Sing, Sing, Sing

Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

Song Review by Cub Koda

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
The Benny Goodman Story, Vols. 1-2 [Decca] 1955 MCA 8:08
Big Band Jazz, Vol. 1: From the Beginning to the Fifties 1983
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 8:41
Sing, Sing, Sing [Bluebird] 1987 Bluebird RCA 8:39
Sing, Sing, Sing [Conifer] 1990 Conifer
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 30's, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
RCA 8:37
Original Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet Sessions, Vol. 3 1991 Pair 4:02
Big Bands America 1992
Various Artists
RCA 0:00
The Harry James Years, Vol. 1 1993 Bluebird RCA / RCA 4:39
Don't Be That Way 1994 Proper Sales & Dist. 6:32
In the Mood: 20 Original Big Band Hits 1994
Various Artists
Jazzterdays (Netherlands) 8:46
Benny Goodman Hits Collection 1995 Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Masterpieces, Vol. 5 1996 EPM 0:00
Big Band Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 0:00
Jazz Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 8:38
Family Circle: Get Fit to Jazz 1996
Various Artists
Direct Source 8:40
Smokin' Jazz [Sony] 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony / Smokin' 9:27
Flying Down to Rio/Hollywood Hotel 1997
Original Cast Recording
Great Movie Themes 5:07
Oscillatin' Rhythm: Great Swing Hits in Hi-Fi 1997
Various Artists
Blue Note 2:22
The Fabulous Big Band Collection 1998
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 8:38
Swing Time, Vol. 1 [BMG Special Products] 1999
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:04
Swingsation 1999 GRP / Universal 8:09
Jazz Signatures 1999
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 8:38
The Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming from Storyville to 52nd Street 1999
Various Artists
Proper Records
The Fabulous Benny Goodman 1999 RCA Victor / RCA 8:38
Swing Time [Goldies] 1999
Various Artists
Goldies 8:45
Hot Hits: Big Bands Favorites 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 6:24
We'll Meet Again: 40 Wartime Hits 2000
Various Artists
Double Gold 8:45
Woody's Winners: 20 Classic Tracks from the Films 2000 Castle Pie 8:50
Stormy Weekend Jazz [Triple Disc] 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 9:27
Swing 2002
Various Artists
Direct Source 8:40
The King of Swing [Bluebird] 2002 Bluebird RCA / Bluebird 8:44
Swing: Bandstand Kings 2002
Various Artists
Bluebird RCA / RCA 8:44
Carnegie Hall Concert (Conclusion) 2003 Avid 5:41
'S Wonderful Swing 2004 Sounds of Yesteryear 4:55
The Centennial Collection 2004 Bluebird 8:44
Essential BG 2006 Proper / Proper Sales & Dist. 6:32
Golden Years of Jazz 1917-1939 2006
Various Artists
PROMO 8:41
Best Jazz 100 2006
Various Artists
Blue Note 7:22
So You Think You Don't Like Swing 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 8:39
Let's Dance [ASV] 2007 Living Era 12:20
I'm Beginning to See the Light: Dance Hits from the Second World War 2007
Various Artists
Legacy 8:39
The War: A Ken Burns Film - The Soundtrack 2007
Various Artists
Legacy 0:00
We Loved You Madly, Chapter One 2007
Various Artists
Hot Productions 8:45
Cue the Music of Woody Allen 2008 High Fidelity Records 8:50
Woody Allen: La Musique de Manhattan à Midnight in Paris 2011
Various Artists
Milan 8:39
Giants of the Big Band Era 2013 Acrobat Music 4:04
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra: Big Bands 2016 Bella Musica Edition / Zebralution
Italian Restaurant Classics
Various Artists
Universal 8:05
Rumba Jazz 1919-1945: The History Of Latin Jazz And Dance Music From The Swing Era
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues / Rhythm and Blues / Rhythm and Blues Records 4:09