Hot Feet

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 18 Oct 2010

"Hot Feet expertly epitomises so you can hold it in your hands, a miniature 70-song jukebox" 4/5  MOJO

"These 70 tracks illustrate the evolution of dance music through the three decades with names like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, King Oliver, through to The Andrew Sisters and Glenn Miller." BLUES AND SOUL MAGAZINEO


CAT No: FVTD074UPC TEXT: 5055311000749

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Hot Feet is the story in music, words and pictures, of the thriving dance culture in the USA across three decades, from the Jazz Age of the ‘20s, to the Depression years of the ‘30s, and on through World War II to the immediate post-war era. It was a culture which resonated in Europe and beyond. Currently there is a tremendous fascination with this era, ranging from local halls and university societies catering for the demand to learn the dances, to a vibrant club scene for those wishing to dance to – and dress in – the styles of an age they are too young to have known.

In a lively essay, accompanied by copious illustrations, early jazz and blues authority Mike Rowe recalls the dominant dance styles from the Charleston to the Black Bottom and on to the Lindy Hop (which essentially became the Jitterbug and then the Jive), via dances not destined for polite society, such as the Slow Drag and the Funky Butt. The great dance venues of Harlem – Small’s Paradise, Connie’s Inn, the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom – are evoked, as are the sartorial styles of the dancers, and the changing socio-economic circumstances of African Americans, who were at the forefront of developments in music and dance.

But what of the music? Hot Feet’s three-disc, 70-track selection amply illustrates the evolution of danceable music, from the hot jazz of the Roaring ‘20s, to the “sweet music” and swing of the ‘30s and on to the wartime preference for big band boogie, which gave way to the small-combo rhythm and blues styles which predominated after the war. Recordings by familiar names like King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Freddie Slack and Amos Milburn sit alongside offering from less-familiar performers, to provide a wide-ranging, and most importantly fun, soundtrack to our survey of dance’s golden years.



  1. Sweet Georgia Brown (Ben Bernie & His Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra)
  2. Charleston Mad (Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders)
  3. Steppin’ In Society (The Knickerbockers)
  4. Melancholy Lou (Howard Lanin’s Ben Franklin Dance Orchestra)
  5. Messin’ Around (Jimmy Blythe & His Ragamuffins)
  6. Shake That Thing (Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra)
  7. Wa Wa Wa (King Oliver & His Dixie Syncopators)
  8. What A Man! (Charley Straight & His Orchestra)
  9. Black Bottom (Johnny Hamp’s Kentucky Serenaders)
  10. Magnolia (The California Ramblers)
  11. Wabash Blues (The Charleston Chasers)
  12. Be My Baby (Blue Steele & His Orchestra)
  13. Birmingham Black Bottom (Charlie Johnson’s Original Paradise Ten)
  14. Broadway Stomp (Jack Pettis & His Pets)
  15. What A Day! (Ted Weems & His Band)
  16. Everybody Loves My Baby (Earl Hines & His Orchestra)
  17. Kansas City Kitty (The Rhythmic Eight)
  18. Hot Feet (Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra)
  19. Skirts (Slatz Randall & His Orchestra)
  20. Doctor Blues (Luis Russell & His Orchestra)
  21. Sud Buster’s Dream (Tiny Parham & His Musicians)
  22. Marbles (Herman Waldman & His Orchestra)
  23. Cotton Club Stomp (Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra)


  1. Happy Feet (Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra)
  2. Slappin’ The Bass (Bud Ritchie & His Boys)
  3. You Rascal You (Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (as Connie’s Inn Orchestra))
  4. Darktown Strutters Ball (Chick Webb & His Orchestra)
  5. Diga Diga Doo (The Mills Brothers with Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra)
  6. I’ve Found A New Baby (Paul Cornelius & His Orchestra)
  7. Tidal Wave (Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra)
  8. My Blue Heaven (Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra)
  9. Let’s Get Drunk And Truck (The Harlem Hamfats)
  10. Harlem Shout (Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra)
  11. Let's Dance (Benny Goodman & His Orchestra)
  12. Rendezvous With Rhythm (Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra)
  13. Boogie Woogie (Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra)
  14. Jumpin’ At The Woodside (Count Basie & His Orchestra)
  15. Little Gate’s Special (Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra)
  16. At The Woodchopper's Ball (Woody Herman & His Orchestra)
  17. Lester Leaps In (Count Basie's Kansas City Seven)
  18. Celery Stalks At Midnight (Will Bradley & His Orchestra)
  19. Summit Ridge Drive (Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five)
  20. Louisiana (Count Basie & His Orchestra)
  21. In The Mood (Glenn Miller & His Orchestra)
  22. Chips’ Boogie Woogie (Woody Herman & His Four Chips)
  23. Second Balcony Jump (Al Cooper & His Savoy Sultans)
  24. Jumpin’ In A Julep Joint (Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra)


  1. Flying Home (Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra)
  2. 47th Street Jive (June Richmond with Andy Kirk & His Orchestra)
  3. Down The Road A-Piece (Will Bradley Trio)
  4. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (The Andrews Sisters)
  5. American Patrol (Glenn Miller & His Orchestra)
  6. Riffette (Freddie Slack & His Orchestra)
  7. Mason Flyer (Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra)
  8. Cow Cow Boogie (Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack & His Orchestra)
  9. A String Of Pearls (Benny Goodman & His Orchestra)
  10. Jeep Jockey Jump (American Band of The AEF)
  11. Rib Joint (Freddie Slack’s Eight Beats By Four)
  12. At Sundown (Jazz Club Mystery Hot Band)
  13. The Honeydripper (Part 1) (Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers)
  14. Be Ba Ba Le Ba Boogie (Helen Humes & All Stars)
  15. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five)
  16. Eight O’Clock Stomp (Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys)
  17. Roomin' House Boogie (Amos Milburn)
  18. Kansas City Jumps (Earl Jackson & His Orchestra)
  19. Creepin’ (Late Freight) (Sonny Thompson)
  20. Texas Hop (Pee Wee Crayton & His Guitar)
  21. The Huckle-buck (Roy Milton & His Solid Senders)
  22. Rock The Joint (Jimmy Preston & The Prestonians)
  23. Rock And Roll (Wild Bill Moore)