THE BIRTH OF SWING 1935-1945 - Graham Dalby and The London Swing Orchestra
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This album, the third part of the four-volume anthology of 20th century Jazz and Swing, is a tribute to some of the greatest arrangements of the World War II years. It seems absurd that ‘Swing’ could just be born overnight but at the Paloma Ballroom on August 21st 1935 that is pretty much what happened. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra were broadcast live coast to coast from a packed ballroom and the youngsters of America went dance crazy. The Jitterbug came into being and all the great bands of the day, in particular, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller rushed to add repertoire that could cater for this new dance craze.
Swing was born in 1935 and fifty years later, in 1985, Graham Dalby, being both a singer and conductor, was asked to form a band to perform at the Hammersmith Palais to celebrate the 40th anniversary of VE Day. The evening was a great success and the band (then called The Grahamophones) soon became the subject of a BBC 2 documentary with much archive footage from the Blitz included. These recordings were all made in the very studio used by Glenn Miller while he was in London…Abbey Road Studio 2.
The London Swing Orchestra, as the band is now universally known, has performed at many specifically 40’s style swing events which have recently become so popular. During the 1995 VE Day celebrations in London they played seven concerts back to back over a Bank Holiday weekend and in 2005 they returned to Hammersmith for a VE Day performance.
The Swing Era is so much more than just wartime nostalgia and the huge rise in European swing-dance organisations is tribute to the fact that this style of music is very much alive and well in the 21st century.
Director and all vocals Graham Dalby
Drums Steve Vintner - Piano Clive Dunstall / Nel Angilley - Bass Paul Scott - Guitar Dave Holmes - Sax Pete Whyman / Chris Cadwell / Richard Exall / Steve Hamilton / Colin Skinner - Trumpet Mike Lovatt / Paul Jayasinha - Trombone Gordon Campbell / Mike Innes
1. In the Mood
2. Stompin' At The Savoy
3. Deep Purple
4. Pennsylvania 65000
5. Fools Rush In
6. Moonlight Serenade
7. American Patrol
8. Sing, Sing, Sing
9. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
11. Blues In The Night
12. I Can't Get Started
13. All Of Me
14. Bugle Call Rag
15. I Got A Gal in Kalamazoo
16. Little Brown Jug
17. Hold Tight - Hold Tight
18. When I See An Elephant Fly
19. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B
20. At Last