Swing Dance At The New York Worlds Fair 1939

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From the Medicus Collection 1939
I’ve backed this silent footage with my personal favorite big band record of the 1930’s Count Basie’s 1938 recording of “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” with solos in order by Earle Warren on alto sax, Basie on piano, Buck Clayton on trumpet, a great tenor sax solo by Lester Young and finally Herschel Evans on clarinet. It’s interesting that most of the couples are all female. I’m reminded of when I was a very young kid in the mid 1940’s and my dear late sister Eileen would have a group of her friends over on many Friday nights to dance. They would literally roll back the rug in our parlor and dance to the music of Woody Herman on the radio. This was Herman’s forward looking so called “First Herd” which was not an easy band to dance to, but as I recall they could really dance. I remember that at least three quarters of these dancers were girls. I guess girls just like to dance more than boys.

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  1. It was considered OK for two girls to dance together up till about the late 1950s; you can see female couples on early episodes of "American Bandstand". Then people started thinking it was creepy and deviant, and that ended that.


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