Archives of Early Lindy Hop

  Vintage Videos
  Instructional Videos

First Generation:
Shorty George
Leroy Stretch Jones
Twistmouth George

The Golden Age:
Whitey's Lindy Hprs.
Sandra Gibson
George Grenidge
Leon James

The Call of the Jitterbug

Documentary 1988 
Jesper Sorensen, Vibeke Winding, and Tana Ross. 
Produced by Green Room Productions. 

35 min. sd. color with black and white sequences.

Ann Johnson
Dorothy  Johnson
Norma Miller
Al Minns
Frankie Manning
Billy Ricker
Willa Mae Ricker
Russell Williams

 After Seben
The Big Apple
Call Of The Jitterbug
Can't Top the LHop
Cootie Williams
Day At The Races 
Chicago &
All That Jazz 
Frankie Manning
 Instructional Videos 
Hot Chocolates 
Jammin'the Blues 
Jittering Jitterbugs
Killer Diller 
Malcolm X 
Queen of Swing
Radio City Revels
The Spirit Moves

The Call of the Jitterbug, which takes its name from the Cab Calloway song, is one the best documentaries of Lindy Hop produced so far.  It includes oral history interviews with Norma Miller, Frankie Manning, and other dancers and musicians including Dizzy Gillespie.  It contains  excellent old footage, including most of the clips listed in this archive. It has more clips from Mura Dehn's  The Spirit Moves than any other documentary. 

    The Call of the Jitterbug is available through the Filmakers Library and costs a lot-- around $200! Try to interest your local library or your swing society in ordering it or look into renting it for a group event.


Margaret Batiuchok
David Thorton Carnes-Butts
Darlene Chandler
Congaroo Dancers
Bill Dillard
Sandra Gibson
Richard Harris
Delilah Jackson
Roe Edward Johonson
George Lloyd
The Mama Lu Parks Dancers
Frankie Manning
Norma Miller

Mama Lu Parks
Sugar Sullivan-Niles
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers
Deborah Youngblood

Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning (C)1995,1996,1997. May be reproduced only with explicit written permission.
Last updated:11 August 2011   .Send your suggestions, corrections or comments to