The song of the day for Monday, October 6, 2014 is “It Don’t Mean A Thing.”
About This Song
“It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” was written in 1931 by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills. It was one of the first songs to use the word “swing” in the title and this song certainly defined what it meant to swing. Ellington recorded the song with Ivie Anderson on vocals and it was an immediate hit. It has been widely recorded since it was written and the song is a lot of fun to play and to listen to. Significant recordings include those by Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Gigi Gryce, Tony Bennett and Thelonious Monk.
About This Version
Today’s version is the 2014 version with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett from their album Cheek To Cheek. The great big band arrangement is by Marion Evans. It’s a lot of fun!