The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Jive An' Wail

BRIAN SETZER has built a career doing music from the past. His band "The Stray Cats," paid tribute to Rockabilly with several albums produced by Dave Edmunds in the early 80's that got airplay, TV exposure and a lot of gigs for the Cats.

 

In 1984 they broke up and Setzer became a sideman for acts like Robert Plant's "The Honeydrippers," but he missed playing music from the 50's, like Louis Prima's Jump Blues, so he assembled a 17 piece orchestra and began to recreate the Swing Music from that time.

 

The band had great success with a cover of Prima's, JUMP JIVE AN' WAIL, from the 1998 album, "Dirty Boogie." The song went on to win the Grammy Award that year for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals,"and another cut on the album, a cover of Santo and Johnny's, "Sleepwalk," took the Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" that year.

 

Scott found this really Hot Video of Setzer and his Big Band doing "Jump Jive An' Wail" in 1999, complete with Swing Dancers cutting a rug, in Vibrant Color and Pristine sound, @therealdonrocks

 

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