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Woody Herman & His Orchestra (1940)

Approved  |   |  Short, Music  |  27 July 1940 (USA)
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Woody Herman's orchestra plays five tunes, and guest performers sing and dance.


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Woody Herman and his big band play on a stage in front of a theater audience. Herman leads the band, sings, and takes a few clarinet solos. Herman and the band do "Carolina in the Morning," "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," and "Doctor Jazz." Between the songs are two dance numbers. In the first, "Two Little Girls in One," Lee Wiley and Marie Hartman, looking like twins, dance as if they are one dancer and her mirrored reflection. In the second, "Jail House Blues," Hal and Honey Abbott tap to a fast beat, doing a version of the Lindy that morphs into more comic turns. The audience applauds each number. Written by <>

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27 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1939-1940) #10: Woody Herman & His Orchestra  »

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Vitaphone production reel #B209. See more »


Edited into Headline Bands (1946) See more »


Doctor Jazz
Music by Joe Oliver
Lyrics by Walter Melrose
Performed by Woody Herman and His Orchestra (Woody Herman vocal)
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Woody Herman and 1930's Jazz
6 October 2008 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

This is like a 1930's music video. A compilation of a few tunes by Woody Herman and his band. The tunes are bouncy and the band is very competent, and Woody has a decent voice. There are guest dancers swinging up a storm, and an audience full of very old people wearing extremely formal clothes, and they all look really out of place. They had such serious looks on their faces while the music was playing that it made me wonder why they clapped at the end of the songs. Just polite I guess. It looked like they enjoyed dressing up and going out a lot more than the music they were listening to. No lighters waving or mosh pit head-banging here.

This is all very nice for fans of the music of the era I'm sure, but as a guitar-rock guy, the music didn't do much for me.

Your mileage will vary depending on musical taste.

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