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It is the author’s intent that the soundtracks (chapter titles) for both June and Violet’s characters enhance each chapter. The specific versions of the songs were selected because they defined the mood of the chapter and are meant to enhance the reader’s experience. 1940s songstress image

June’s selections come from the swing resurgence of the 1990s and fall into the genre of “neo-swing.” Violet’s songs are gathered from the Big Band Jazz Era with recordings from, but not limited to, the 1930s and 1940s.

For those interested in musicology, this index (by character and chapter) includes original information about the songs and lyrics.

***Newly added: Soundtracks for the sequel Hops the Atlantic!***



1990s – June

1. She Walk Right In (the Big Six) written by Ralph Bass/Jesse Powell/Frances Dailey; additional lyrics by Eddie Nichols.

3. Meet me in Uptown (Mighty Blue Kings) composed by Ross Bon 1996.

5. Good Enough for Grandad (Squirrel Nut Zippers) written by Don Raleigh / James Mathus & His Knockdown Society.

7. After You’ve Gone (8 1/2 Souvenirs) composed by Turner Layton, with lyrics written by Henry Creamer; originally recorded by Marion Harris on July 22, 1918 and released on Victor

9. What’s Next (Big Bad VooDoo Daddy) written by Scotty Morris 1999.

11. That’s Where My Money Goes (Indigo Swing) Traditional.

13. Smack Dab in the Middle (Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums) written by Charles (Chuck) Calhoun aka Jesse Stone 1955

15. Work Baby Work (Royal Crown Review) composed by J. Adrian.

17. Jump Jive and Wail (Brian Setzer) Written and first performed by Louis Prima in 1939

19. What’s the Matter with You (Lavay Smith) composed by Albinia Jones

21. Feelin Kinda Lucky (Big Sandy) written by Webb Pierce

23. Back in Your Own Backyard (Dean Mora) Composed by: Al Jolson / Billy Rose / Dave Dreyer

25. Wednesday Night Hop (George Gee) Composed by: Andy Kirk / Leslie Johnakins

27. No More Nothin (Lucky Stars) Composed by: Zeb Turner

29. Rock This Town (Brian Setzer Orchestra) Composed by: Brian Setzer / Dave Edmunds

31. Let me In (Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums) Composed by John Marascalco

33. Boogie Woogie on a Saturday Night (Stompy Jones) Composed by: Irene Higginbotham and Hal Miller published by Decca.

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1940s – Violet

2. Swinging on a Star (Bing Crosby) Composed by: James Van Heusen / Johnny Burke in 1944 recorded for Decca Records.

4. T’aint What you do. It’s the way that you Do it (Jimmie Lunceford) written by jazz musicians Melvin “Sy” Oliver and James “Trummy” Young in 1939.

6. Elmer’s Tune (Glenn Miller) Composed by: Dick Jurgens / Elmer Albrecht / Sammy Gallop

8. I’m Beginning to See the Light (Harry James) written by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James, and published in 1944

10. Milkshake Stand (The Three Barons) written by Greene, Patterson, & McGhee in 1944

12. That’s the Glory of Love (Benny Goodman) written by Billy Hill 1936

14. Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar (Will Bradley) Composed by: Don Raye / Eleanore Sheehy / Hughie Prince

16. Heebie Jeebies (The Boswell Sisters) written by Boyd Atkins, recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1926 on Okeh Records

18. Topsy (Count Basie) Composed by Eddie Durham / Edgar Battle in 1937

20. And Her Tears Flowed Liked Wine (Anita O’Day) Composed by Charles Lawrence / Jack Lawrence / Joe Greene / Stan Kenton in 1944.

22. In the Mood (Andrew Sisters) Composed by Andy Razaf / Joe Garland in 1938

24. Sentimental Journey (Dinah Shore) music written by Les Brown and Ben Homer, lyrics by Arthur Green, 1944.

26. The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Eddy Duchin) composed by Harold Arlen lyrics by Ted Koehler in 1932.

28. Search my Heart (Chuck Willis) Composed by: Chuck Willis / H. Willis

30. Walkin’ Away with my Heart (Betty Hutton) Written by Tom Adair and Don R. George

32. Sing Song Swing (Ella Fitzgerald)  Composed by Hoagy Carmichael / Stanley Adams 1936.

34. The Best Things Happen While you’re Dancing (Danny Kaye) Composed by Irving Berlin.

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  1. Wow, that’s cool that the song titles link to the audio file avail for purchase! Let’s highlight that better!

    • I’m so excited about finding all those songs on Amazon to share the music with more people! I found almost all of them. I think there were three Amazon didn’t have. What fun, though!

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