As I missed the 40s, my first experience with swing was the 90’s revival with bands such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cherry Poppin Daddies and the Brian Setzer Orcherstra. There were still not many female leads, but there was a sexy duet between Brian Setzer and Gwen Steffani called “You’re the boss”. My favorite part was that after all the clever back-and-forth, I think Gwen finally comes out on top. Since this is a duet, you really should have a real partner for this dance. You could start with some classic swing moves before moving to the pole. Once there, the Pole Dance dictionary has couple of crazy suggestions for doubles climbs, inverts, and poses. With names like Death-K, these moves are not easy, so maybe just take turns during the alternating vocal parts.
The history of this song is also fascinating. It was originally written for LaVern Baker and Jimmy Ricks in 1961 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This might be my favorite version with Jimmy’s smooth barotone and LaVern’s powerful alto.
LaVerne Baker and Jimmy Ricks
The song was going to appear in Elvis Presley’s 1964 film “Viva Las Vegas” with Ann Margret, but was deemed TOO sexy. It must really be a good song. This would be a good opportunity to gyrate those hips Elvis-style.
Elvis Presley and Ann Margret
Brian Setzer and Gwen Steffani never recorded a video for “You’re the Boss” but thankfully we have Cassandra Wild-Logren. This just shows that if you can’t find a partner, just lip-sync both parts your self.
Brian Setzer and Gwen Steffani