I choose my songs of the week with no particular system. Sometimes it's an event that inspires me, sometimes it's a DJ set I played that inspires me, sometimes I'm just digging in my music library.
There is no other reason why it took me 65 songs until I'm eventually featuring the first song by one of the greatest composers ever lived, it is no one other than Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (29.04.1899 – 24.05.1974)!
Duke Ellington is actually one of my favourite swing artist and I guess the main reason is because the first swing album I bought was a Duke Ellington compilation.
Funnily the most songs were from the pre-swing era, so not suitable for Lindy Hop…
Empty Ballroom Blues is a light and easy swing tune, not very well-known. You will realise, that it's not really a blues!
Two other amazing musicians are part of the line-up: Johnny Hodges and Cootie Williams.
Enjoy this gem!
Title: Empty Ballroom Blues
Artist: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Tempo: 184 bpm
Dance: Balboa, Lindy Hop
You can find the songs of the series also on my Spotify playlist. Official hashtag of the series: #djcsotw
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