Song of the Day #42
Song of the Day (a): Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing), perhaps the quintessential Swing-era anthem, has been choreographed on the Broadway stage in wildly different, though equally effective, sensually exquisite, nay, sexy versions, in such musicals as "Contact," "Fosse" and "Swing." And I once heard Maureen McGovern sing it. But there is simply no substitute for the original Benny Goodman 8+ minute instrumental recording of this classic, which featured terrific solos by tenor saxophonist Vido Musso, blazing hot trumpeter Harry James, and the ever-melodic Goodman on clarinet (at the trailblazing 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, pianist Jess Stacy also soloed). Penned by the immortal Louis Prima, and combined, in the Goodman version, with the equally immortal Fletcher Henderson's "Christopher Columbus" (hence my highlighting of it today), this track was powered by the propulsive pulsing drums of Gene Krupa.