Swing Discussion Boards > What are your favourite Lindy Hop dance tracks?

Discussion in 'Swing Discussion Boards' started by huey, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. huey

    huey New Member

    I can't find a thread on this, so ...

    After dancing for a year, I am starting to get more interested in the music. I find my urge to dance variously enormously depending on the music playing.

    Some of my current favourite tracks are:
    • For Dancers Only - Jimmie Lunceford
      T'ain't What You Do - Jimmie Lunceford
      Banana Split for My Baby - Louis Prima
    What are your favourites?
  2. Flat Shoes

    Flat Shoes New Member

    Hard to say....I do not do any DJ'ing myself, so I have no favourite lists.

    One song that comes to mind is Bei mir bist do schöen, in the version from Swing Kids, I think. It's a great song, and I love the change of pace from fast to slow to fast.
  3. dnquark

    dnquark New Member

    ooh, ooh, there are too many!.. I should contain myself. How about:
    C-Jam Blues (Lincoln Center Orchestra)
    Shiny Stockings (Count Basie)
    The Madison Time, part II (Ray Bryant)
    Splanky (Basie)
  4. huey

    huey New Member

    Thanks guys.

    I've just bought these on iTunes -

    Splanky - Count Basie

    Bei Mir Bist Du Schon - Benny Goodman
    (8) love this one)
  5. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    I still have the same favorites I had in February, and I'm looking for more...

    Moten Swing on the Kansas City soundtrack

    "In the Digital Mood" Kalamazoo

    There are a few on the Sy Oliver album Yes, Indeed, including a very crystal clear and punchy Tain't What Ya Do. Sy Oliver might be the same arranger responsible for the Lunceford version mentioned earlier.

    Ray Bryant, "The Hucklebuck" and "Young Buddy", both are on Madison Time with a Hollywood Jazz Beat.
  6. huey

    huey New Member

    Help! I'm becoming addicted to buying music online. :eek:

    I must have bought about 30 songs in the last 24 hours.

    The good news is I'm discovering more and more good dance music, amongst my latest favourites are:

    Riffin' At the Ritz
    One O'Clock Jump

    Both from 'Live In New York" by the Swing Dance Orchestra

    Anything Goes by Caroline O'Connor from the De-Lovely soundtrack
  7. huey

    huey New Member

    Thanks - just purchased Moten Swing by Count Basie. Love it! :D
  8. Swingolder

    Swingolder New Member

    I am also checking these songs out. I just became an iTunes convert a couple of weeks ago and love it! How could it be easier! (Well, maybe by listing artists by last name instead of first!)
  9. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    I've heard a few almost original versions of Moten Swing too. They're good, but you know for lindy hop you get better momentum with a little higher tempo than those. So, that's what the Kansas City Soundtrack one does. It's 154 bpm while those older ones are usually 130 to 135 bpm. 154 is in the decent lindy charleston range.
  10. Doug

    Doug New Member

    A small sampling of my CD database, organized by BPM with dates
    Count Basie Moten Swing 126 1/1/1958
    Count Basie Moten Swing 132 5/31/1959
    Oscar Peterson Moten Swing 137 12/16/1962
    Harry James Moten Swing 138 7/1/1958
    Statesmen Of Jazz Moten Swing 157 12/20/1994
    Kansas City Band Moten Swing 157 1/1/1996
    Glen Gray Moten Swing 170 1/1/1957
    Andy Kirk Moten Swing 174 3/2/1936
    Benny Goodman Moten Swing 175 9/20/1938
    Harry James Moten Swing 175 11/11/1946
    Jay McShann Moten Swing 191 11/1/1944
    Jon Belchor Moten Swing 193 1/1/1999
    Count Basie Moten Swing 197 8/8/1940
    Willie Smith Moten Swing 197 5/2/1945
    Bennie Moten Moten Swing 200 12/13/1932
    Gene Ammons Moten Swing 210 11/28/1961

    Notice the Basie ranges from 126 to 197. But of course my favorite is.....Bennie Moten!
  11. LindyQuest

    LindyQuest New Member

    Here's my current favorites, although I don't know all the artists:

    Wade in the Water - Eva Cassidy (sp?)

    Lavender Coffin - Lionel Hampton

    Fine Brown Frame - Lou Rawls

    Moondance - Michael Buble

    Fever - Peggy Lee

    Lullaby of Birdland - Ella Fitzgerald

    Green Onions - Blues Brothers (I know it's not usually played, but I did have a great dance to it once!)

    Frim Fram Sauce - Diana Krall

    Every Day I Have the Blues - Joe Williams & Count Basie

    Solid as a Rock - Ella Fitzgerald

    Whistle Stop - Louis Prima

    Stray Cat Strut - Bill Elliot, I think?

    Muddy Water - by ???

    Maddest Kind of Love - by ???

    Java Jive - by ???

    There's a lot more, but that's all I can think of right now. :D
  12. suek

    suek New Member

    Just a few of the must-haves (there are hundreds!):

    Muskrat Ramble -- Sidney Bechet 182bpm
    Life Is So Peculiar -- Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan 113 bpm
    All That Meat and No Potatoes -- Louis Armstrong 110 bpm
    Sweet Sue, Just You -- Django Reinhardt 189 bpm
    Sweet Sue, Just You -- Benny Goodman 165 bpm
  13. jon

    jon Member

    Ben Oakland and Milton Drake, originally recorded by the Ink Spots, though the Manhattan Transfer cover is the only version I've ever heard played.
  14. Diavo

    Diavo New Member

    (Stray Cat Stut is Brian Setzer with the Stray Cats)

    Anything 156 BPM or over will do it for me! :D [156 BPM is the tempo of blue Sky 5's version of "They All Laughed" btw]
  15. Flat Shoes

    Flat Shoes New Member

    Ella Fitzgerald: Too darn hot!
  16. huey

    huey New Member

    Last night I went to a class I hadn't been to before and they played a lovely modern track I hadn't heard before. Unfortunately by the time I asked about it, the teacher couldn't remember which one it was.

    But it demonstrates that music doesn't have to be vintage swing to be good to lindy hop to.
  17. Flat Shoes

    Flat Shoes New Member

    Sidney Bechet: Blues my naughty sweetie gives to me

    (Calling them as they come to mind)
  18. huey

    huey New Member

    Ron's Swing CD Reviews

    Wonders of the internet

    I've just found this site - Ron's Swing CD Reviews 'The most comprehensive swing-dance CD reviews on the net'.

    He reviews hundreds of CDs and rates their suitability for Lindy Hop -


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