Where To Beguine?

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    Beguine: a popular dance of West Indian origin, similar to the foxtrot.

    "Begin the Beguine" is a popular song written by Cole Porter. Porter composed the song between Kalabahi, Indonesia, and Fiji during a 1935 Pacific cruise aboard Cunard's ocean liner Franconia. "
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    Alec Wilder described it in his book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators 1900–1950 as:

    "a maverick, an unprecedented experiment and one which, to this day, after hearing it hundreds of times, I cannot sing or whistle or play from start to finish without the printed music ... about the sixtieth measure I find myself muttering another title, End the Beguine."
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    Begin the Beguine - Cole Porter

    Thomas Hampson sings Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine in an arrangement of Wijnand Van Klaveren with Wolfram Rieger (piano), Liza Ferschtman (violin), Wilmar de Visser (double bass) and Ties Mellema (saxophone)



     
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    Artie Shaw : Begin the Beguine
     
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    Liberace - "Begin the Beguine" (1950s)
     
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    Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire tap dancing

     
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    If you begin the beguine too early do you end up in the hokey pokey?
     
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    Begin the Beguine - Eleanor Powell & Fred Astaire - Broadway Melody of 1940
     
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    Alec Wilder - Beguiner's Luck
     
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    Begin The Beguine - Ella fitzgerald
     
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    I think it was Cole Porter's most beloved composition, AND WHAT ROMANTIC LYRICS!

    Porter was in constant pain for the last 27 years of his life from a horse riding accident from which he never fully recovered.

    It's the tune I like to play most on my Piano! From that opening 8-bar intro, everyone knows what's coming!
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    Pete Townshend, English musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band, The Who.

    :p :confused: Ouch! .
    (Just my opinion)

     
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    Les Paul "Begin the Beguine"12/24/01
    Les Paul with Lou Pallo and Frank Vignola and Nicki Parrott
     
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    Nino Tempo & April Stevens - with a little yodeling. American Bandstand TV show, 1965..FrI like it!

     
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    They reminded me of the Louie Prima and Keely Smith version
     
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    Dizzy Gillespie - Begin the Beguine
     
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