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Wayne’s Music 11/12 March 2012.  Tunes from the 1940s.

 Beat me Daddy Eight To The bar             Will Bradley with the first recorded version of the song in the year it was written, 1940.  Drummer and singer Ray McKinley coined the phrase when he asked his pianist Freddie Slack to give him a boogie beat, or “eight to the bar”. 

Whispering Hope                  Jo Stafford and Gordon McRae with a song that goes back to 1868.  This beautiful and popular hymn was written by a man named Septimus Winner.

In The Mood               Glenn Miller’s 1939 recording of the tune with a complicated history. 

Messin’ Around             Memphis Slim & The House Rockers, just one of the many jump blues bands he led. 

When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano The Ink Spots with a favourite recorded 72 years ago.

You Call Everybody Darlin’             a song that was first published in 1946.  American country singer K T Oslin selected it for her “Love In A Small Town album in 1990.      

 Sierra Sue                              Bing Crosby

 Manana                                   Peggy Lee, after a couple of years with Benny Goodman, she fell in love with his guitarist Dave Barbour, despite Benny’s rule that no-one should fraternize with the girl singer. 

All The Things You Are               Tommy Dorsey “the Sentimental Gentleman of Swing” had a run of 286 Billboard chart hits. The Dorsey band had seventeen number one hits with his orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s.

Twelfth Street rag                         Pee Wee Hunt with one of the most famous and best selling rags of the rag-time era.  It was THE Billboard single of 1948 and sold over three million copies, and its origins can be traced back to 1914.                    

There’ll be Some Changes Made               Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler –  probably about 1921 when it was first published.

Heartaches                               Ted Weems – with his band that was built around its singers.

The Band Played On  (also known as Casey Would Waltz with a Strawberry Blonde)                     Guy Lombardo with just one of the many songs he made famous – even though this one was written in 1895. 

Near You                      George Jones and Tammy Wynette.


Wayne’s Music Sunday 11 March 2012.  1940s.    PART ONE

Daddy                   a civil engineer turned musician, which is why the critics often chided his orchestra for sounding mechanical and uninventive.  Never-the-less,  Sammy Kaye enjoyed great popularity, the swing and sway way. 

Open The Door Richard                   Count Basie with one of the finest and most durable of all the great BIG bands. 

Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree       Andrews Sisters – it’s difficult to imagine a world without the songs of The Andrews Sisters who paved the way for many to follow. 

Bumble Boogie            in the 40s Freddy Martin scored several times with popular versions of classical pieces – this arrangement of Rimsky Korsakov’s “flight Of The Bumble Bee” tapped into the then vogue for boogie woogie.  

One O’Clock Jump                  Metronome All Stars – a who’s who of the big band days – Harry james, Ziggy Elman, Cootie Williams, Tommy Dorsey, J C Higginbotham, benny Goodman, Toots Mondello, benny carter, Coleman Hawkins, tex Beneke, Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Artie Bernstein and Buddy Rich …all in RCA Studio 2 in new York, January 1941. 


I’ve Heard That Song before              Harry James was once the featured trumpet player with Benny Goodman and other bands of the time before branching out on his own and going on to even greater success.

McNamara’s band             Bing Crosby … made the song famous in 1945. 

Some Enchanted Evening              Perry Como managed to get Roger’s and Hammerstein’s song from South Pacific on the charts –  which obviously did wonders for the box office as the Show started its more than five year run on Broadway.

Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition  Merry Macs with Frank Loesser’s song in response to the attack on Pearl Harbour  - in later years the expression has been used in a satirical manner.  T.

Give Me A Hundred Reasons   a chart one-timer in 1949 from Oklahoma’s Anne Jones.

 Paper Doll             one of the smoothest of all the pre-rock vocal groups – The Mills Brothers first sang together in 1922. 

Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well   Lucky Millinder with his greatest hit of all time, a number 1 Rhythm and Blues smash in June 1945.  Vocalist Wynonie Harris left Millinder’s band soon after recording this – they had a row over wages  - Millinder could not afford to subsidise Wynonies hard-drinking, womanizing partying life-style.   

Strip Polka               Kay Kyser …

Somebody Else Is Taking My Place        Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman.     

Rum And Coca Cola                   possibly the first of the calypso songs to eneter the chart (in 1945) …   Today we play Julio Inglesias’ version. 

You’d be So Nice To Come Home To                  Dinah Shore, one of the most popular American vocalists of her generation

Sentimental Journey                   Ames Brotherswith Les Brown in 1945.

When The Lights Go On Again                  vera Lynn, summing up all the hope and longing for families to be re-united after separation and hardship in those early years of the 40s. 

You Always Hurt The One You Love        Connie Francis with the song that has been around since the early 40s …

Give Me Five Minutes More    an early Sinatra classic from 1946. 

 I’ll be Seeing You              Martha Wainwright  

Into Each Life Some Rain Must fall          Ella and Inkspots