Grammy® hall of fame jazz singles

"The Hall of Fame Award," explains The Recording Academy's website, "was established in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts."

As of February 2008, 73 jazz singles have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. is pleased to complement the Grammy honor roll with a detailed review of each HOF jazz track. Note that the date in parentheses may not always correspond exactly, since Grammy lists release date, whereas prefers recording date.

Original Dixieland Jazz Band, "Darktown Strutters' Ball" (1917)
Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds, "Crazy Blues" (1920)
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, "Chimes Blues" (1923)
Bessie Smith With Louis Armstrong, cornet, "St. Louis Blues" (1925)
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five, "Heebie Jeebies" (1926)
Frankie Trumbauer And His Orchestra Featuring Bix Beiderbecke On Cornet, "Singin' The Blues" (1927)
Bix Beiderbecke, "In A Mist (Piano Solo)" (1927)
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five, "West End Blues" (1928)
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, "Black And Tan Fantasy" (1928)
Pine Top Smith, "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie" (1928)
Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines, "Weather Bird" (1928)
Thomas "Fats" Waller, "Ain't Misbehavin' (Piano Solo)" (1929)
Louis Armstrong, "St. Louis Blues" (1929)
Duke Ellington, "Mood Indigo" (1931)
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, "Minnie The Moocher" (1931)
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, "All Of Me" (1932)
Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (1932)
Ethel Waters, "Stormy Weather" (1933)
Thomas "Fats" Waller, "Honeysuckle Rose" (1934)
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, "Cocktails For Two" (1934)
Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France Featuring Django Reinhardt And Stephane Grappelli, "Djangology" (1935)
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra, "King Porter Stomp" (1935)
Benny Goodman Quartet, "Moonglow" (1936)
Count Basie, "One O'clock Jump" (1937)
Benny Goodman, "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1937)
Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra, "For Dancers Only" (1937)
Artie Shaw And His Orchestra, "Begin The Beguine" (1938)
Chick Webb And His Orchestra With Ella Fitzgerald, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" (1938)
Coleman Hawkins, "Body And Soul" (1939)
Billie Holiday, "Strange Fruit" (1939)
Art Tatum, Piano Solo, "Tea For Two" (1939)
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra, Martha Tilton, Vocal And Ziggy Elman, Trumpet, "And The Angels Sing" (1939)
Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra, "Cherokee" (1939)
Woody Herman And His Orchestra, "Woodchopper's Ball" (1939)
Count Basie's Kansas City 7, "Lester Leaps In" (1939)
Artie Shaw And His Orchestra, "Star Dust" (1940)
Artie Shaw And His Orchestra, "Frenesi" (1940)
Benny Goodman Sextet, "Seven Come Eleven" (1940)
Billie Holiday, "God Bless The Child" (1941)
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, "Take The "A" Train" (1941)
Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra, "Flying Home" (1942)
Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, "Black, Brown And Beige" (1944)
King Cole Trio, "Straighten Up And Fly Right" (1944)
Lester Young Quartet, "Just You, Just Me" (1944)
Billie Holiday, "Embraceable You" (1944)
Stan Kenton And His Orchestra, "Artistry In Rhythm" (1945)
Billie Holiday, "Lover Man" (1945)
Dizzy Gillespie & His Sextet, "Groovin' High" (1945)
Charlie Parker And His Re-Boppers, "Billie's Bounce" (1945)
Charlie Parker Sextet, "Ornithology" (1946)
Sarah Vaughan, "If You Could See Me Now" (1946)
Django Reinhardt And Stephane Grappelli With The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France, "Nuages" (1946)
The King Cole Trio, "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" (1946)
Dizzy Gillespie & His Sextet, "A Night In Tunisia" (1946)
Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra, "Manteca" (1947)
Woody Herman And His Orchestra, "Four Brothers" (1948)
Thelonious Monk Quintet, "Round Midnight" (1948)
Woody Herman And His Orchestra, "Early Autumn" (1949)
Bud Powell Trio, "Un Poco Loco" (1951)
James Moody, "Moody's Mood For Love" (1952)
Jimmy Forrest, "Night Train" (1952)
Erroll Garner Trio, "Misty" (1954)
Count Basie & His Orchestra, "April In Paris" (1955)
Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Williams, Vocal, "Every Day I Have The Blues" (1955)
Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars, "Mack The Knife" (1955)
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, "Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue" (1956)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, "Moanin'" (1958)
Nina Simone, "I Loves You, Porgy" (1959)
Ella Fitzgerald, "How High The Moon" (1960)
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd, "Desafinado" (1962)
Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Take Five" (1963)
John Coltrane With Johnny Hartman, "Lush Life" (1963)
Chick Corea, "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" (1968)


January 20, 2008 · 3 comments

  • 1 ron carter // Feb 06, 2008 at 11:54 PM
    what ? MILES DAVIS KIND OF BLUE(1959) ??? musicians are still trying to figure out those changes ! and not with standing, it still sells a LOT of cds !
  • 2 Alan Kurtz // Feb 07, 2008 at 04:48 AM
    Ron, rest assured, Kind of Blue is nestled securely in the Grammy Hall of Fame, where it was inducted in 1992. The list on this page covers jazz singles only, not albums.
  • 3 Jeff Goodall // Feb 08, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    I agree with Ron Carter. The fact that nothing from Kind of Blue ("All Blues" comes to mind in particular) is criminal. The man was the poster child of modern jazz for almost two decades before he went another direction. I love Duke's collection of music but they coulda sacrificed one of these titles for Miles.