonard (v) (1939)
157. Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Yvonne Lanuaze (v) (1950, Columbia)
158. My Reverie - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
159. Little John Special - Lucky Millinder Orchestra w/Dizzy Gillespie (I) (1942)
160. Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa Orchestra w/Roy Eldridge (I) & Anita O'Day (v) (1946)
161. Ramona - Benny Goodman Orchestra (I) (1942)
162. Eager Beaver - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (1943)
163. I'll Get By - Dick Haymes w/Harry James Orchestra (1941)
164. Don't Take Your Love From Me - Artie Shaw Band w/Lena Horne (v) (1941)
165. Some Enchanted Evening - Jo Stafford (1949)
166. The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire (1936)
167. Tippin' In - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (I) (1945)
168. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life - Billie Holiday w/Lester Young (1937)
169. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart - Duke Ellington Orchestra (I) (1937)
         //   Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Martha Tilton(v) (1938)

170. September Song - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1945)
171. The Maid With A Flaccid Air - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1945)
172. Things Ain't What They Used To Be - Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra (1941)
         //   Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (V-Disc version, 1943)

173. Hit The Road To Dreamland - Betty Hutton (1954)
174. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (1933)
175. Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1940)
176. Dear Old Southland - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra w/Sidney Bechet (I) (1937)
177. Jeepers Creepers - Louis Armstrong (1939)
178. Flamingo - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Herb Jeffries (v) (1940)
179. After You've Gone - Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys (1936)
         //   Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France w/Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli (I) (1937)

180. Accentuate The Positive - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (1944)
181. You'll Never Know - Dick Haymes (1943)
182. Sand In My Shoes - Connie Boswell (1937)
182. St. James Infirmary - King Oliver Jazz Band (1930) // Jack Teagarden’s Big Eight w/Ben Webster (v) (1940)
183. Basin Street Blues - Charleston Chasers w/Jack Teagarden (v) (1931)
         //   Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Joe Harris (v) (1934)

184. The Coffee Song - Frank Sinatra (1946)
185. Bizet Has His Day – Les Brown Orchestra (I) (1941)
186. Caravan - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (1937, Columbia version)
187. Across The Alley From The Alamo - The Mills Brothers (1946)
188. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) - Bing Crosby & Connie Boswell (1937)
189. Night and Day - Fred Astaire (1933) // Frank Sinatra (v) w/Axel Stohdahl Orchestra (1943)
190. Jeep's Blues - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Johnny Hodges (I) (1938)
191. I've Got It Bad And That Ain't Good - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Ivie Anderson (v) (1941)
192. Leap Frog - Les Brown Orchestra (1946)
193. The World Is Waiting For A Sunrise - Mel Powell Sextet w/Benny Goodman (I) (1942)
194. Let's Dance - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1939)
195. Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet - Ella Mae Morse (1943)
196. Diga Diga Doo - Artie Shaw & His Band (live broadcast-1939)
197. Jump For Joy - Duke Ellington Band w/Ivie Anderson (v) (1940)
198. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Concerto For Cootie) - Duke Ellington Orchestra (I) (1944)
         //   Stan Kenton & His Orchestra w/Red Dorris (v) (1944)

199. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Dinah Shore (1943)
200. Thanks For The Memories - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross (1938)

201. Elks Parade - Bobby Sherwood & His Orchestra (I) (1942)
202. Till Then - The Mills Brothers (1943)
203. Serenade Of The Bells - Jo Stafford (1947)
204. Laura - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra (I) (1945)
205. Daddy - Sammy Kaye Orchestra w/The Kay-Dettes (v) (1941)
206. The Song Is You - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v)
         //   (Sinatra's farewell to The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, radio broadcast, 1942)

207. East Of The Sun - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1940)
208. Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller (Victor All-Star Jam, 1941)
         //   Lena Horne (v) w/Benny Carter Orchestra (1943)

209. Intermission Riff - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (I) (1947)
210. I've Got The Sun In The Morning - Les Brown Band w/Doris Day (v) (1946)
211. Pennsylvania Polka - The Andrews Sisters (1942)
212. I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen - Sammy Kaye Orchestra w/Don Cornell (v) (1943)
213. Well, Git It! - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1942)
214. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine - Stan Kenton Band w/Anita O'Day (v) (1944)
215. Play A Simple Melody - Bing Crosby w/Gary Crosby (1950)
216. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1944)
217. You Go To My Head - Billie Holiday (1938, & remake, 1952)
         //   Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)

