G.I. Jive

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"G.I. Jive"
Single by Johnny Mercer
Released 1944 (1944)
Genre R&B
Writer(s) Johnny Mercer

"G.I. Jive" is a 1944 song written and originally performed by Johnny Mercer.[1] The single was a hit twice in 1944 by two different performers: Johnny Mercer hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for one week and peaked at number thirteen on the pop charts.[2] Three months later, Louis Jordan, also made it to number one on both the Harlem Hit Parade and the pop chart with "G.I. Jive".[3] The B-side to Jordan's version, "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby", was also a successful release.

The song was the biggest hit of all the songs dealing with soldier life during World War II.[4]

Deana Martin recorded “G.I. Jive” on her 2013 album Destination Moon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.  Tape 1, side A.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 395. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 309. 
  4. ^ Jones, John Bush (2006). The Songs That Fought the War. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England. p. 114. ISBN 1584654430. 
Preceded by
"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" by Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
Billboard Harlem Hit Parade number-one single (Johnny Mercer version)
January 22, 1944
Succeeded by
"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" by Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
Preceded by
"Straighten Up and Fly Right" by The King Cole Trio
Billboard Harlem Hit Parade number-one single (Louis Jordan version)
July 15, 1944
August 26, 1944
Succeeded by
"Till Then" by The Mills Brothers
"Hamp's Boogie Woogie" by Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra

Related topic[edit]

  • GI Jive AFRS radio program by the same name