We danced the jitterbug to Count Basie, the Lindy and the Big Apple to Cab Calloway, and the Half Time Texas Hop to Duke Ellington.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Then at one P.M. they played the Apollo theme song, "I Think You’re Wonderful," and the bands would bust loose, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Jordan, Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstine.
James McBride -- The Color of Water
I start the record and before halfway Count Basie is already winning.
Athol Fugard -- Master Harold...and the Boys
Give her a ten-second start and then let Count Basie go.