Get a personalised letter from Santa

CD Review: The Kings and Queens of Swing

PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 June 2018

The Kings and Queens of Swing

The Kings and Queens of Swing


(Universal Music)

Hark back to an era of cocktails and Caddys, style and swing, with a collection of songs which crafted legends out of the artists who performed them.

Whether it’s the Chairman of the Board himself, Marilyn, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Nina Simone or anyone of the other household names which fill these discs, you can be guaranteed of one thing – quality.

The aftermath of the Second World War triggered a new confidence and creativity in both the UK and the US, with artists establishing themselves through definitive versions of songs which have since passed into musical mythology.

There’s an inherent glamour to these tunes, as their performers became stars of a golden age the likes of which modern musicians can only dream of, and yet they have stood the test of time in a way only truly remarkable combinations of song and singer can achieve.

A compendium of this calibre doesn’t come along very often, but when it does it deserves a place in any decent record collection.

More news stories

Carollers have sung at City station to raise money for St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield women’s refuges.


This year’s St Albans pantomime Cinderella opened last week. Matt Adams reviews The Alban Arena show.


The face of Govia Thameslink Railway has pledged a return to the service levels which existed before the timetable chaos which kicked off in May.


Police searched for a wanted man between Redbourn and St Albans this morning.

CountryPhile Zoo Watch

Most read stories

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy