‘Sing, Sing Sing’: What is the song from last night’s NCIS?

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Maria Bello as NCIS Special Agent Jaqueline “Jack” Sloane on NCIS. Pic credit: CBS

A new episode of NCIS aired last night on CBS and it began with a musical number on a bus. Shown in the scene was the Navy’s most elite band that performs at diplomatic events around the world.

Depicted as a quiet night, one band member began tapping his drum sticks to a tune and the rest of the musical group began pulling out their instruments to play along.

Unfortunately for one of the clarinet players, he would end up dying later in the scene. Such is how the opening segments for NCIS play out, as the NCIS team has to have something to investigate.

What is the song from last night’s NCIS?

NCIS viewers watching closely may have been able to pick up the tune that the group was playing. It’s appeared in a number of period films, especially those dealing with World War II and it is called Sing, Sing, Sing.

Below is a video of Benny Goodman and his group performing the song many years ago. It was originally written by the famous Louis Prima and it is an instrumental song that can really get people to tap their toes.

The fact that they had the character on NCIS playing the clarinet may have been a nod to Benny Goodman being one of the people who played that instrument on the original recordings.

The song has been done by various other groups since it was first released, but the Benny Goodman version resides in the Grammy Hall of Fame. And that’s exactly where it should be.

At the end of Season 17, Episode 8, most of the NCIS cast was in attendance to watch the band perform on stage. As expected, they broke out in another version of Sing, Sing, Sing that everyone in attendance could enjoy.

It was just a quick moment, but it tied the episode together and paid homage to Benny Goodman and Louis Prima one more time.

The episode, called Musical Chairs, was a good one, but it could be considered filler for Season 17. There is just one more new episode before the winter finale, which is one that viewers do not want to miss.

NCIS airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on CBS.

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