218. It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing - Duke Ellington Band w/Ivie Anderson (v) (1932)
219. Marinella - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1941)
220. Harlem Congo - Chick Webb & His Orchestra (1937)
221. What A Difference A Day Made - Kay Starr (v) w/Charlie Barnet Orchestra (1944)
222. My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
223. Contrasts - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (1940)
224. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart - Judy Garland (1943)
225. Rock Me To Sleep - Les Brown Brown w/Lucy Ann Polk (v) (1950)
226. I Got Rhythm - Ethel Waters (1930)
227. Avalon - Benny Goodman Quartet (I) (1937)
228. Get On Board, Little Children - Ella Mae Morse (1943)
229. Corner Pocket - Count Basie Orchestra (1955)
230. That's The Way It Is - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots (1945)
231. I Didn't Know What Time It Is - Artie Shaw Orchestra, w/Helen Forrest (v) (1939)
232. Flat Foot Floogie - Slim and Slam (1938)
233. Summertime - Billie Holiday (v) (1936) // Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1945)
234. It Had To Be You - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1938 version, without strings
         //   Betty Hutton (v) (1944)

235. Mam'selle - Art Lund (v) (1947)
236. I'm In The Mood For Love - Little Jack Little & His Orchestra (1935)
237. Sunday Kind Of Love - Fran Warren (v) w/The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (1947)
238. Adios, Maraquita Linda - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1940)
239. In The Still Of The Night - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Jack Leonard (v) (1937)
240. Snowfall - Claude Thornhill Orchestra (I) (1941)
241. My Fantasy - Artie Shaw Orchestra w/Pauline Byrne (v) (1940)
242. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, & Me) - The Ink Spots (1940)
243. The Blues (Part 1 & Part 2) - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1936, Columbia)
244. Finesse (Night Wind) - Rex Stewart w/Django Reinhardt (1939)
245. Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Fats Waller (1936) // Ink Spots (1944)
246. Little Jazz - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1946)
247. Jungle Drums - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1938)
248. Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette! - Tex Williams (1947)
249. This Year's Kisses - Billie Holiday (v) w/Lester Young (1937)
250. Fascinating Rhythm - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Arthur Schutt, piano (I) (1943)
251. I Get Along Without You Very Well - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
252. Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1930)
253. Stardust - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Edythe Wright (v) (1937)
254. The Music Goes Round and Round - Tommy Dorsey & His Clambake Seven w/Edythe Wright (v)
         //   Riley-Farley & Their Onyx Club Boys (both, 1935)

255. All God's Chillin' Got Rhythm - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Ivie Anderson (v) (1937)
256. That Old Feeling - Lennie Hayton Orchestra w/Paul Barry (v) (1938)
257. Darn That Dream - Mildred Bailey (v)/Benny Goodman Band (1939)
258. I'm Free (What's New ?) - Bob Crosby Orchestra w/Billy Butterfield (v) (1938)
259. South Rampart Street Parade - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra (I) (1937)
260. The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1940)
261. Lover Come Back To Me - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1939)
262. He's Funny That Way - Billie Holiday (1937)
263. You'll Never Walk Alone - Judy Garland (1945)
264. Cross Your Heart - Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five (1940)
265. Pyramid - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1940)
266. Are You Hep To The Jive? - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (1940)
267. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - Glenn Miller Orchestra w/The Modernaires // The Andrews Sisters (1942)
268. I'm Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots (1944)
269. G. I. Jive - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1944)
270. April In Paris - Buster Bailey Sextet (1940)
271. In A Persian Market - Larry Clinton Orchestra (I) (1938)
272. Sugar Blues - Clyde McCoy & His Orchestra (I) (Columbia, 1931)
273. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? - Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five (1940)
274. Body And Soul - Louis Armstrong (1932) // Benny Goodman Trio (I) - (1935)
275. I Hear A Rhapsody - Charlie Barnet Orchestra w/Bob Carroll (v) (1941)
276. Summit Ridge Drive - Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five (1940)
277. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening - Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman (1951)
278. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots (1944)
279. Bonaparte's Retreat - Kay Starr (1950)
280. Gotta Be This Or That - Benny Goodman Orchestra (1945)
281. I Love You - Jo Stafford (1944)
282. (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time - The Andrews Sisters (1941)
283. Jingle Jangle Jingle - Kay Kyser & His College Of Musical Knowledge (1942)
284. Dinah - Pee Wee Russell & His Rhythm Makers (1939)
285. It All Comes Back To Me Now - Hal Kemp Orchestra w/Bob Allen (v) (1940)
286. Amor - Andy Russell (1944)
287. My Heart Stood Still - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1939)
288. Drum Boogie - Gene Krupa Orchestra w/Irene Day (v) (1941)
289. Without A Song - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1941)
290. King Porter Stomp - Benny Goodman Orchestra (1935)
291. Blue Skies - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1941)
292. The Lamp Is Low - Tommy Dorsey Band w/Jack Leonard (v) (1939)
293. The Count's Idea - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (1939)
294. It Could Happen To You - Jo Stafford (1944)
295. In The Blue Of Evening - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1942)
296. I Remember You - Harry James Orchestra w/Helen Forrest (v) (1942)
297. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Ella Fitzgerald (v) & Her Famous Orchestra(1941)
298. Pompton Turnpike - Charlie Barnet Orchestra (1940)
299. South Bayou Shuffle - Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra (1942)
300. Jersey Bounce - Benny Goodman Orchestra (1942)

