A genre I haven't touched so far is Western Swing, the forerunner of American Country music. One of its big stars was Spade Cooley – self proclaimed as the “King of Western Swing“.
Donnell Clyde “Spade” Cooley (17.12.1910 – 23.11.1969) was an American Western Swing violinist and big band leader.
He also was a successful actor in western films and TV host. Unfortunately, he was convicted of murdering his wife Ella Mae Evans in 1961. In 1969 he suffered a fatal heart attack.
You can find a biography on Wikipedia.
Stompin' At The Riverside
Stompin' At The Riverside is great tune for Balboa dancers. I'm not a big fan of country music, but this tune swings more than many other Western Swing tracks.
The accordion and the fiddles are giving special spice to this song.
Title: Stompin' At The Riverside
Artist: Spade Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang
Tempo: 204 bpm
Dance: Balboa, Lindy Hop
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Every Monday, I post a new “Song of the Week“.