“A Little Jive Is Good For You” – Martha Tilton With Ben Pollack And His Orchestra – (film clip, 1941)

Martha Tilton sings in this “Soundies” film from 1941, with Slate Brothers, and Ben Pollack and His Orchestra accompanying.

What the…What just happened? Is this even jazz at this point?

I think someone was smokin’ some “jive” when they thought of this storyline.

At this point, the end of jazz as we know it isn’t far away, but there’s hope. Musicians will soon take back the medium from the entertainment industry and invent new ways of expressing the world in which they live. Wouldn’t you have? Hollywood, the war machine, and the music industry will soon lose the control that they had in directing and manipulating jazz for the masses. Be bop and other new forms are just around the corner.

With all due respect, I like the song and the “meta” aspect of it: A pretty swinging and jiving song with lyrics and instructions about, well, “Jivin’.”

A Youtube repost.

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