Jumpin' Jive

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"Jumpin' Jive" (also known as "(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive") is a famous jazz/swing composition, written by Cab Calloway, Frank Froeba and Jack Palmer.[1] Originally recorded on 17 July 1939, on Vocalion Records, it sold over a million copies and reached #2 on the Pop chart.[2][1][3] Calloway performs the song with his orchestra and the Nicholas Brothers in the 1943 musical film Stormy Weather.[4]

Joe Jackson version[edit]

"Jumpin' Jive"
Jumpin' Jive - Joe Jackson.jpg
Single by Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive
from the album Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive
B-side"Knock Me a Kiss"
ReleasedJune 1981
Format7" vinyl
GenreJump blues, swing revival
Songwriter(s)Cab Calloway, Frank Froeba, Jack Palmer
Producer(s)Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive singles chronology
"One to One"
"Jumpin' Jive"
"Real Men"

"Jumpin' Jive" was covered by new wave artist Joe Jackson (under the band name Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive) on his 1981 album of the same name. The album, originally conceived as "a few pub gigs for a laugh," also featured other jump-blues tracks, including Calloway's "We the Cats (Shall Hep Ya)."[5]

After its release on Jumpin' Jive, Jackson's version was later released as a single, where it charted at #43 in Britain.[6]


Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 61
New Zealand Singles Chart 32
UK Singles Chart[8] 43

Other covers[edit]

It has been recorded notably by The Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.[9]


  1. ^ a b Noronha, Savio (1964). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ "Cab Calloway Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF, US & UK hits charts.
  3. ^ Papa, Christopher. "Cab Calloway Biography". Archived from the original on 10 March 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Jumpin' Jive" (video) sung by Cab Calloway and danced by Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather (1943)
  5. ^ Jackson, Joe. "Jumpin' Jive". joejackson.com.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 151. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Official Charts > Joe Jackson". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Jumpin' Jive" at AllMusic.com

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