Saturday Morning Swing: It wouldn’t be make believe….

I’ve had a song stuck in my head for what feels like a week now, but that’s ok because it’s one of my favourites! So cute and sweet.

Ella Fitzgerald & The Delta Rhythm Boys – It’s Only A Paper Moon (1945)

We’ll open this morning with my favourite version of this song. Although it’s a bit cheesy, I adore the barber-shop backing to this track! I love shuffling around the dance floor to this with my sweetheart 😉

The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra: It’s Only A Paper Moon

This rendition is almost a little too “jazzy” for me, but by the end of the trombone section I am all over this with some head bobbing and toe tapping.

Django Reinhardt – It’s Only A Paper Moon (1949)

Let’s take a wander over to some strings! This song makes me want to do some balboa or run around in circles waving my arms. Either way I’m having fun.

If you want to listen to these in a playlist you can here.

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Saturday Morning Swing: Bye and Bye

It’s almost the end of Fringe….usually I start to feel pretty forlorn around this time of year because a bunch of rad friends and artists who have been living in Adelaide for a month leave (and two friends have left Australia for good!). No! Maybe I just need to tour more next year so I can see them more often 🙂

So, I dedicate this edition of Saturday Morning Swing to them….till next time!

Fats Waller – Bye Bye Baby (1936)

Yep, I’m opening with Fats Waller again. I can’t help it! I am absolutely in love with Fats. Silly and cheeky with a cruise feeling but a janky rhythm. Yassss yassss. The kazoo in this kills me! So good.

Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington – I’m Checkin’ Out Go’om Bye (1956)

Let’s head over to the Big Band era for a while. If this doesn’t get you going on a Saturday morning I can’t help ya! The only thing I don’t like about this track is the fade out….boo fade out! Some of the older scratchier versions have a proper ending but this all I could find on the tubes.

Kermit Ruffins – Bye and Bye (2005)

This song has long been one of my favourites, and it’s the perfect one to end on. That build of energy makes my heart sing and my feet want to dance! Get up and have a boogie!

BONUS TRACK – Ok it’s not swing, but it has to be included.