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Wayne's Music 3/4 September 2011. The 1930s.

Rockin' Chair That's Hoagy Carmichael's first major song with his own lyrics;

Change Partners Fred Astair, always regarded by the composers as one of the most intelligent interpreters of a good lyric - this one of course was written by Irving Berlin. Ten Little Miles From Town Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Orpheans. Gibbons did a couple of stints at the Savoy in London, one in the early thirties where he was Musical Co-Director. And again from 1940 where he remained as Musical Director until his death in 1954. Anne Lenner sings on this 1939 pressing.
LazyRiver Louis Armstrong blowing hot and strong in 1931.
Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl Bessie Smith, the Empress Of The Blues by virtue of her forceful vocal delivery and command of a song.
You Must have Been A Beautiful Baby Dorothy Carless with Sam Costa - both popular vocalists with a host of British Big bands in the 30s and 40s.
Oh ma ma The Andrews Sisters - were everywhere in the 1930s - backing Big name singers of the day, starring in films, and churning out recordings like this one.
Too Too Train Blues Big Bill Broonzy - through the 30s and 40s successfully navigated the transition in styles to a more urban blues sound popular with white audiences. What A perfect Combination They didn't come much bigger than Eddie Cantor in the 20s and 30s.
These Foolish Things Billie Holiday worked with them all in the 1930s, including saxophonist Lester Young.
Les gars De La Marine The Comedy Harmonists, an internationally famous all-male German close-harmony ensemble (five singers plus a pianist) .
You Can't Do That 'Ere The Jack Hylton Orchestra , probably the largest showband in Europe throughout the 30s decade.
Two Tickets To Georgia Ben Pollack and Jack Teagarden - a couple of masters who played together in a host of bands.
Where or When Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman - with one of my favourite versions of the old song …
You're Driving Me Crazy Josephine Baker the first black female entertainer to break through racial prejudice in Europe and The United States.
You're Not The Only Oyster In The Stew The high spirited, zesty fats Waller - rattled off more than 450 compositions including several well-known standards.
Air On A G String The London Symphony orchestra - the first independent, self-governing orchestra in Britain, gave it's inaugural concert in 1904, and was the first British Orchestra to tour abroad when it visited Paris in 1906.

Wayne's Music Sunday 4 September 2011. The 1930s. PART ONE

So The Bluebirds and The Blackbirds When The United States entered World War One, Paul Whiteman secured a post as musical director with The Navy, organizing a 40 piece band that was the precursor of his later civilian groups.
Nobody Loves A fairy When She's Forty Tessie O'Shea (larger than life in all senses of the word). They called her "The Wonder Of Wales".
Something Came And Got me In The Spring Leslie Holmes and Elsie Carlisle.
Swing Me A Lullaby Connie Boswell after she broke away from the sisters. A wonderful entertainer considering she sang from her wheelchair for her entire career.
The Toy Trumpet Raymond Scott Quintet - the world grew up listening to the melodies of Raymond Scott in the cartoons Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner and other Warner Brother's madcaps.

PART TWO.

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With me Louis Armstrong continued to develop his playing through the turmoil of Tin Pan Alley, the gangster-ridden music business, as well as anti-black prejudice.
Somebody's Thinking Of You Tonight Sam Browne
The Angels Sing the sweet sounds of the 1930s with vocalist Pat taylor a regular performer with some of the popular bands of the day.
Come Easy Go Easy Sunny Clapp And His band O Sunshine. The trombone, clarinet and alto-sax player recorded 20 sides with his band over a two year period.
Oh Mo-Nah Roy Fox the "Whispering Cornetist" started out with his small band in Sanata Monica, before moving to Britain for a very successful recording career and residency at the new Monseigneur restaurant in London.
A Man And His Dreams Al Bowlly who recorded well over a thousand tracks in his lifetime.
Boogie Woogie Sy Oliver's tune opened the floodgates - and soon there were boogie-woogie tunes, recorded and printed, of many different stripes.
Blue Yodel #8 Jimmie Rodgers, the singing brakeman - or America's Blue Yodeler as he was often called.
Bill Helen Morgan's high, thin and somewhat wobbly voice seemed to suit her torch singer approach.
Knock Knock Who's There Fletcher Henderson with Don Redman established the formula for swing music.
Dinah Bing Crosby with the Mills brothers.
When Day Is Done Mildred Bailey who had terrible health problems at the height of her career.
Water Boy Paul Robeson the epitome of the 20th Century Renaissance man - a revered man of his time, yet his radical political beliefs all but erased him from popular history.
The Joint is Jumpin Fats Waller
My Kid's A Crooner Manchurian, Elsie Carlisle, the very popular band singer of the 20s and 30s, who retired from the business in 1946.
When My Ship Comes In the phenomenal star of stage, screen, radio, and television … Eddie Cantor could do the lot.