The video captures a time in history when America was grooving to swing and jazz rhythms. Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington take center stage on The Ed Sullivan Show on March 7, 1965, and deliver a performance that will forever be etched in the annals of American music history.
The performance is nothing short of magnificent. Fitzgerald’s voice is smooth, sultry, and full of soul. Ellington’s fingers glide effortlessly over his piano keys, and the notes he produces are nothing short of magical. The chemistry between the two legends is undeniable, and their performance is a true masterpiece.
1965 was a time of great change and upheaval in America. It was a year that saw the introduction of the Medicare program, the opening of the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, and the debut of the first U.S. troops in Vietnam. It was also a year of great music, with hits like “My Girl” by The Temptations and “Yesterday” by The Beatles dominating the charts.
But for many Americans, the real heart and soul of the era was the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Their unique sound and style captured the imagination of a generation, and their performances were always a highlight of any musical event.
“It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” was one of Fitzgerald and Ellington’s most popular songs, and it’s easy to see why. The catchy melody, upbeat tempo, and infectious rhythm make it impossible to resist. Even now, almost sixty years later, it’s hard not to tap your feet and sway along to the music.
But what many fans don’t know is that the song almost didn’t happen. Ellington had written the melody years before but couldn’t find the right lyrics to accompany it. It wasn’t until he met lyricist Irving Mills that the song finally came together. Mills added the now-famous phrase “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)” to the song, and a classic was born.
Watching Fitzgerald and Ellington perform “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” is an experience that every music lover should have. Their talent, passion, and sheer joy for music are evident in every note they play and sing. It’s a performance that transports you back to a simpler era when music was everything.
So go ahead and watch the video below. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Let yourself be carried away by the magic of their music. And be sure to hit the like and share button because this is a performance that deserves to be shared with friends and loved ones.