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One of Duke Ellington's signature compositions, this tune has been recorded by numerous artists and is one of the defining works of the swing era. Duke's most listened to recording of this classic was made in February of 1932 with Ivie Anderson on the vocal. The trumpet section and trombone section used plunger mutes to perfection to create the "do wot" effect on the answer to the verse "It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing." A durable song that is still played by the big bands of today, the tune is a must for proper education for the young jazz band. --Bill Huff 03:36, April 15, 2007 (EDT)