Your showtune for July 7 is

“Hit Me with a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce” – Various

Music: Duke Ellington   Lyrics: Don George

An exclamation of swing and scat, this song was featured in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night entitled Play On! as well as the all-singing, all-dancing Swing!—both shows punctuated with an appropriate exclamation point.  The punchy jazz hit was also used in the musical revue Sophisticated Ladies.  It remains as popular today as its composer, Duke Ellington, who bounced back into public interest when he appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival on this day in 1956, giving a much-needed boost to his career.

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