Cruising Down the River

Cruising Down the River, was written in 1945 by two women, Emily Beadell and Nell Tollerton. They entered their composition into a public songwriting contest in the UK and won. The song originally released by Lou Preager and his Orchestra featuring Paul Rich became one of the biggest hits on radio. Record and sheet music sales helped make it one of the biggest hits in the UK. In 1949, Russ Morgan released a version that lasted 22 weeks on the Billboard charts peaking at #1.

This month I have Russ Morgan’s version on my playlist and my participants love it. They know the words and sing along as they exercise.

Choreography tip: Grand gestures such as pretending to conduct an orchestra with both arms work well in this song specifically in the instrumental section.