Fashion in Song – Shiny Stockings (1958)

Count Basie recorded Shiny Stockings in 1956 and released the instrumental piece on his 1957 album April in Paris, but its the 1958 recording with Ella Fitzgerald singing the lyrics she wrote for the song that is especially nice:

Those silk shiny stockings

That I wear when I’m with you

I wear ’cause you told me

That you dig that crazy hue

 

Do we feel the romance

When we go to the dance

Oh no, you take a glance

At those shiny stockings

 

Then came along some chick

With great big stockings, too

When you changed your mind about me

Why, I never knew

 

I guess I’ll have to find

A new, a new kind

A guy who digs my shiny stockings, too

Then came along some chick

With great big stockings, too

When you changed your mind about me

Why, I never knew

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.

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