Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Song - Sing, Sing, Sing

If big band music had to be summed up in one song, it would be this song: Sing, Sing, Sing, written by Louis Prima. First recorded by Prima with the New Orleans Gang and released in March 1936, this song originally had lyrics and was in fact named Sing, Bing, Sing in reference to Bing Crosby. However, undoubtedly the most famous version is the one by Benny Goodman, so most people don’t know that it  sounded very different at one stage. Benny Goodman himself is reported as saying, "Sing, Sing, Sing was a big thing, and no one-nighter was complete without it."
Everyone knows this song. Even if you don’t think you know this song, I’m telling you that you do. It is one of the most incredible pieces of music ever composed, and the minute I hear it my feet start itching to dance.
The song has also appeared in countless movies and TV shows. Originally, in 1936, it was in the film After The Thin Man. Other notable movies that feature it are Swing Kids (1993), The Mask (1994) and most recently The Artist (2011). In fact, Martin Scorsese liked it so much he used it twice - once in Casino (1995) and again in Gangs of New York (2002)

Below is a clip of the song for your listening pleasure:


Until next time :)

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