"he always picked out some song that's hard to whistle even if you're a good whistler, like 'Song of India' or 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.'"

"The Song of the Indian Guest" (from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko), was popularized as "Song of India" by Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra.  

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The Song of the Indian Guest by Rimsky-Korsakov

Song of India by Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra



"Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" is a ballet within a musical comedy, Richard Rodgers' On Your Toes.  Choreographed by George Ballanchine, the ballet describes the story of a dancer who falls for a dance hall girl, only to see her shot and killed by her jealous boyfriend, who he in turn shoots and kills.  This rendition by James Last & his Orchestra is 70s psychedelic. The suits, the hair, my god.


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