301. I'll Dance At Your Wedding - Tony Martin (v) w/Earle Hagen Orchestra (1947)
302. Waiting For A Train To Come In - Peggy Lee (1945)
303. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano - Glenn Miller Band w/Ray Eberle (v) (1940)
304. Swingtime In The Rockies - Benny Goodman Orchestra (1936)
305. Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1946)
306. Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt (1937)
307. Frim Fram Sauce - Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald (1946)
308. Smoke Rings - Glen Gray & His Casa Loma Orchestra (1937)
309. Enjoy Yourself - Louis Prima & His Orchestra w/Keely Smith (v) (1950)
310. Sugarfoot Stomp - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1936)
311. 720 In The Books - Jan Savitt & His Top-Hatters (1939)
312. Our Love Is Here To Stay - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
313. Cocktails For Two - Spike Jones & His City Slickers (N) (1944)
314. Exactly Like You - Benny Goodman Quartet w/Lionel Hampton (v) (1936)
         //   Woody Herman Band (I) (1939)

315. The Joint Is Jumpin' - Fats Waller (1937)
316. In A Mellotone - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1940)
317. Koko - Duke Ellington Orchestra (alternate take, RCA Victor, 1940)
318. Willow Weep For Me - Stan Kenton Orchestra w/June Christy (v) (1946)
319. Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing Quintet w/Ray Charles Singers (1952)
320. Happy Days Are Here Again - Ben Selvin Orchestra (1930)
321. Top Hat, White Tail & Tails - Fred Astaire - (1935)
322. Goodnight, My Love - Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Ella Fitzgerald (v) (1936)
323. William Tell Overture (Beetle Bomb) - Spike Jones & His City Slickers (N) (1948)
324. Big Noise From Winnetka - Members of The Bob Crosby Orchestra (I) (1938)
325. Your Feets Too Big - Fats Waller (1939)
326. It's Only A Paper Moon - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1944) // Ella Fitzgerald w/The Delta Rhythm Boys (1945)
327. Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar - Will Bradley & His Orchestra
         //   The Andrews Sisters (v) (both, 1940)

328. Quiet Please - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Buddy Rich (I) (1940)
329. Woody Woodpecker - Mel Blanc & The Sportsmen (N) (1948)
330. I Wish I Knew - Dick Haymes (v) (1945)
331. The Very Thought of You - Ray Noble Orchestra w/Al Bowlly (v) (1934)
332. Darktown Strutters Ball - Castle Jazz Band (I) (1949) // Turk Murphy's Jazz Band w/vocal (1950)
333. Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (1932)
334. Blues In C Sharp Minor - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (1936)
335. Blues In The Night - Jimmie Lunceford Band (1942)
336. I Double Dare You - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1937)
337. The Brooklyn Bridge - Frank Sinatra (1947)
338. The Woodpecker Song - Glenn Miller Orchestra w/Marion Hutton & The Modernaires (v) (1940)
339. The Nearness Of You - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Helen Southern (v) (1940)
340. Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina - Gene Krupa Band w/Anita O' Day (1941)
341. Perfidia - Xavier Cugat Orchestra (I) (1943)
342. Two Dreams Got Together - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
343. Mean To Me - Billie Holiday (1937)
344. The Glory Of Love - Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Helen Ward (v) (1937)
345. Oh, Lady Be Good - Jones-Smith Incorporated (Count Basie small group) (1936)
346. A Viper's Moan - Willy Bryant & His Orchestra (1935)
347. St. Louis Blues - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (1934 remake)
348. Old Buttermilk Sky - Hoagy Carmichael (v) (1946)
349. I'm Glad There Is You - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra w/Bob Eberly (v) (1941)
         //   Mildred Bailey w/Red Norvo (1945)

