Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Louise Brooks recommends these three recordings

Louise Brooks concludes her 1940 booklet, The Fundamentals of Good Ballroom Dancing, by recommending three recordings with which to practice dancing. Here is a scan of Brooks' musical recommendations from that rare booklet:

Along with some real "hot" jazz, the three recordings, Wayne King's "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," and Xavier Cugat's "Siboney" and "Caminito," can each be heard on RadioLulu, the Louise Brooks Society's unique online radio station. As of today, the station has more than 425 mostly vintage tracks and 22 hours of programming. Check it out at www.live365.com/stations/298896

Here is a YouTube video of Cugat's tango "Caminito."

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