Benny Goodman / Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

Sing, Sing, Sing

Composed by Louis Prima

Song Review by

One of the best-known tunes of the jazz era started life as a vocal written by Italy's favorite son, Louis Prima, as "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)." But its best-known version is the rendition by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra which elevated the song to that of a swing music classic. Largely a showcase for drummer Gene Krupa's explosive tom tom work, the tune in its live performance also featured exceptional soloing from Goodman and pianist Jess Stacy. With the 1990s swing music revival, the tune has gained a new life being recycled in one TV commercial after another, appearing in the soundtracks to several contemporary films as well as becoming a staple of all retro swing bands' set lists.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Brussels, 1958 1958 Jazz Anthology 15:55
Sing, Sing, Sing [Bluebird] 1987 RCA 8:39
Sing, Sing, Sing [Conifer] 1990 Conifer
Original Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet Sessions, Vol. 3 1991 Pair 4:02
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concerts [Giants of Jazz] 1992 Giants Of Jazz Recordings 6:22
The Harry James Years, Vol. 1 1993 Bluebird RCA / RCA 4:39
No Image 1994 Documents 8:45
Don't Be That Way 1994 Proper Sales & Dist. 6:32
Benny Goodman Hits Collection 1995 Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1939, Vol. 2 1998 Giants Of Jazz Recordings 6:22
Swingsation 1999 GRP / Universal 8:09
Best of Benny Goodman [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 1999 Collectables 7:25
The Fabulous Benny Goodman 1999 RCA Victor / RCA 8:38
Star Power: Benny Goodman 2001 Direct Source 4:38
The King of Swing [Bluebird] 2002 Bluebird RCA / Bluebird 8:44
The Famous Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1938 2002 Avid 8:08
A Proper Introduction to Benny Goodman: Ridin' High 2004 Proper Sales & Dist. 6:34
The Centennial Collection 2004 Bluebird 8:44
Essential BG 2006 Proper / Proper Sales & Dist. 6:32
Complete Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert 1938 2006 Jasmine Records 13:06
Let's Dance [ASV] 2007 Living Era 12:20
Ultimate Big Band Collection: Benny Goodman 2010 Masterworks / Masterworks Jazz 8:40
Giants of the Big Band Era 2013 Acrobat Music 4:04
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