350. Auf Weiders'ehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn (v) (1952)
351. Back Bay Shuffle - Artie Shaw Orchestra (1938)
352. Good Morning Heartache - Billie Holiday (1946)
353. Whatcha Know, Jo? - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Jo Stafford (v) (1941)
354. Mango Mangue - Charlie Parker (I) w/Machito & His Orchestra (1947)
355. Tea For Two - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (original version, Bluebird/Victor, 1937)
356. Dancing In The Dark - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1940)
357. All My Life - Ella Fitzgerald (v) w/Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (1936)
358. This Love Of Mine - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1941)
359. Skin Deep - Duke Ellington Orchestra featuring Louis Bellson (drums) (1952)
360. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie - Buster Bailey & His Orchestra (I) (1940)
361. Echoes of Harlem - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Cootie Williams (I) (1936)
362. Night Train - Buddy Morrow Orchestra (I) (1952)
363. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington Orchestra (Bluebird/RCA, 1940)
364. Don't Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (1944)
365. Stardust (uptempo version) - Louis Armstrong (1931) // Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1936)
366. Once In A While - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/The Sentimentalists (v) (1937)
367. Limehouse Blues - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (1934)
368. Me, Myself & I - Billie Holiday (1937)
369. Will You Still Be Mine? - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Connie Haines (v) (1941) // Jaye P. Morgan (v) (1955)
370. Without Your Love - Billie Holiday (1937)
371. Elmer's Tune - Glenn Miller Orchestra w/The Modernaires (v) (1939)
         //   Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra (I) (1941)

372. Music Makers - Harry James & His Orchestra (1941)
373. Saving Myself For You - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938, aircheck)
374. Comes Love - Artie Shaw Orchestra w/Helen Forrest (v) (1939)
375. Day In Day Out - Artie Shaw Orchestra w/Helen Forrest (v) (1939)
376. Shout Them Aunt Tillie - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (I) (1930)
377. Start Dancing With A Smile (Part 2) - Les Elgart Orchestra (I) (1955)
378. The Dipsy Doodle - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v)
379. One For My Baby and One More For The Road - Frank Sinatra (1947)
380. Blue Room - Buster Bailey Sextet (1940)
381. The Gold Digger's Song (We're In The Money) - Ted Lewis And His Band (1933)
382. Time Waits For No One - Helen Forrest (1944)
383. St. Louis Blues - Louis Armstrong (1930, Okeh version)
384. American Patrol - Glenn Miller Orchestra (I) (1942)
385. Hallelujah! - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra w/Buddy Rich (1941)
386. Lonesome Road - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1939)
387. Let's Face The Music And Dance - Fred Astaire (1936)
388. Lullaby Of Broadway - Hal Kemp Orchestra w/Bob Allen (v)
         //   Dorsey Brothers Orchestra w/Bob Crosby (v) (both 1935)

389. Adios - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1941)
390. Buttons And Bows - Dinah Shore (1948)
391. Love Is The Sweetest Thing - Ray Noble Orchestra w/Al Bowlly (v) 1932)
392. Bolero At The Savoy - Gene Krupa Band w/Irene Day (v) (1938)
         //   Gene Krupa Band w/Anita O'Day (v) (1941)

393. Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra (v) (1946)
394. Hamp's Boogie Woogie - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra w/Earl Bostic (1944)
395. Linda - Buddy Clark (v) w/Ray Noble & His Orchestra (1947)
396. The Hut-Sut Song - Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights (N) (1941)
397. How High The Moon - Benny Goodman Band w/Helen Forrest (v)
         //   Larry Clinton Band w/Terry Allen (v) (1940)

398. Says My Heart - Ozzie Nelson Orchestra w/Harriet Hilliard (v) (1938)
399. Strip Polka - Alvino Rey & His Orchestra w/The King Sisters (v) (1942)
400. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (I) (1935)

