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Music for the Shim Sham Tap Dances

Where to buy downloadable MP3's and CD's of tap dancing music suitable for specific tap dancing steps, levels, and routines.

MP3 Downloads of Shim Sham Music

Leonard Reed's Original 32 Bar Riff Shim Sham Shimmy Music

Features the song "It Ain't What You Do" in several versions, including without the sound of taps and at speeds of 128, 140, 150, 164, 176 beats per minute, and with taps at speeds of 144, 164, and 176 beats per minute. This link goes to the MP3 downloads at but the album is also available at iTunes and other sources.

MP3 Download of "Leonard Reed's Original Shim Sham" Album

Classic Songs for Leonard Reed's Original Shim Sham Shimmy

Album featuring two songs suitable for dancing the shim sham shammy: "When the Cat's Away" and "Good Good Goody". Several versions of each songs are included: slow speed, medium speed, fast speed, and fast speed with vocals. There is also a "Good Good Goody" slow version with only the sound of taps.
- MP3 Download of "Classic Songs for Shim Sham Shimmy" at

Traditional Songs for Dancing the Shim Sham

SONG TITLE: T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)
DESCRIPTION: First recorded in 1939 by Jimmie Lunceford, Harry James, and Ella Fitzgerald.
- Ella Fitzgerald "T'aint What You Do" YouTube Video (vocals)
- Jimmie Lunceford "T'aint What You do" YouTube Video (instrumental)
- Wikipedia "T'aint What You Do" Article

SONG TITLE: Tuxedo Junction
DESCRIPTION: Song co-written by Erskine Hawkins, Bill Johnson, and Julian Dash. First introduced by the college dance band known as the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (formerly known as the Bama State Collegians). An instrumental verison of the song performed by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra was a top hit in 1940.
- YouTube "Tuxedo Junction" Video
- Wikipedia "Tuxedo Junction" Article

SONG TITLE: Turkey in the Straw
DESCRIPTION: American folk song from the early 1800's
- YouTube "Turkey in the Straw" Video
- Wikipedia "Turkey in the Straw" Article

Songs With "Shim Sham" in the Title

SONG TITLE: Shim Sham Song
PERFORMED BY: Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
- YouTube "Shim Sham Song" Video

SONG TITLE: Shim Sham Shimmy
PERFORMED BY: Champion Jack Dupree
- YouTube "Shim Sham Shimmy" Video

More Songs for Dancing the Shim Sham

SONG TITLE: Stompin' at the Savoy
PERFORMER: Benny Goodman Orchestra
- YouTube "Stompin at the Savoy" Video

SONGTITLE: Penssylvania 6-5000
PERFORMER: Brian Setzer Orchestra
YouTube "Pennsylvania 6-5000" Video

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