Swing It!: An Annotated History of Jive

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A guide to jive describes its history and notable performers.

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My longtime love of Louis Jordan ("Choo Choo Cha'Boogie," "Beware," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens"), Slim Gaillard ("Flat Foot Floogie," "Cement Mixer," "Poppity Pop," "Matzoh Balls," "Ya Ha Ha," "Laughin' in Rhythm") and Cats & The Fiddle ("Stomp Stomp," "One Is Never Too Old To Swing," "Killin' Jive") inspired me to put together this book in 2001. Too jazzy for rock scribes, too silly for jazz critics, these jovial gentlemen of jumpin' jive are saluted in this Jive Companion. Their contributions -- spreading joy, putting smiles on faces, and keeping feet a-pattin' with their infectious joie de vivre -- should not be forgotten. -- Bill Milkowski

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"Coded language has been a part of American black music since the beginning. Swing It! gets the argot of the key artists exactly right. Bill Milkowski is truly hip to the jive." -- Bob Porter, host of the radio program "Portraits in Blue"

"Bill Milkowski's Swing It! is a gallery of gaiety, a history of hilarity, an encyclopedia of exuberance. It's clear writing about music, nothing but fun to read ...and that ain't no jive." -- Howard Mandel, author/producer of Future Jazz and music critic

"Anyone who has wondered who put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine or mulled over the rhetorical value of the suffix "orooney" or yearned for the wacky dust or pleaded with Richard to open the damn door (and who has not?) will find Bill Milkowski's Swing It! a companion to twentieth-century music's zaniest alternative world." -- Gary Giddins, author of Visions of Jazz and Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams

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