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It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

Lyrics:Irving Mills
Music:Duke Ellington

The song was publishe 1931.

The music was written and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during intermissions
at Chicago's Lincoln Tavern and was first recorded by
Ellington and his orchestra for Brunswick Records (Br 6265)
on February 2, 1932.
Ivie Anderson sang the vocal and trombonist Joe Nanton
and alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges played the instrumental solos.
The song became famous, Ellington wrote,
"as the expression of a sentiment which prevailed
among jazz musicians at the time."
Ellington credited the saying as a "credo" of his former trumpeter,
Bubber Miley, who was dying of tuberculosis
and died in the same year that the song was released.
Probably the first song to use the phrase "swing" in the title,
it introduced the term into everyday language
and presaged the swing era by three years.
The Ellington band played the song continually over the years
and recorded it numerous times,
most often with trumpeter Ray Nance as vocalist.



It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
Doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
Doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah

Makes no difference
If it's cool or hot
Cause you just got to give that rhythm
Everything you've got

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
Doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
Doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah

Well it makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Cause you just got to give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
Doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah




Betty Carter and Carmen McRae(It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing))
Betty Carter and Carmen McRae


FitzEllagerald(It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing))
Ella Fitzgerald


June Christy(It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing))
June Christy


Nina Simone(It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing))
Nina Simone


Anita O'Day(It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing))
Anita O'Day








Betty Carter and Carmen Mcrae




Ella Fitzgerald





June Christy





Nina Simone





Anita O'day





Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga





Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington




"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "





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