When Count Basie first released "Jumpin' At The Woodside" in 1938 John McCain was still learning to ride a burro around his native Panama-- though Bas
May 22, 2008

When Count Basie first released "Jumpin' At The Woodside" in 1938 John McCain was still learning to ride a burro around his native Panama-- though Basie had already had 5 hits. It was just the beginning for Basie and he and his orchestra went on to defining the entire swing era of jazz. At various times Basie's Big Band had singers (or backed singers) like Billie Holiday, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Basie won an astounding 17 Grammy awards and when he died in 1980 he had achieved every milestone of success a musician can aspire to. (Unfortunately for us all, over the decades McCain went from trying to stay on a burro to flying planes-- with disastrous consequences.)

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