The Big Band musical group started in the early 1910s and this era was called as the swing era. The band usually consists of 10 or more musicians. It initially started out as an accompaniment for dancing but later became a jazz-oriented concert band. The Big Band typically features three trumpets, two or more trombones, and four Saxophones. The rhythm section in the group includes a combination of the piano, guitar, bass, and drums.
The following are some of the best Big Band Songs:
- Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing).
- White Christmas.
- “Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)”
- Chattanooga Choo Choo.
- I’ll Never Smile Again.
- In the mood.
- Take the A Train.
- Begin the Beguine.
- Mack the Knife.
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing):
The song was released by the Brunswick Records on a 78 rpm record format in the year 1936 and was written by Louis Prima. Sing, sing, sing was popularly covered by Benny Goodman, and the song is roughly around nine minutes.
White Christmas is one of the best selling songs of all time and is even has its name in the Guinness Book of World Records. The song was written was Irving Berlin and was sung by Bing Crosby. An Academy Award for the Best original song was given to Irving Berlin, and Grammy Hall of Fame was awarded to Bing Crosby.
“Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)”:
Lover Man was written Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez, and James Sherman. The song perfectly captures the longings of a woman who is waiting for someone to love her.
Stardust is a famous song which was covered by many artists like Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Doris Day, etc. and was written in the year 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael.
Chattanooga Choo Choo:
The song is about a man who is traveling from New York to Chattanooga. It was recorded by the Sun Valley Serenade in the year 1941, and it was included in the world’s first gold records.
I’ll Never Smile Again:
The song was initially written by Ruth Lowe but was made famous when Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra recorded it almost 40 years later with the lead singer being Frank Sinatra.
In the mood:
In the mood was a famous song in the Swing era and was performed by Glenn Miller. The song took place as one of the most important musical work of the 20th Century.
Take the A Train:
The song is about getting to Harlem in a hurry and was performed by Duke Ellington. He says that he wrote this song in just a flash without even thinking much.
Begin the Beguine:
Begin the Beguine was performed by Artie Shaw and his orchestra and is perfect for a slow couple’s dance.
Mack the Knife:
Mack the Knife was written by Bertolt Brecht and was composed by Kurt Weill. The Grammy Award for Record of the Year was given to Bobby Darian for performing this song.