William James "Count" Basie was born on this day in 1904. He formed his orchestra in 1935, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement. He led his orchestra for over 50 years, and a number of notable sidemen and singers worked with him over that time. Our first date as a married couple was to see Count Basie and Sarah Vaughan at the Park West in Chicago. Basie and his orchestra recorded "Jumping At The Woodside" first in 1938, and it became one of their signature songs.
Whenever "Gene Gene, The Dancing Machine" would appear on The Gong Show, he would dance to this.