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Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing (1965)

From The Ed Sullivan Show on March 7, 1965, (the video seems to be incorrectly dated as being from 1960), watch Ella Fitzgerald perform with Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). ...a ...

Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – Basin Street Blues (1964)

In 1964, Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars were featured on The Bell Telephone Hour, a long-running NBC music program that moved from the radio to television in 1959. Here they play an Armstrong standard: Basin Street B...

Yakko’s Nations of the World: An updated version

For anyone who watched cartoons in the early 1990s, Yakko's World from Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs will be familiar. A memory-challenging list song, Yakko’s World inventories the nations of the world in a to...

The Mills Brothers: Swing It, Sister (1934)

Donald Mills, Harry Mills, Herbert Mills, and John Mills: The Mills Brothers perform Swing It, Sister in the 1934 film Strictly Dynamite. Note the excellent mouth trumpet action, a jazz-era vocal technique that ...

B.B. King & Lucille: Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

American Blues singer, songwriter, and guitar-playing legend B.B. King and his guitar Lucille perform the classic Nobody Loves Me But My Mother.

Joni Mitchell: The Circle Game

From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Way It Is television program, this is Joni Mitchell singing The Circle Game in 1968, a favorite with the kiddos in our house. Start the video from the beginning to see ...

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

When a peacock spider dances, how do we know that it's a really, really good dancer? From their colorful, iridescent body displays, to their wide variety of dance moves, to the different rhythms that they "sing" while...

Dizzy Gillespie live on stage: Salt Peanuts

American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer Dizzy Gillespie peforms Salt Peanuts live on stage, likely at the Ontario Place Forum in Toronto, circa 1971. We love the fun audience warm up in the...

The Astrid Waltz (with Chouchoutte)

The Astrid Waltz, a traditional Swedish diatonic waltz played on accordion by a woman who is also named Astrid. She is accompanied by Chouchoutte, who decided to sing. In the archives: more dogs and more accordions.

The mysterious song of the Humpback Whale

From the BBC’s Ocean Giants documentary, watch this incredible clip to hear the extraordinary and mysterious song of the Humpback Whale. Why do they sing (or hum)? Does it serve a purpose? Are...

One Note at a Time

Simon Panrucker builds this song One Note at a Time for DIY TV.

The Westerly Morris Men celebrate the vernal equinox

Every year, regardless of weather, the Westerly Morris Men celebrate the vernal equinox and the first day of spring with a pre-dawn hike up to the summit of Lantern Hill in North Stonington, ...

Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding (1951)

Hang on to your chairs and lamps. This is You’re All the World to Me, Fred Astaire’s famous 1951 dance scene in Royal Wedding. How did he do it? We’re keeping that under wraps at...

Glenn Miller, the Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge

Glenn Miller and his orchestra, and the Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge? Yes please! From the little known movie Sun Valley Serenade (1941), this is era-defining swing hit Chattanoog...

Singing Tesla Coils: Inspector Gadget

Seen at science museums, maker faires, and all over the internet, Singing Tesla Coils combine science and music in the most fantastical and memorable of ways. But how do they work? From Physics...

The Singing, Ringing Tree

This is something that we’d like to see and hear in person: The Singing, Ringing Tree was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu in 2006. It sits on a hill in Lancashire, Engla...

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly play The Tapping Game

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly play The Tapping Game… and they sing and dance, because when you have Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly on stage together, that’s what happens. This clip i...

Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh

One of the many classic scenes in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the brilliant Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh.Follow it up with these two: Gene Kelly singin’ and dancin’ in the rain, an...

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