Jersey Bounce

December 18, 2021

Today’s song of the day was composed by Tiny Bradshaw, Bobby Plater and Eddie Johnson with a lyric by Buddy Feyne in 1941. 

Fun Facts

  • “Jersey Bounce” was written in 1941.
  • The song’s name became a popular nickname for several American aircraft, especially B-17 flying fortresses during WW2.
  • The song’s most famous version was by Benny Goodman, an American jazz clarinetist as well as a bandleader.
  • Goodman’s instrumental version of the song hit number 1 in 1942.
  • Benny Goodman’s full name is Benjamin Dave Goodman, also known as the King of Swing, and he was born May 30, 1909.
  • Benny Goodman was also the 20th century’s renowned clarinet virtuoso.
  • Jimmy Dorsey’s version of the song also charted at number 9 the very same year Benny Goodman’s did.
  • Jimmy Dorsey was not only a highly respected jazz musician but was also one of the top reed players of his era.
  • Jersey Bounce spent 20 weeks on The Billboard’s Best Selling Retail Records, and for 6 of those 20 weeks, it was at number 2.
  • The song now has many different versions by many different artists.

Lyrics:

(Lyrics)

They call it that Jersey bounce

A rhythm that really counts

The temperature always mounts

Wherever they play, the funny rhythm they play

It started on Journal Square

And somebody heard it there

He put it right on the air

And now you hear it everywhere

Uptown, gave it new licks

Downtown, added some tricks

No town, makes it sound, the same

As where it came from

So if you don’t feel so hot

Go out to some Jersey spot

And whether you’re hep or not

The Jersey bounce’ll make you swing

How I love that Jersey bounce

Oh come on and play that Jersey bounce

They call it that Jersey bounce

A rhythm that really counts

The temperature always mounts

Whenever they play that Jersey Bounce

It started on Journal Square

And somebody heard it there

He put it right on the air

That tune called the Jersey Bounce

Uptown, gave it new licks

Downtown, added some tricks

No town, make it sound the same

As where it came from

So if you don’t feel so hot

Go out to some Jersey spot

And whether you’re hep or not

The Jersey bounce’ll make you swing

Ounce by ounce

The Jersey Bounce

Puts you right in the swing

That Jersey Bounce 

It’ll make you swing

Give me that Jersey Bounce.

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