Europe is filled with castles, so many they’re sometimes taken for granted. Unless you’re from outside of Europe, where castles are a rare thing.
So it comes as no surprise that they were not a common subject in American Swing tunes.
As a professional DJ for 13+ years, I’ve collected and researched a ridiculously large number of songs. Exactly how many?
And how many of those were about ‘castles’?
But man, what a tune! And from a great artist too. To introduce him, take a look at who he played with:
- Duke Ellington
- Chick Webb
- Willie “The Lion” Smith
- Sidney Bechet
These giants of Swing share one common thing — they all asked Johnny Hodges to join their band. But he didn’t just join them; he took their entire band to school, instantly becoming a stand-out soloist.
He was so incredible that he played for the great Duke Ellington during the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s — up until one week before his surprise demise. So if you’ve read this far, you’ve guessed that Johnny Hodges is the creator of:
The (Castle) Song You Need
* urbandictionary.com (always bastions of accuracy) defines bazillion as “more than a million or billion, an unimaginable number”
** ‘one’ is the number of castle songs I’ll spin regularly. Frank Sinatra & Harry James also do a “Castle Rock” with lyrics.
Got a castle tune I might not know? Drop in a comment!