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BALLIN' THE JACK From the Broadway Musical "The Girl From Utah" (1914) (Lyrics: James Henry Burris / Music: Chris Smith) Donald Brian (Broadway Production) - 1914 Prince's Orch. (Instr.) - 1914 Victor Military Band (Instr.) - 1914 The Chicago Footwarmers (Instr.) - 1928 Eddie Condon & His Band (Instr.) - 1938 Jelly Roll Morton's new Orleans Jazz Men (Instr.) - 1941 Judy Garland & gene Kelly (feat. in the film "For Me And My Girl") - 1942 Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band (vocal: Joe Darensbourg) - 1945 Stella Brooks - 1946 Georgia Gibbs - 1947 (Re-recorded 1955) Danny Kaye - 1947 Martha Tilton & Hal Derwin - 1949 The Three Suns - 1949 The Chordettes - 1950 Dean Martin & Polly Bergen (feat. in the film "That's My Boy") - 1951 Danny Kaye (feat. in the film "On The Riviera") - 1951 Perez Prado & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1954 Pearl Bailey - 1958 Brenda Lee - 1959 Somethin' Smith & The Redheads - 1960 Bob Conrad - 1961 The Viscounts - 1963 Fats Domino - 1965 Bing Crosby - 1968 The Osmonds - 1974 Harry Nilsson - 1976 Sharon, Lois & Bram - 1986 Also recorded by : Eddy Howard; Dick Jurgens; Johnny Maddox; Greg & Steve; Billie Holiday; Henry "Red" Allen; Louis Armstrong; Chet Atkins; Count Basie; Earl Hines; Firehouse Five Plus Two; Pete Fountain; Maurice Chevalier; Cliff Richard; Sidney Bechet; Lester Lanin; Spike Jones; Annette Funicello; Ken Colyer; Benny Goodman; Chubby Checker; James P. Johnson; Sammy Davis Jr.; Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orch.; Sidney DeParis Blue Note Jazzmen; Eddy Howard; Bunk Johnson;Spike Jones; Matty Matlock; Eddie Cantor; Freddy Martin & His Orch. ............ and many, many others. ORIGINAL LYRICS: Folks in Georgia's 'bout to go insane Since that new dance down in Georgia came I'm the only person who's to blame I'm the party introduced it there, so Give me credit to know a thing or two Give me credit for springing something new I will show this little dance to you When I do you'll say that it's a bear First you put your two knees close up tight Then you sway 'em to the left, then you sway 'em to the right Step around the floor kind of nice and light Then you twist around and twist around with all your might Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space Then you do the Eagle Rock with style and grace Swing your foot way 'round, then bring it back Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack" It's being done at all the cabarets All society now has got the craze It's the best dance done in modern days That is why I rave about it so Play some good Rag that will make you prance Old folks, young folks all try to do the dance Join right in now while you got the chance Once again the steps to you I'll show First you put your two knees close up tight Then you sway 'em to the left, then you sway 'em to the right Step around the floor kind of nice and light Then you twist around and twist around with all your might Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space Then you do the Eagle Rock with style and grace Swing your foot way 'round, then bring it back Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack" (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2017) ******************** As performed by JUDY GARLAND & GENE KELLY in the film "For Me And My Gal" (1942): From coast to coast, from Canada to Mexico They're doing a new dance, a tried-and-a-true dance That will sweep the land and you'll think it's so grand You'll have to learn how to do it, so please don't boo-hoo it 'Cause we've got this little dance that's gonna rise to fame It's sure to put most any other dance to shame The "Turkey-Trot", the "Bunny-Hug", the "Tickley-Toe" Will be forgotten when we start to go! Mr. Leader, won't you start the syncopation And we'll begin our little demonstration..... Now, first you put your two knees close up tight. Then you sway 'em to the left and you sway 'em to the right Step around the floor kind of nice and light Then you twist around and twist around with all of your might Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space Then you do the eagle rock with style and grace Swing your foot way 'round and bring it back Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack" ******************** As recorded by DANNY KAYE in 1949: Whooo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, oh you dog Friddle-lah-doo-dai-doo-dig-bee-addle- doo-doo, boy First you put your two knees close up tight You swing 'em to the left and then you swing 'em to the right Step around the floor kinda nice and light And then you twist around, twist around with all of your might Spread your lovin’ arms way out in space You do the Eagle Rock with such style and grace You put your left foot out and then you bring it back That’s what I call "Ballin’ the Jack" Oh, don’t do me that way Listen to that man go, he’s crazy, I swear, he’s crazy Oh dear! Now follow me closely, real close on this one, and do me after me First you put your two knees close up tight, real close, real close Swing 'em to the left and then you swing 'em to the right Oh, you’re delicious Step around the floor kinda nice and light And then you twist around, twist around with all of your might Spread your lovin’ arms way out in space You do the eagle rock with such style and grace You put your left foot out and then you bring it back That’s what I call "Ballin’ the Jack" (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2017) ******************** As performed by DEAN MARTIN & POLLY BERGEN in the film "That's My Boy" (1951): DEAN: Here's a new dance we oughta show 'em how to do POLLY: This is the chance to really show `em somethin' new DEAN: Are you ready? POLLY: Ready and waitin', Sir DEAN: Well okay DEAN: First you put your two knees close up tight Then you sway 'em to the left an' then you sway 'em to the right POLLY: Then DEAN: Step around the floor kind of nice and light BOTH: Then you twist around and twist around with all of your might POLLY: Wow! DEAN: Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space BOTH: Do the Eagle Rock with style and grace DEAN: Swing your foot way `round, then bring it back Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack" DEAN: First you put your two knees close up tight Then you sway 'em to the left an' then you sway 'em to the right POLLY: Then DEAN: Step around the floor kind of nice and light BOTH: Then you twist around and twist around with all of your might POLLY: Wow! DEAN: Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space BOTH: Do the Eagle Rock with style and grace DEAN: Swing your foot way 'round, then bring it back Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack" POLLY: First DEAN: Yes POLLY: Your knees up tight, then sway 'em DEAN: Done! POLLY: To the left, to the right Step around the floor kind of nice and light BOTH: Then twist with all of your might, Boy POLLY: Your arms in space You do the Eagle Rock with style and grace Swing your foot way 'round, then bring it back BOTH: Now that's what we call "Ballin' the Jack" BOTH: Knees close up tight, to the left, to the right Step around the floor kind of nice and light Then twist with all of your might Stretch out in space Do the Eagle Rock with form and grace Your foot way 'round POLLY: Bring it back BOTH: That's what we call "Ballin' the Jack" BOTH: Stretch your lovin' arms with style and grace Swing your foot way 'round Bring it back, boy, boy, boy, boogala That's what we call "Ballin' the Jack." (Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - March 2005)

    


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