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Wayne’s Music 22/23 September 2012.  The Flirty Thirties.

After You’ve Gone                    Al Jolson (the highest paid entertainer in his prime) with the 1918 song which became the basis for many other jazz standards – written by Turner Layton and Henry Creamer. 

The Merry Go Round Broke Down                   Russ Morgan was a major arranger and composer in the '30s, '40s, and '50s, he led an extremely successful orchestra. The songs were simple, coy, and often embarrassingly contrived, but radio audiences loved them.

 Nobody’s Sweetheart                         Cab Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United States' most popular African American big bands from the start of the 1930s through the late 1940s. 

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands             Marian Anderson was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. She spent the early 1930s touring throughout Europe where she did not encounter the racial prejudices she had experienced in America. 

The Clouds Will Soon Roll By                    Peter Skellern with his 1982 version of the old 30s song …just one of many classics written by Henry MacGregor Woods , the Tin Pan Alley composer and pianist despite the fact that he was born with no fingers on his left hand. 

These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You            Helen Ward sings with the Benny Goodman band in 1936. 

 Lover                                            Greta Keller, Austrian born singer and Hollywood actress.  Greta's singing in what some call "a style reminiscent of Marlene Dietrich" comes from the fact she was the model for how Marlene Dietrich developed her own voice. 

The Dark Town Strutters                 George Wettling’s Chicago Rhythm Kings …

 I Like A Guy What Takes His Time                    Mae West … here she is the woman who said.  “When I’m good, I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad I’m better”.  “A Dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up”.  and “ A Hard Man is good to find”. …

Ring Dem Bells            Duke Ellington became one of the most influential artists in the history of recorded music, and is largely recognized as one of the greatest figures in the history of jazz, though his music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, movie soundtracks, popular, and classical. Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and in part to his refined public manner and extraordinary charisma, he is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an artistic level on par with that of classical music. 

There Ought To be Moonlight Savings Time            Guy Lombardo from from his essential collection. 

A Little Bit Independent                           fats Waller with another example of why he was one of the giants of jazz.

No regrets                                When Billie Holiday started to get more recognition, she would record under her own name. In this first session on July 10 1936 it became Billie Holiday and her Orchestra. Her sidemen were Bunny Berigan trumpet, Artie Shaw clarinet, Joe Bushkin piano, Dick McDonough guitar, Pete Peterson bass and Cozy Cole drums.

My Baby Just cares For Me                  Jack Payne The British Danceband leader who knew exactly how to Say It With Music.

Tiger rag                                            Mills Brothers.  The Tiger Rag became a standard, with over 136 cover versions by 1942 alone.

Medley There’s A Small Hotel/I’ve Got You Under My Skin/Head Over Heels/Pennies From heaven/Who Loves You                          Charlie Kunz, an American-born jazz band leader and pianist, reached the height of his career in England. He was the highest paid pianist in the world in his day, earning about a thousand quid a week.  He broadcast frequently, made hundreds of records and was top of the bill at music halls throughout the British Isles.

Wayne’s Music Sunday 23 September 2012.  The flirty thirties.  PART ONE.

 I Only have Eyes For You            Ben Selvin from his finest hour collection. 

In A Little Gypsy Tearoom          Bob Crosby, who was known for trying to incorporate elements of traditional jazz within a big band framework

Can The Circle Be Unbroken                  The most influential group in country music history, the Carter Family switched the emphasis from hillbilly instrumentals to vocals, made scores of their songs part of the standard country music canon, and made a style of guitar playing, "Carter picking," the dominant technique for decades.   

Goodnight My Love                      Ella Fitzgerald   


Lady Of Spain                           Ray Noble, arrived in the United States from Britain in 1934 riding on the reputation he had built up through his British recordings, His American output was not as consistent as his British releases, but he was lucky to have his vocalist Al Bowlly with him sduring the first year or two of his American band-leading career.

Pra Voce Gostar De Min              Carmen Miranda, the Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, known for her signature fruit hat outfits

memories Of You                            Louis Armstrong        

The Object Of My Affection              Boswell Sisters  with a song that was introduced in the 1935 MGM drama  “Times Square Lady” … this was the sisters sole US #1.

The Carioca                  Enric Madriguera was at one time the lead violinist at Boston’s Symphony orchestra before he became the conductor of the Cuban Philharmonic … and by the 1940s was dubbed the “Ambassador of Music To All The Americas”.         

Swing It george medley            George Formby’s great gift was understanding the thoughts and feelings of ordinary people, and expressing them in a natural, spontaneous way.

Say It Isn’t So           George Olsen, the drummer and his Music were prolific recording artists and their records are among the most numerous found by record collectors today, testifying to their original popularity.

Mimi                     Maurice Chevalier, even though he was the most popular entertainer in France, he introduced  himself to American audiences through a number of successful Hollywood musicals, such as this 1932 film “Love Me Tonight”. 

We’re In The Money                 Dick Powell sings in The Gold Diggers film in 1933 – the phrase Old Man depression, you’re through may have been somewhat premature then, but enough people wanted to believe it to put this recording in the top 20 for at least a week. 

Steel Guitar Rag                    Bob Wills with his right hand man Leon McAuliffe on steel guitar in 1936.  McAuliffe also wrote the tune.

Life Is A Song           Ruth Etting the queen of the torch singers – slim, blonde and dramatic, America’s Sweetheart Of Song in the 20s and 30s had a delightful trademark of changing tempo halfway through a song. 

The Old House              Count John McCormack – yes he was made a Papal Count in 1928 – when he was one of the most popular tenor singers in the world.

Begin The Beguine                            Xavier Cugat, a classically trained violinist who conducted with his bow, was known in his lifetime as the Rumba King.

April In Paris               Freddy Martin

Cheek To Cheek                   Fred Astaire in Top Hat (the movie in the heyday of the musicals in the mid 30s).