Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (Ellington) by Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra, trumpet solo by Cootie Williams

The famous instrumental was recorded in March 1940 as “Concerto For Cootie,” originally issued on Victor 26598, and reissued in 1944 on 20-1547 with the new title “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” while the musicians union remained on strike against Victor (aka the “Recording Ban”). Note the secondary melody that begins at 1:56 which was lengthened and renamed “Velvet Moon,” a substantial instrumental hit in 1943 for Harry James.

THE 1944 HITS ARCHIVE - a collection of commercial recordings and songs that proved popular during the calendar year 1944 via sales, sheet music, juke box play, and radio exposure.…plus some others that have gained increased recognition or have been shown to have had an impact during the decades that followed. You’ll note that due to the long-running ‘recording ban’ (musician’s union strike against the record companies), quite a number of this year’s best-sellers were recordings made back in 1942 or earlier.

Jazz / Big Band

Count Basie Orchestra
Blue And Sentimental / Oh, Lady Be Good

Chick Webb And His Orchestra
The Dipsy Doodle / Midnite In A Madhouse

Seth MacFarlane
Once In A While

Count Basie Orchestra
One O'Clock Jump / John's Idea

Gene Krupa
Erkennungsmelodie Gene Krupa-Story

Benny Goodman
The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Vol. 1

Louis Armstrong
Armstrong For Ever

Al Caiola
Deja Entrar Al Sol

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra
Beulah's Boogie / Million Dollar Smile

Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians
Till We Two Are One / Our Heartbreaking Waltz

Count Basie Orchestra
You Can Depend On Me / Oh! Lady Be Good

Gary McFarland
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