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02 January 2024

Rod Stewart & Jools Holland Rework ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”: Listen

Rod Stewart and Jools Holland
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Sir Rod Stewart and Jools Holland have shared their take on Fats Waller’s swing classic Ain’t Misbehavin’, their second offering from the exquisite upcoming album Swing Fever.

Swing Fever is out on 23 February and will be available on black vinyl, coloured vinyl, CD & digital.

pre-order Rod Stewart & Jools Holland’s ‘Swing Fever’ here

Jools explains, “Fats is another example of somebody who delivers a popular song, and you can’t quite work out what he’s done. It’s treated so lightly, but it’s so clever.”

Swing Fever is the realisation of conversations between Rod and Jools that began in the pandemic years, and of Rod’s dream of making an album of the songs that were, in many ways, the rock’n’roll of their day.

“I’d already started making a swing album, but it didn’t turn out how I wanted it,” explains Rod. “It was more Frank Sinatra than it was Louis Prima, let’s say. So I cancelled that, and then I realised the guy I should go to is Jools. Also, our fanatical model railway enthusiasm bonded us together. So we started recording.”

Jools sums up the spontaneous pleasures of recording Swing Fever: “The effect that this music has on me, and whenever I put it on where people are, they feel this thing, they want to move. Music is an expression of a lot of different things, and joy is an important part of what it does. You can feel the joy in this music, and it’s unashamed joy as well.”

Swing Fever tracklisting
1. Lullaby Of Broadway
2. Oh Marie
3. Sentimental Journey
4. Pennies From Heaven
5. Night Train
6. Love Is The Sweetest Thing
7. Them There Eyes
8. Good Rockin’ Tonight
9. Ain’t Misbehavin’
10. Frankie And Johnny
11. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
12. Almost Like Being In Love
13. Tennessee Waltz

pre-order Rod Stewart & Jools Holland’s ‘Swing Fever here

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