I often get asked what is a typical Balboa song.
Well, I guess all the experienced Balboa DJs among us have discussed that topic a thousand times. The question should probably be, is there something like a typical Balboa song?
I don't wanna discuss that here in this post. All I can say right now is, that in my opinion, there are songs that work better for Balboa than other ones.
This song of the week is for sure one of the “work great for Balboa” group.
Charlie Daly Barnet (Oct. 26, 1913 – Sept. 4, 1991) had a great hit with Cherokee, a tune written by Ray Noble and arranged by trumpeter Billy May. It was the beginning of the height of his popularity which lasted from 1939 – ca. 1942.
But also his recordings from 1942 – 1949 were quite successful. In 1947, he started to switch from Swing to Bop. Eventually, he lost interest in music and retired in 1949.
Not a big deal for him, he was already a millionaire when he was born. He returned into music business from time to time, though, but never full time anymore.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000WAUI96″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”https://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RO8UN8bvL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Title: [easyazon-link asin=”B000WAUI9Q” locale=”us”]Cherokee[/easyazon-link]
Artist: Charlie Barnet
Album: [easyazon-link asin=”B000WAUI96″ locale=”us”]Swing Street Strut[/easyazon-link]
Tempo: 177 bpm
Dance: Balboa, Lindy Hop
Click the link to download the song at
iTunes CH/EU ･ iTunes US ･ [easyazon-link asin=”B0053ZN9K0″ locale=”de”]Amazon.de[/easyazon-link] ･ [easyazon-link asin=”B000WAUI9Q” locale=”us”]A'zon.com[/easyazon-link] ･ [easyazon-link asin=”B0053ZCCOY” locale=”uk”]A'zon.co.uk[/easyazon-link] ･ emusic
What do you think about this version? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Song of the Week #6: “The Gal From Joe's” by Charlie Barnet
Song of the Week #123: “Russian Rag” by Tuba Skinny
Song of the Week #122: “A Slick Chick (On The Mellow Side)” by Dinah Washington
Song of the Week #121: “New Orleans Twist” by Gene Gifford
Song of the Week #120: “Harlem” by Scott Wood & His Orchestra