401. Hop, Skip And A Jump - Artie Shaw Orchestra (1945)
402. The Honeydripper - Joe Liggins (1945)
403. Finger Buster - Willie "The Lion" Smith (I) (1939)
404. Rose Room - Benny Goodman Sextet (I) (1939)
405. Slaughter On 10th Avenue - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (I) (1936)
406. Pa-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai (Hawaiian War Chant) - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees (v) (1938)
407. I Only Have Eyes For You - Dick Haymes (v) (1946)
408. I'm Coming Virginia - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (1935) // Sidney Bechet (1941)
409. Till The End Of Time - Perry Como (1945)
410. Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You) - The Mills Brothers (1949)
411. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho - Sidney Bechet (1949)
412. Song Of The Volga Boatmen - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1941)
413. The Peanut Vendor - Don Azpiazu & His Havana Casino Orchestra (1930)
414. When Winter Comes - Artie Shaw & His Band, w/Tony Pastor (v) (1939)
415. Down South Camp Meeting - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (I) (1934)
416. No Love, No Nothin' - Ella Mae Morse (1944)
417. At The Fat Man's - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Charlie Shavers (v) (1946)
418. Easy To Love - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1945)
419. Rockin' Chair - Mildred Bailey (v) (1937) // Gene Krupa Band w/Roy Eldridge (I) (1941)
420. Bounce Me, Brother, With A Solid Four - Will Bradley Orchestra w/Ray McKinley (v) (1941)
421. He Ain't Got Rhythm - Jimmy Rushing (v) w/Benny Goodman Orchestra (1937)
422. And The Angels Sing - Ziggy Elman & His Orchestra (I) (1938)
423. Swing Interpretation In D Minor - Stephane Grapelli & Django Reinhardt (1937)
424. I'm Beginning To See The Light - Harry James Band w/Kitty Kallen (v) (1945)
425. Little Joe From Chicago - Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy (I) (1938)
426. Heartaches - Ted Weems Orchestra w/Elmo Tanner (released 1933, reissued 1947)
427. When The Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (1938)
428. Say Si Si - The Andrews Sisters (v) w/Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (1940)
429. No Name Jive - Glen Gray & His Casa Loma Orchestra (1940)
430. Sleepy Lagoon - Harry James & His Orchestra (I) (1942)
431. It's Been A Long, Long Time - Harry James Orchestra w/Kitty Kallen (v) (1945)
432. Perdido Street Stomp - Sidney Bechet (I) (1945)
433. Perdido Street Blues - Louis Armstrong w/Sidney Bechet (1940)
434. So Tired - Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (w/vocal) (1948 remake)
435. Sunday, Monday Or Always - Bing Crosby (1943)
436. Something's Gotta Give - Fred Astaire (v) (1954) // Stuart Foster (v) (1955)
437. Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go) - Frank Sinatra (1946)
438. Caldonia - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1945)
439. Woo Woo - Harry James & His Boogie Woogie Trio (1939)
440. In A Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1936)
441. A Wonderful Guy - Margaret Whiting (1949)
442. Heart and Soul - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
443. Goody Goody - Benny Goodman Orchestra/w Helen Ward (v) (1937)
444. Now Is The Hour - Bing Crosby (1948)
445. It's Tight Like That - McKinney's Cotton Pickers (I) (1928)
446. Swingin' At The Sugar Bowl - Bob Crosby Orchestra w/Nappy Lamare (v) (1939)
447. Oh Johnny Oh! - Orrin Tucker & His Orchestra w/Wee Bonnie Baker (v) (1939)
448. Your Mother's Son-In-Law - The Six Swingers (1934)
449. Somebody Loves Me - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1936)
450. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? - Rudy Vallee (v) & His Connecticut Yankees (1932, re-issued 1943)
451. The Chant - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1937)
452. Over The Rainbow - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1939)
453. Embraceable You - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Jo Stafford (1941)
454. Margie - Jimmie Lunceford Band w/Trummy Young (v) (1938)
455. Prelude To A Kiss - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1938)
456. The Girl That I Marry - Dick Haymes (v) (1946)
457. My Heart Tells Me - Glen Gray & His Casa Loma Orchestra w/Eugenie Baird (v) (1943)
458. Little White Lies - Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians (1930) // Ella Fitzgerald (v) w/Chick Webb Band (1939)
         //   Dick Haymes (1947)

