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Swing and Lindy Practice Songs and Playlist

Posted on May 6th, 2008 by

I put together the following song selections as a practice playlist for those learning swing and Lindy Hop for the first time. I know it tends to be a rather eclectic mix, but the goal was to pick some songs (available on iTunes) that have solid rhythms that are good for beginners and those in the learning process. I sorted them on increasing beats per minute (BMP) so you can start slow and build up in tempos. Given that as you get better, you can go much faster… but if you are looking for a “pushin’-the-tempos” playlist… well, I’ll build that later. :)

Artist & Name (iTunes Link) BPM
Fats Domino – Blue Monday 102
Robbie Williams – Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me 103
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Blue Angel 107
Indigo Swing – My Baby Just Cares for Me 111
Dion – The Wanderer 114
Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Williams – Smack Dab in the Middle 114
Amos Milburn – One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer 117
Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City 118
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – G.I. Jive 120
Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Comes Love 123
The Andrews Sisters – The Lady from 29 Palms 124
Cab Calloway – Hey Now, Hey Now 124
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers – Big Fine Daddy 125
Indigo Swing – How Lucky Can One Guy Be? 129
Peggy Lee – The Boy from Ipanema 131
Kermit Ruffins – Can’t Take My Baby Nowhere 132
Roy Eldrige & Gene Krupa & His Orchestra featuring Anita O’Day – “Murder”, He Says 135
Indigo Swing – Red Light! 135
Peggy Lee – Fever 137
Count Basie – Shiny Stockings 141
Tommy Dorsey – Easy Does It 151
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers – Honey Pie 155
Lionel Hampton – Beulah’s Boogie 157

 

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