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Duke Ellington and his orchestra perform “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” (music by Duke Ellington, lyric by Irving Mills, 1931) from a 1943 short musical film. Ellington’s longtime multi-talented band member Ray Nance does the violin solo and first vocal solo.

  • 1943
  • Performance Type: Movie
related song(s)
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
related performer(s)
Michael Feinstein
related songwriter(s)
Duke Ellington
Irving Mills