459. King For A Day - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1940)
460. Hurry Hurry - Benny Carter Orchestra w/Savannah Churchill (v) (1944)
461. Puttin' On The Ritz - Harry Richman (v) w/Earl Burtnett's Los Angeles Hotel Biltmore Orchestra (1930)
462. You Turned The Tables On Me - Benny Goodman Orch. w/Helen Ward (v) (1936)
463. You've Got To Eat Your Spinach, Baby - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Edythe Wright (v) (1936)
464. I Wish I Didn’t Love You So - Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra (w/vocal) (1947)
465. Scrapin' The Toast - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
466. Weekend Of A Private Secretary - Mildred Bailey (v) w/Red Norvo Orchestra (1938)
467. China Boy - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (1929)
468. I Had The Craziest Dream - Harry James Orchestra w/Helen Forrest (v) (1942)
469. That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine (v) w/Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (1949)
470. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Vaughn Monroe (v) & His Orchestra (1945)
471. When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain - Kate Smith (v) (1931)
472. Day Dream - Johnny Hodges (I) & His Orchestra (I) (1940)
473. Baby Dear - Mary Lou Williams & Her Kansas City Seven (I) (1940)
474. Deep In The Heart Of Texas - Alvino Rey & His Orchestra (1938)
475. Out Of Nowhere - Bing Crosby (v) (1931) // Artie Shaw & His Band (I) (1939)
476. What A Little Moonlight Can Do - Billie Holiday (1935)
477. (We're Having A) Heat Wave - Ethel Waters (1933)
478. Who Wouldn't Love You - Kay Kyser Orchestra w/Trudy & Harry Babbitt (v) (1942)
479. Shoo Fly Pie & Apple Pan Dowdy - Stan Kenton Band w/June Christy (v) (1945)
480. The Breeze And I - Xavier Cugat Orchestra w/Dinah Shore (v) (1940)
481. Shoot The Likker To Me, John Boy - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra w/Leo Watson (v) (1937)
482. There Are Such Things - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (1942)
483. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Fred Astaire (1937)
484. Walk 'Em - Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra (1946)
485. My Prayer - The Ink Spots (1939)
486. That's What I Like About The South - Phil Harris (1947)
487. Massachusetts - Gene Krupa Band w/Anita O'Day (v) (1942)
488. Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie - Chick Webb & His Orchestra (1937)
489. Love Somebody - Doris Day & Buddy Clark (1948)
490. Day By Day - Les Brown Band w/Doris Day (v) (1946)
491. I Found A Million-Dollar Baby - Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians w/Clare Hanlon & 3 Waring Girls (v) (1931)
492. You Ought To Be In Pictures - Little Jack Little & His Orchestra (1934)
493. Serenade In Blue - Glenn Miller Orchestra w/Ray Eberle (v) (1942)
494. Don't Explain - Billie Holiday (1945)
495. Harlem Nocturne - Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (1945)
496. South Of The Border - Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm w/Hal Derwin (v) (1939)
497. White Jazz - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra (I) (1933)
498. Inka Dinka Do - Jimmy Durante (N) (1934)
499. Cincinnati Dancing Pig - Gene Krupa Orchestra w/Bob Scoots (v) (1950)
500. Rosie The Riveter - The Four Vagabonds (1943)

