The Pearly Shells specalize in music from the Swing Jazz period of the 1940’s to late 50’s, the time of the Iconic Jazz Big bands of Ellington ,Basie and Frank Sinatra, the small combos of Nat King Cole, Louie Jordan and Ray Charles and the great jazz vocalists like Billie Holiday, Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Peggy Lee.
You can hear some examples of this style of music on the 7 albums we have released and find more material we play in the songlists provided below.
Below are a small selection of songs samples followed by our songlists.
Minnie the Moocher – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
Straighten up and Fly right – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
It Don’t mean a thing… – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
There ain’t nobody here but us chickens – The Pearly Shells Hot 6
The very thought of you – The Pearly Shells Big band
Blue skies – The Pearly Shells Big band
My Baby just cares for me – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
The 3 little Bops – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
Save the last dance for me – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
School days – The Pearly Shells Quartet
Tequila – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
The Hully Gully twist – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
My Girl – The Pearly Shells Hot 5
Boogie Woogie Country Girl – The Pearly Shells Hot 6
But that’s not all we do….
In the Pearly Shells we love to play a wide range of “Roots” based music including;
- 50’s Rock and Roll (Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Elvis)
- 60’s Soul and Funk ( Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Booker T, Wilson Picket, James Brown)
- Jump Electric Blues ( BB King, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howling Wolf, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones)
Once people are on the dancefloor making requests we have been known to play everything from Johnny Cash to Johnny Rotten and Bob Marley to Bob Dylan to the Beatles and back!!
You can view and download our PDF song lists below