Although this tune was used several times for Lindy Hop performances (see an example below), I'm considering Rigamarole a typical Balboa song.
I have the feeling, that we don't hear this song that often anymore on the dancefloor, maybe because it's overplayed. However, as a Balboa dancer you should know this song, and as a Swing DJ you should own it.
Rigamarole was composed by Harald «Hal» Mooney and first recorded by Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra on January 23, 1935.
The more popular and slightly slower version is by Willie Bryant & His Orchestra, recorded only a few months later in the same year.
Willie Bryant's version is also more energetic and sharper.
If you wanna learn more about Willie Bryant, check out Song of the Week #77 where you can find a short biography.
By the way, since English is not my mother tongue, I was wondering what rigamarole (also: rigmarole) means. I found this definition:
- confused or meaningless talk
- a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure
Did you know that?
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Artist: Willie Bryant and His Orchestra
Recorded: May 8, 1935
Album: [easyazon-link asin=»B007Q0TZYE» locale=»us»]Throwin› Stones[/easyazon-link]
Tempo: 245 bpm
Dance: Balboa, Lindy Hop
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