What is the history of the name "Sophisticated Swing"
(that name started to be used by Arthur Murray in the 1950s for the dance we now call West Coast Swing?)
SOPHISTICATED SWING, 1937
Will Hudson (music)-Mitchell Parrish (lyrics) 1937
recorded by Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (1938), Jimmy Dorsey,
Les Brown, Count Basie, others
1. Honey, mascara your eyebrow and come with me.
We're gonna step into highbrow society.
Doin' the platinum plated
2. There'll be an orchestra playin' the latest hits.
While we are swingin' and swayin' down at the Ritz.
Doin' a perfectly mated
3.My, we must dance refined.
Still, if you're inclined,
to go to town, we'll go dear.
4.Honey, we're gonna do it in style deluxe,
And we can just about do it on seven bucks.
Doin' the newly created
transcribed from the Berrigan recording by K. Lichtmann
Comment: the publication date 1937 corresponds to the approximate time frame in Southern California ballrooms,
when it was noted that people were dancing slotted swing.
lnterestingly, the tempo of the Berrigan recording is 124 bpm, a perfect contemporary WCS tempo
Mitchell Parrish, aka: Parish.
Lyricist Mitchell Parrish was an active writer from the 1920's to 1960's.
1928 "Sweet Lorraine," Pianist: I. Schwartz
1932 "Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia"
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