100 Most-DJ’d Swing Tracks: 70 – 61

On to week four of this series – I can’t believe we’re over a month into this lockdown. I hope you’re all doing OK! Anyway – here are the next ten songs in my 100 Most DJ’d countdown.

As I’ve been DJing since 2007, and have had a pretty steep learning curve in that time, this will probably throw up some bizarre choices and guilty secrets. It’s just about possible I could be secretly brushing aside the worst of those – but only the very worst. Where possible, I’ll put in links where you can listen to the tracks.

These are not necessarily my all-time favourite tracks, and I would not claim that they’re all the best dance tracks ever. They’re just the ones I’ve played the most over the last thirteen years.

I’ve created a Spotify playlist to host all the tracks (or all the ones i can find on Spotify anyway) – and each week, I’ll keep adding the tracks for the week. You can listen to it here!

  Track Artist Album Time BPM Plays
70 How Come? (René) Anita O’Day Anita O’Day : 1945 – 1950 2:43 142 91
  Lightweight, fun. I like rhythmic the vocal style.

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69 I’m Livin’ in a Great Big Way Buddy Clark with Benny Goodman & Orchestra 101 – The Essential Benny Goodman 2:35 171 92
  Classic track – and probably my favourite version for dancing. My favourite version for listening or watching would be from Fats Waller – his humour and sense of fun clinch that one for me.

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68 Make Me Know It Tommy Dorsey So Little Time 3:59 146 93
  So I was playing this one at an event once, and a gentleman came up to me and asked me where I got the track. I don’t remember what I replied but his response was: “I bet you got it from me.” To this day, I don’t know who he was. Anyway – it’s a quirky little low-tempo song, but which builds to a phenomenal energy. I tend to use it to build the energy in a set.

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67 Bouncin’ Around – Philippe Brun Philippe Brun The Swinging Mister Alix 3:17 131 94
  A good, solid, chunky low tempo number with nice energy. It’s one of my staple low-tempo favourites.

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66 Six Appeal Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander Crazy Rhythm 3:29 137 95
  A great version of this classic, from one of the all-time greatest modern swing bands. Fun fact – Six Appeal is basically a sped-up version of My Daddy Rocks Me, with the vocals removed. I’ve often wondered why it was called Six Appeal, and my best guess is that it’s a a play the obvious innuendo (drawn from the obvious innuendo in the original title) and the fact that it’s a twelve bar blues. But I could be completely wrong.

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65 Life Is Fine Jimmie Lunceford Back Door Stuff 2:39 148 96
  At it’s height, Lunceford’s orchestra was a powerhouse – one of the absolute best swing bands of its time. I’ve always love this one – another slow-mid tempo gently building tracks. Great fun to dance to and to DJ.

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64 Troubled Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra The Jazz Sound Lexicon > 1934 Vol. 4 2:45 187 97
  Probably my all-time favourite swing track. Featuring a galaxy of swing stars – Artie Shaw (playing both sax and clarinet solos, Bunny Berigan, Frankie Trumbauer, Artie Bernstein, Glen Miller… it’s an amazing, exciting piece of music, and I love listening to it. Very very loudly.

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63 Grand Terrace Bob Crosby & His Orchestra Stomp Off Let’s Go! 3:00 133 98
  Bing’s lesser-known brother had a fantastic band – and I DJ a lot of their songs. A low-tempo favourite – another that’s good for energy building at the start of a wave. There’s a lot of great versions of this one – this is one of the slowest I know.

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62 King Size Papa Julia Lee And Her Boyfriends Kansas City’s First Lady Of The Blues 2:42 145 98
  Back to jump blues – and Julia Lee had an earthy sense of humour, which is very clear from this song. Fun, with great lyrics.

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61 A Blue Serge Suit Cab Calloway & His Orchestra Jazz Masters: The Jumpin’ Jive 2:37 162 99
  Cab Calloway verbally shredding some poor guy for his lack of fashion sense. The lyrics are gleefully savage: “He’d be just as sharp in the sack, as in the blue serge suit with a belt in the back.”, and sung with Calloway’s incredible vocal style and sense of rhythm – and so much fun to dance to.

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Footnote: – For anyone who doesn’t know the term, BPM is short for Beats Per Minute, and is a standard way for DJs to measure track speed.

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