<Dancing in the Dark>

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Dancing in the Dark
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"Dancing in the Dark" was a product of sheer inspiration. While working on the score for the 1931 Broadway revue The Band Wagon, composer Schwartz was groping for-in his words-"a dark song, somewhat mystical, yet in slow, even rhythm." For days nothing would satisfy him. Then one morning he awoke with this melody so fixed in his head that all he had to do was jot down the notes.

Most folks remember dancing to it with one of the big swinging bands of the day. A personal favorite of the Old Kunnel.

Words by Howard Dietz

Music by Arthur Schwartz

Artie Shaw, the jazz legend who epitomized the Big Band era with hits such as "Begin the Beguine" and "Stardust" before abandoning the music world for writing and other pursuits, died Thursday, December 30, 2004. He was 94. He had been in declining health for some time and died at his home. His band's recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" topped the charts for six weeks in 1938 and made Shaw famous at age 28.

Among his other hits, some with his big band and some with his quartet, the Gramercy Five: "Frenesi," "Dancing in the Dark," "Nightmare," "Back Bay Shuffle," "Accent-tchu-ate the Positive," "Traffic Jam," "They Say," "Moonglow," "Stardust," "Thanks for Ev'rything," "Summit Ridge Drive" and "My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue."

The hits blocked in red can be found in the Ol'Kunnel's Jukebox
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Till the tune ends,
We're Dancing In The Dark
And it soon ends;
We're waltzing in the wonder of why we're here
Time hurries by, we're here and gone
Looking for the light
Of a new love to brighten up the night,
I have you, love, and
We can face the music together,
Dancing In The Dark.
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