Tain't What You Do by Jimmie Lunceford, 1939
Song Of The Week #005
James Melvin "Jimmie" Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era.
This song was written by jazz musicians Melvin "Sy" Oliver and James "Trummy" Young. It was first recorded in 1939 by Jimmie Lunceford, Harry James, and Ella Fitzgerald and again the same year by Nat Gonella and His Georgians.
The "Shim Sham" is often danced to the Lunceford recording of this song. The Shim Sham was originally a tap dance routine and is regarded as tap dance's national anthem. For today's swing dancers, it is a stroll (line dance).
The Shim Sham was attributed to tap dancers Willie Bryant and Leonard Reed. Besides the tap dancing version, there are other Shim Sham versions, among which those choreographed by Dean Collins, Leon James (the Savoy Shim Sham) or Frankie Manning.
In 2009, dancers from all around the world danced the Shim Sham as a tribute to the late great Frankie Manning, for his 95th birthday. For more information on this, click << here >>.