Woodchopper's Ball

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"Woodchopper's Ball", also known as "At the Woodchopper's Ball"[1] is a 1939 jazz composition by Joe Bishop and Woody Herman. The up-tempo blues tune in D-flat major was the Woody Herman Orchestra's biggest hit, as well as the most popular composition of either composer, selling a million records.[2]

The tune has been performed by numerous artists and is considered a jazz standard. It is included in the first volume of Hal Leonard's Real Book.[3] The original recording by Woody Herman and His Orchestra received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2002.[4]

Twistin' at the Woodchopper's Ball written by Ronn Metcalfe was a 1962 hit based on Herman's song which attained a Gold Album status.


  1. ^ Woody Herman biography at Allmusic - retrieved on 25 May 2009
  2. ^ William Emmett Studwell and Mark Baldin: The Big Band Reader: Songs Favored by Swing Era Orchestras and Other Popular Ensembles. Haworth Press, 2000. ISBN 0-7890-0914-5. p. 158
  3. ^ The Real Book, Volume I, sixth edition. Hal Leonard. ISBN 0-634-06038-4. p. 447
  4. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame Awards at grammy.com - retrieved on 25 May 2009

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