Caroline Loftus’ top 10 swing playlist

Honey-voiced Australian singer shares 10 of her favourite tracks

Caroline Loftus’ top 10 swing playlist

• You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me: A dreamy tune from the 1933 film 42nd Street and covered by the amazing Doris Day!

• Old Devil Moon: Written in 1947 for the musical Finnian’s Rainbow, lyrically it exposes the dangers of passion. It has an unusual structure that makes it really interesting to sing.

• Sing Sing Sing: What’s not to love about Louis Prima? He wrote this way back in 1936 but it was so modern that it has a 50s vibe.

• My Baby Just Cares for Me: Nina Simone is one of my all-time heroes. This melody manages to dance while still being rhythmically heavy with the weight of her emotion.

• Dream a Little Dream of Me: Most people know the Mammas and the Papas’ version from the late 60s, but this is a true swinger from 1931!

• Tenderly: Originally written as a waltz, I adore this as a slow swing. The lyrics are so beautiful; this love song just swallows you up.

• Fly Me to the Moon: This song is Frank Sinatra personified and an absolute picture of the cool jazz and swing era of the 50s and 60s.

• Cheek to Cheek: What a masterpiece from Irving Berlin! This was first recorded by Fred Astaire for the 1935 movie ‘Top Hat’ with Ginger Rogers.

• It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing: This Duke Ellington classic does exactly what it says on the tin! A legendary example of the ‘Golden Age of Swing.’

• Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney: A little-known tune recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1960. I long for December so I can sing this cheeky number!

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