I wonder if Basie named a song after Frankie Manning, too?
> While looking through my albums (alas, my only CDs are filled with data, not
> music *sigh*) for another post, I came across a Count Basie anthology put out
> by time-life. One of the song titles caught my eye - it's just called "Shorty
> George", apparently done around 1937.
There is also a song from that time frame 'Arthur Murray taught me dancing
in a hurry' :-) I think I 've seen it on another disc from that Time Life
series. Artie Shaw's brother, whose name now escapes me, would be my best guess.
> I wonder if Basie named a song after Frankie Manning, too?
Of course there are plenty of songs about Bill "Bojangles" Robinson'
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> There is also a song from that time frame 'Arthur Murray taught me dancing
> in a hurry' :-) I think I 've seen it on another disc from that Time Life
> series. Artie Shaw's brother, whose name now escapes me, would be my best guess.
Oops. Blunder. I was thinking of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy's brother.
Odd. Shorty George Snowden was by no means fictional, at least according
to Frankie Manning and also other sources. As I recall, he was around
a little bit before Frankie, was known for winning dance marathons and
the like, is occasionally credited as having invented the term Lindy Hop,
and did a move which was the inspiration for Frankie creating the first
airstep. Sadly, I think it says in the Stearns' "Jazz Dance" book that he had
to give up dancing in later life because his feet had been pounded to mush.
That song was mentioned (lyrics are even given) in the book:
My Husband, Arthur Murray
by Kathryn Murray
1960, pub. by Simon and Schuster