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Swing Era & Early Jazz

It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) was written by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills in 1931. The...

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

Things Ain't What They Used To Be was written by Mercer Ellington in 1941. Mercer, son of Duke Ellington, wrote this piece for his...

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, and first sang by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club. The tune was originally...

Sweet and Lovely

Sweet and Lovely was written by Charles Daniels, with lyrics by Harry Tobias.  Gus Arnheim, band leader and businessman, made the tune popular with...

Just Squeeze Me

Just Squeeze Me was written by the great composer, band leader, and pianist Duke Ellington in 1941. Lee Gaines wrote lyrics to the piece....

Caravan

Caravan was written in 1932 by trombonist Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills. It is said that while Tizol was...

Just You, Just Me

Just You, Just Me was written by Jesse Greer for the 1929 musical film Marianne. Lyrics were written by Raymond Klages. This tune has...

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

"Polka Dots and Moonbeams" was written by Jimmy Van Heusen. F major is the most common key for this well-known ballad. Lyrics were written...

Mack The Knife

"Mack The Knife" was composed by Kurt Weill for the music drama "Die Dreigroschenoper", or in English "The Threepenny Opera". The tune was originally...

Star Eyes

"Star Eyes" is a tune with words and music by Gene De Paul and Don Raye. It was introduced in the 1943 musical "I...

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