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"Doin' the Jive"
1938 Brunswick 78, 8063.
Single by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
A-side "Doin' the Jive"
B-side "Humoresque"
Released 1937 (1937)
Recorded November 29, 1937
Label Brunswick
Writer(s) Glenn Miller, Chummy MacGregor

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1938 Vocalion 78, 5131.
1938 Vocalion 78, 5131.

"Doin' the Jive" is a 1938 song composed by Glenn Miller and pianist Chummy MacGregor.[1] The song was released as a 78 single by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on Brunswick.

Doin' the Jive was recorded for Brunswick on November 29, 1937, and released as Brunswick 8063 backed with "Humoresque" and as Vocalion 5131 backed with "Dipper Mouth Blues".

The song features lyrics sung by Kathleen Lane and the band that introduced a new dance, "The Jive": "You clap your hands/And you swing out wide/Do the Suzie Q/ Mix in a step or two/Put 'em all together/And you're doin' the jive". There is rap dialogue between Glenn Miller and Jerry "Buck" Jerome. The solos are by Jerry Jerome on tenor sax and Irving Fazola on clarinet.[2] A second version was released with Tex Beneke in the dialogue with Glenn Miller from a June 20, 1938 NBC radio broadcast from the Paradise Restaurant in New York City featuring Gail Reese on lead vocals.

Glenn Miller biographer and confidant George T. Simon reviewed the song in the March, 1938 issue of Metronome magazine, describing it as "much swing, fun, and good Kitty Lane singing." The band contributes vocals along with Glenn Miller and Jerry Jerome. The song was arranged by Glenn Miller.[3]

"Doin' the Jive" was released on the following record labels as a 78 single and as an album track: Brunswick 8062, Vocalion 5131, Okeh 5131, Conqueror 9489, Polygon 6001, Epic EG-7034, Epic LG-1008, Philips (England) BBR 8072, Epic EG-1008, and Columbia (England) DB 8072.[4]

Belgian bandleader Emile Deltour, under the pseudonym Eddie Tower, recorded a version on November 10, 1940 which was released as a Telefunken 78 single, A10232. Samuéla Burenstrand recorded "Doin' the Jive" live in 2006. The Seattle-based group The Careless Lovers recorded the song in 2012. "Doin' the Jive" was remixed in 2012 by RJGisinthehouse on YouTube in a techno, electronica, dance club mix. The Original Swingtime Big Band has also performed the song in concert in 2012.

The Glenn Miller recording appears on the 1992 Sony compilation Evolution of a Band, The Glenn Miller Story, Vols. 1-2 on Avid, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra: 1935-1938, Classics, 2004, Community Swing, Vol. 2, 1937-1938, Naxos Jazz Legends, 2003, The Complete Early Recordings, Opus Kura, 2004, and the 2003 Sony various artists collection Jazz Legends: Swing and Big Bands.

Radio Broadcasts

"Doin' the Jive" was performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and broadcast on the radio on the following dates: July 24, 1937 at the Hotel Roosevelt for a New Orleans broadcast, August 27, 1937 at the Adolphus Hotel for a Dallas broadcast, November 30, 1937 at the Raymor Hotel for a Boston broadcast, and on June 20, 1938 at the Paradise Restaurant featuring Gail Reese Reese on vocals and Tex Beneke on saxophone for a New York City broadcast.


The personnel on the 1937 Brunswick studio recording session for "Doin' the Jive" were: Trombones: Glenn Miller, Jesse Ralph, Bud Smith; Trumpets: George "Pee Wee" Erwin, Bob Price, Ardell Garrett; Reeds: Hal McIntyre, as, Tony Viola, as, Irving "Fazola" Prestopnick, clt, as, Jerry Jerome, ts, Carl Biesecker, ts; John Chummy MacGregor, piano; Carmen Mastren, guitar; Rowland Bundock, bass; and Doc Carney (Cenardo), drums. Kathleen Lane sang the lead vocals. The recording was made in Brunswick studios in New York. The arrangement was by Glenn Miller.[5]

The drummer on the 1937 session was Doc Carney Cenardo. In his 1974 biography Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, George Thomas Simon wrote: "Without realizing it, the Miller band had broken the color line."[6]


  1. ^ U. S. Library of Congress. Copyright Entries. The song was copyrighted on March 11, 1938 and published by Leo Feist, Inc. in New York.
  2. ^ Best of Big Bands: Evolution of a Band, Glenn Miller. Sony, 1992.
  3. ^ Flower, John. Liner Notes to the CD collection Community Swing, Vol. 2, 1937-1938, Naxos Jazz Legends, 2003.
  4. ^ Flower. 1972.
  5. ^ Flower. 1972.
  6. ^ Simon. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. 1974.


  • Simon, George Thomas. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. NY: Crowell, 1974.
  • Flower, John. Moonlight Serenade: A Bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1972.
  • Flower, John. Liner Notes to the CD collection Community Swing, Vol. 2, 1937-1938, Naxos Jazz Legends, 2003.

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