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Wayne’s Music 14/15 April 2012.  1940s.

The Dambusters – March                 The English Chamber Orchestra with the theme for the 1954 British war epic written by the master of ballads and salon-music, Eric Coates.

Rumours Are Flying                Frankie Carle’s Orchestra with Marjorie Hughes on vocals – a #1 for 9 weeks in 1946 , probably Frankie Carle’s biggest hit – with his own daughter singing – he chose her from an anonymous demo disc, and got her to change her name to Marjorie Hughes.

Come Closer To me                Ronaldo Mazar sings with Edmundo Ros and His Rhumba Band – South American flavours were much in demand in the mid 40s.

The More I See You                  Carmen Cavallaro plays piano with his orchestra and the singer is Gloria Foster.                    

Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Ral      That’s an irish lullaby – a biggie in 1944 for Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Band – a revival of a sentimental Tin Pan Alley song of 1914.  it turned out to be Bing’s 11th Million seller.                                  

You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To        Hutch with the standard British version of Cole Porter’s song in 1943.   

Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat           Alan Kane is the singer with Eric Winstone’s Band in 1942. 

There Goes That Song Again  Anne Shelton when she started out recording in 1941, when she was still a teenager. 

Maybe                  The Ink Spots – somewhere in the early war years of the 40s there was always an Ink Spots record playing.  

When You Were sweet Sixteen           Perry Como with a song that was written in 1898 by one James Thornton, who was inspired by his wife, Bonnie, when she asked if he still loved her. Thornton replied, "I love you like I did when you were sweet sixteen.  

Give Me Five Minutes More     Tex Beneke out front of the Glenn Miller Band with a 40s favourite that just about everybody has sung at some time.

We’ll Meet Again             in 2000 she was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the twentieth century. Vera Lynn is the oldest living artist to make it to No. 1 on the British album chart, at the age of 92.

Near You             Francis Craig leading his orchestra from his piano – the singer is Bob Lamm.

Choo Choo Ch’Boogie            The Tympany Five led by the jive-talking Father Of Rhythm And Blues – one of the great musical showmen of the 20th Century Louis Jordan. 

One Meat Ball                The Andrews Sisters with their 1945 “moral tail in miniature” the original flip-side of the million seller “Rum And Coca-Cola”. 

The Trolley Song           Judy Garland with the song recorded on the movie set of Meet Me In St Louis in 1944

Brazil           Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians – America’s singing master scored a hit with this song in 1943 catering for the taste for the exotic at the time.       

Wayne’s Music Sunday 15 April 2012.  1940s.         PART ONE.

 You Made Me Love You           Harry James band  - with his superior sounding trumpet.  They called him “The Hawk” in the early days because of his ability to “sight-read” -  the joke at the time was that if a fly landed on his written music, he would play it. 

Oh Buddy I’m In Love           Nat Gonella and His new Georgians with vocal from the film starlet Stella Moya, who became Gonella’s second wife.                       

Faithful Forever           Carmen Lombardo with brother Guy of course … the Brothers with  LeBert and Victor billed themselves as creating "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven." The Lombardos are believed to have sold between 100 and 300 million records during their lifetimes.                                 

Ballerina              Vaughn Monroe, was sometimes called "the Baritone with Muscles", "the Voice with Hair on its Chest", "Ol' Leather Tonsils"  …

 The Gypsy            Sammy Kaye … your partners please, for “The Gypsy” by Mr Swing And Sway, Sammy Kaye.

 

PART TWO.

Alexander’s Ragtime band     Bing Crosby and Al Jolson – the only commercial disc collaboration between the two singing stars came in 1947 with that revival of the 1911 Irving Berlin ragtime classic. 

It Might As Well be Spring      this is the one durable song , an Academy Award winning number from the 1946 film musical “State Fair”.  The singer is Dick Haymes, the Argentine actor and a most popular crooner in the 1940s.

Tampico                June Christy working with Stan Kenton’s Band in 45 … the Misty Miss Christy was his star vocalist for several years before going solo in the 50s. 

 On The Sunny Side Of The Street      Tommy Dorsey with vocals from the Sentimentalists.             

 American Patrol             Glenn Miller’s band was the most popular on the planet in the 40s, and this recording certainly enhanced that reputation with a slick updating by Miller’s full-time arranger Jerry Gray of F W Meacham’s celebrated Military March to coincide with the US entry into the Second World War.                    

Lamplighter’s Serenade           Geraldo’s orchestra with George Evans on vocals.  Geraldo’s polished tones were an assuring sound on radio and the band traveled far and wide to entertain the British Troops. 

Down Forget me Not lane                  Flanagan and Allen were veterans of many 1930s revues and starred in a show called Black Vanities in 1941 – they had been responsible for such spirit raisers as “Hang Out The Washing On The Seigried Line” and “Run Rabbit Run” but settled for less jingoistic things as the decade wore on, like most other entertainers. 

Shake Down The Stars           The dark blue voice of Adelaide Hall – recorded in May of 1940. 

The Old Lamplighter               more swing and s way with Sammy Kaye on our w’end 40s lineup.         

The World Will Sing Again                 sweetly sung by a young Betty Driver, better known as Betty Turpin The Barmaid in Coronation Street, the Rovers Return's 'hotpot queen' and longest-serving barmaid.

 la Mer          Charles Trenet wrote his famous song in 1943 on a train, on loo paper supplied by The national  Corporation of French Railways.

Humoresque                  Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians play Dvorak in 1946.      

I’m Beginning To See The Light     Ella Fitzgerald and The Inkspots   - another of the great sides they cut together in 1945. 

It had To be You           Helen Forrest and Dick haymes with Victor Young’s band in 44. 

 I left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen                  Kenny Baker the tenor with Harry Sosnik’s Band … Baker was a bit of a silver screen heartthrob from California who started out in opera …

The Last Time I saw Paris       Tony Martin with Vic Young’s Band in 1940.