Cow Cow Boogie – 1954

Ella Mae Morse

The swing vocalist sings her big hit

Click here to Support Jazz on the Tube

Ella Mae Morse (1924-99) was a well-rounded jazz and swing singer who gained initial fame singing with Freddie Slack’s Orchestra in the mid-1940s.

Her big hit was “Cow Cow Boogie,” a song that was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald for the Abbott & Costello movie “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” but was cut out of the film.

Morse’s 1942 recording with Slack was very popular, and she regularly performed “Cow Cow Boogie” (with lyrics co-written by Benny Carter) for the next 20 years.

This rare television appearance from 1954 features the 30-year-old singer performing on a show hosted by Liberace.

-Scott Yanow


Click here to Support Jazz on the Tube