501. March Of The Toys - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1939)
502. Dear Hearts & Gentle People - Bing Crosby (1949)
503. Poinciana - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (1942)
504. At A Perfume Counter - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra w/Bob Eberly (v) (1937)
505. Little Rock Getaway - Bob Crosby Orchestra w/Bob Zurke (piano) (I) (1939)
506. Undecided - Ella Fitzgerald w/Chick Webb Band (1939)
507. There Shall Be No Night - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Herb Jeffries (v) (1940)
508. Siboney - Alfredo Brito & His Siboney Orchestra (1931)
509. Five O'Clock Whistle - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Ivie Anderson (v) (1940)
510. Good Luck - Lou Lockett & His Orchestra w/Dave Tarras (I) (1945)
511. You're A Sweetheart - Ethel Waters (1938)
512. Stealin' Apples - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (radio transcription, 1937 or 1938)
513. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Johnny Mercer (1946)
514. Vol Vistu Gaily Star - Jan Savitt & His Top-Hatters, w/Bon-Bon (v) (1939)
515. 'S Wonderful - Benny Goodman Quartet (1938)
516. Panama - Luis Russell & His Orchestra (1930)
517. Ghost Of A Chance - Cab Calloway Orchestra w/Leon "Chu" Berry (I) (1940)
518. Shimmy Sha-Wabble - McKinney's Cotton Pickers (I) (1928)
519. Have Mercy - Ella Fitzgerald (v) w/Chick Webb Orchestra (1939)
520. Main Stem - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (I) (rec. 1942, rel. 1944)
521. If There's A Will, Baby - McKinney's Cotton Pickers, w/Fats Waller & Coleman Hawkins (I) (1929)
522. Beer Barrel Polka - Will Glahe & His Musette Orchestra (1938)
523. Bluebird of Happiness - Jan Peerce (v) (1948)
524. Jalousie - Boston Pops Orchestra (I) (1937)
525. Organ Grinder's Swing - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra (I) (1936)
526. Robins & Roses - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Edythe Wright (v) (1936)
527. My Happiness - Pied Pipers (v) (1948)
528. Moten Swing - Benny Moten & His Kansas City Orchestra w/Count Basie (I) (1932)
529. Manhattan Serenade - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Jo Stafford (v) (1942)
530. Walkin' and Swingin' - Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy (1936)
531. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter - Fats Waller (1935)
532. Feeling Like A Dream - Larry Clinton Orchestra (I) (1940)
533. Just One Of Those Things - Richard Himber & His Ritz-Carlton Orchestra w/Stuart Allen (v) (1935)
534. Liza, All The Clouds'll Roll Away - Teddy Wilson (solo) (I) (1935)
535. Cherry - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (1939)
536. Boo-Hoo - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (1937)
537. Sugar - Billie Holiday (1939)
538. Rosalie - Artie Shaw Orchestra w/Tony Paster (v) (1939)
539. Shoo-Shoo Baby - The Andrews Sisters (1943) // Ella Mae Morse (1944)
540. Here Comes Cookie - Lew Stone & His Orchestra w/Tiny Winters (v) (1935)
541. Yours - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra w/Bob Eberly (v) (1941)
542. Study In Surrealism - Larry Clinton (I) (1940)
543. I Must Have That Man - Billie Holiday (1937)
544. I Guess I'm Just A Lucky So And So - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Al Hibbler (v) (1945)
545. Doin' What Comes Naturally - Dinah Shore (v) (1946)
546. Blue Lou - Benny Carter Orchestra w/Teddy Wilson (I) (1933)
547. My Heart Belongs To Daddy - Artie Shaw Orchestra w/Kitty Kallen (v) (1946)
548. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1938)
549. Someone To Watch Over Me - Eddie Condon Orchestra w/Lee Wiley (v) (1940)
550. Little Brown Jug - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)







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Criteria:
I. This list is not a pure Top 40 or Top 100 list from this era; for example, there is no Country & Western or much in the way of Blues records on this list.

II. The main, or criteria #1, was: Were these songs likely to be heard or sung in the main big dance halls of the day, from Coast to Coast, where dancers did the swing dances like the Lindy, Jitterbug, L.A. Balboa, or just hung-out for boy-meets-girl purposes?

III. Why are pure pop songs like "Over The Rainbow" and others included? Well, for one, many of the famous big bands of the day, like Glenn Miller, or Larry Clinton, for example, just to name two, came up with their own versions of the songs, and surely these were played and performed and sung before their audiences and dancers. Bea Wain's version with Larry Clinton big band made it to #10 on the Hit Parade, even though of course, only Judy Garland's is remembered, her mega-selling #1 from the movie.

IV. It is not supposed to be a pure Jazz list, and that's why even some pure jazz influential and significant records of historical jazz importance are not included. This list is all about "Your Hit Parade" radio formats, and the live dance or concert hall (some many numerous ones throughout the country at the time, like the Glen Island Casino or Rouge Room at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, just to name two of thousands of performance and dance venues, and music played or records spun at USO's serving the fighting GI's overseas.

V. The record has to have either lasting importance to jazz (and mostly danceable jazz - the big band stuff mainly), to popular music as a whole, or had to have been influential to fellow musicians and songwriters of the day; or it had to have some lasting impact or critical accolade. Artie Shaw's "Stardust" was voted #1 popular record of all time by a national survey of radio DJ's in 1955, for example.

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