EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ: “DOO WACKA DOO”

Paul Whiteman, a popular band leader of the 20’s and 30’s, recorded Doo Wacko Doo in the 1920’s. Paul Whiteman was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This zany song is a perfect example of the JOY and FUN created by several talented musicians playing off of each other.




As the song builds, you can hear the “call-answer” style enhanced by some really talented musicians playing in unison, then these same characters will play some inspirational solos all driven by the rhythm of the singer’s vamping the song lyrics. This early recording’s structure formed the foundation of modern jazz compositions. The vocalist is having some special fun that is undeniable on this recording.

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Author: Matthew King Kaufman

Husband, Father, I founded and was the chief record producer of Beserkley Records. We had international hits and established the careers of Jonathan Richman, Greg Kihn, The Rubinoos, and Earth Quake. "In the 80's I witnessed the new digital technologies that would change music forever, and then I hoped to enable music lovers worldwide to enjoy more music with these new technologies. I founded Fun Fun Fun Recordings to make more “out of the box” recordings I’ve come to enjoy.