Mildred Bailey: Rockin' Chair (1932)


Rockin' Chair


Matty Malneck Orchestra


Mildred Bailey, Volume Two: Band Vocalist (Old Masters MB104)

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Mildred Bailey (vocals), Red Norvo (marimba).

Composed by Hoagy Carmichael


Recorded: August 18, 1932


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Hoagy Carmichael first heard Mildred Bailey with Paul Whiteman's orchestra in 1929 and later taught her this song, which he felt suited her voice and style. "Rockin' Chair" was a huge hit and soon became Bailey's signature song. It also earned her the epithet, "Rockin' Chair Lady." Bailey's voice and manner were well suited to Carmichael's laconic style. This is her first recording with future husband Red Norvo.

Reviewer: Sue Russell

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  • 1 Bernard LEE // Jan 06, 2009 at 03:25 AM
    You list HOAGY CARMICHAEL as composer, very properly. Did he also write the all-important lyrics? I don't believe so. Thank you, Bernard Lee, lyricist