Repost: DANCING IN THE DAWN — WOODY HERMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA — 1943

Once upon a Wintertime (the film from 1943, featuring Sonja Henje, not the season!) there they met:

Tommy Linehan (p), Hy Whity (g), Walter Yoder (b), and Frank Carlson (d), and accompanied Woody Herman at one of his greatest, and most memorable clarinet solos of all times, on “Dancing In The Dawn”.

Mr. Doug Ramsey helped me to complete the lyrics (an old swing fan from Munich asked me for help, just because he loves that tune as much as I do).

It’s a gospel, it’s a message, it’s “the band that (then still) played the blues”!

I really fell in love with that track when I heard it for the very first time on the radio, ’round 1980. Have taped it then, and was very glad having found the LP, issued on the German label “Solid Sender” (very rare), or on CD: HERE; the single MP3 can be purchased HERE.

DANCING IN THE DAWN
(Robin-Brown)

We’re gonna be dancin’ in the dawn.
We’re gonna be dancin’ in the dawn.
The clouds will roll away,
And we’ll be dancin’ in the dawn of a new day. (Hallelujah!)

Those misery shadows will be gone.
Those misery shadows will be gone.
Goodbye to a sky’s of grey,
And we’ll be dancin’ in the dawn of a new day.

And Saint Lucilla is where we lose that villain (That mean ol’ man!), the blues (Get away!).

Just look at that sunrise comin’ on.
Just look at that sunrise comin’ on.
Give out a shout hooray,
We’ll all be dancin’ in the dawn of a new day. (Happy day!)

Carolyn Grey did a little vocal part here too, and I think trumpet & tenor solos are by Billie Rogers (one of the rare swingin’ brass ladies of the era) and Vido Musso. LINK 1, LINK 2 & LINK 3

That film maybe forgotten, but this very melody will swing further on through the upcoming decades.

Believe me, all you sinners!

Have fun!

Brewman

DANCING IN THE DAWN with Woody Herman & ‘The Band That Plays The Blues’, early in 1943 (soundtrack).

Wanna learn more about Woody? Feel free to go there, and read Steven A. Cerra’s splendid piece at his Jazz Profiles Blog.

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