"'Tain't no sin to step out of your skin and dance around in your bones"

Welcome to the ORIGINAL (and still the best)

Listen to: Click Here, "Hello Hawaii" (1915 - Schwartz, Kalmar & Leslie)

The Big Bands Database is an ongoing project dedicated to Bands, Jazz, and Popular Music History -- the music now known to the world as "American Popular Song". The site is a "work in progress" and we hope that you will often return to see what's new. For our part, we shall strive to make "The Big Bands Database Plus" the greatest source of Popular Music information on the World Wide Web

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SWING was 'the' thing, and "jump jivin' "Cats" and "Kittens" were lindy hopping in every ballroom and dancehall in the land. The Big Bands such as - Benny Goodman - "the King of Swing", the Dorseys, Glenn Miller, and a host of others, were riding high. Loyal and enthusiatic fans followed all the 'doings' of their favorite band.

For awhile, other music was to take the place of the great bands, but with the new millenium, a new generation has re-discovered Swing and Jazz. And, it's not just a nostalgia "trip", - while the new bands are indeed playing the great standards of the Swing era, they are also writing new tunes in the Swing fashion.

And the 'now' generation have rediscoverd "touch" dancing. Yes, the wild Lindy Hop has taken hold on both coasts, and everywhere in between. (A little sexual on the West Coast, a little Wilder on the East Coast.) And, the soft, romantic ballads are also again in vogue, with partners holding each other close and dancing a slow foxtrot to some dreamy music.

It's indeed a great time to be young - and in love!

You may search our site by band, musician, song, or keyword to learn about the big band era in this country and abroad; study chords; find out about Dixieland, jazz, the Harlem scene, swing, and Latin bands; learn dances; see the charts; find working bands; and lots more. If you wish, you may view our Sitemap.