||Here's one of Norma Miller's recollections,
the story of Whitey's
Lindy Hoppers' transatlantic trip enroute to their first European
"The worst part was the music. Up until then we had
danced mostly at the Savoy, and we knew all the bands, all the musicians,
all the music, all the solos, and all the riffs. Even at the Harvest Moon
Ball, our first dance outside the Savoy, we danced to Fletcher Henderson's
swing band. But this, this was different. The band, a small, four-piece
British combo, had no concept of swing. The drummer had a rickety, ticky
sound with no push and no beat. We didn't even know that there was popular
music that didn't swing. It was appalling...We realized that we were at
the mercy of whatever band we were working with. Dancing the Lindy Hop
was a very emotional thing, and a good swinging drummer could make you
sail through a routine, you never got tired because everything was in synch.
But this, this was a dance trial."