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by Duncan Heining
A while ago, me and Mrs. O'Groove were at the Diamante Dance Academy, Chelmsford --I kid you not--for our regular lesson, when our teacher, Natasha Fellowes, put on this big band version of Van Halen's Jump." Turned out it was off Paul Anka's Rock Swings album (2005). No particular reason but I've always had a soft spot for the number but this was a hoot. More than that, the arrangement takes what was a quick jive and turns it into ...read more
by Chris M. Slawecki
Pop music sure has changed since Paul Anka last helped rule the airways (as composer or performer) with such mainstays as My Way, Diana, She's A Lady, and Puppy Love.Decades later, Anka's own notes explain the Rock Swings! concept: We all embraced the idea: to find songs from a diverse group of musicians, from Nirvana and Van Halen, to Lionel Richie and The Pet Shop Boys, and reinvent them in an entirely unique way: Swing! The result, a ...read more