Tag: blues

Wade In The Water

Wade In The Water by Eva Cassidy, 1997
Song of the Week #008

It' not only swing & jazz music that is great for swing dancing. This song relates to the Old and New Testaments and reflects the Israelites' escape out of Egypt. The original version of this song goes back as far as the 1920's. It has been recorded by many artists over the years and this version is especially great for slow swing and blues dancing.

Eva Cassidy was an American vocalist and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country, rock, and pop classics. She passed away in 1996 and this version was released a year later.

Sure Cure For The Blues

Sure Cure For The Blues by Shirley Haven & The Four Jacks, 1952
Song of the Week #007

A spirited song with lots of lovely energy by the Four Jacks, who consisted of Ellison White (bass), Bowling Mansfield (1st tenor), Buell Thomas (2nd tenor), and George Comfort (baritone). They recorded a half-dozen recordings in a ten-month period for Ralph Bass' Federal Records in the early 1950s.

They were joined here by California-born actress Shirley Haven. Shirley tried for a movie career in Hollywood but talent scouts told her she could not get movie roles because she "did not look Negro enough." After getting nothing but extras jobs, she gave up and joined Charles Brown's orchestra on a Southern tour. She also  toured with the first black USO troupe to entertain the troops fighting in Korea.

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