Wayne’s Music 11/12 May 2013. 1940 originals.
‘ Make Love With A Guitar’ – Jimmy Mesene and Al Bowlly.
‘ Make Believe Island’ – Mitchell Ayres and His Fashions In Music, with Mary Ann mercer on vocals, in 1940 when escapism was a popular theme in music.
‘Frenesi’ – Artie Shaw orchestra.
‘Bell Bottom Trousers’ – Tony Pastor orchestra with Ruth McCullogh on vocals.
‘Saturday Night Is The loneliest Night of The Week – pianist Frankie Carle scored a top ten hit with this in 1945.
‘You Made me Love You’ - Harry James Orchestra – the trumpet player who came from a circus family.
‘Showboat Shuffle’ – Duke Ellington in 1941
‘Why Don’t You Do Right’ – Peggy Lee
‘One For My Baby’ - Lena Horne
‘Igor’ - one from the small groups category. This features Woody Herman’s Woodchoppers with trumpeter Shorty Rogers arrangement. .
‘Get On Board Little Children’ – Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack’s band.
‘Don’t Fence Me In’ – Bing Crosby And The Andrews Sisters
‘I Wonder What happened To Him’ – Noel Coward.
‘It’s D’Loverly’/ Underneath The Arches’ – Frances Day (one of the Golden Girls of the 30s) and Bud Flanagan.
‘Friendship’ - the zany Cole Porter number done in 1920s style by Kay Kyser’s band with Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt, Jack Martin and Ish Kabibble in the vocal section.
‘The Hut-Sut Song’ – The King Sisters – Alyce, Donna, Louise and Yvonne broke into the music business with the Horace Heidt Band
‘It’s Only A paper Moon’ - Benny Goodman with his 9th Top Ten hit in the 40s with vocalist Dottie Reid..
Wayne’s Music Sunday 12 May 2013. 1940s PART ONE
‘Dear Hearts And Gentle People’ – Dinah Shore sings those words scribbled by Stephen Foster which were expanded into a song by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard in 1949.
‘Rump Steak Serenade’ – Fats Waller with a 1941 recording.
‘The Thing-Ummy-Bob’ – Gracie Fields with a touching tribute to all the women (and men) who immediately jumped in to help win a war against oppression and cruelty.
‘I’d Climb The Highest Mountain’ – The Inkspots, with a wonderful performance by lead tenor Bill Kenny.
Three men On Third’ - Gene Krupa’s small group working in New York in 1945
‘Where or When’ – The Dinning Sisters – Lucille and the twins, jean and Ginger had four or five hits in the 40s, but never really matched the success of The Andrews Sisters with their musical energy and rhythmic drive.
‘I’m Confessin’ – Perry Como
‘I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With me’ – Anita O’day, one of the stand-out band singers of the roaring 40s.
‘On behalf Of The Visiting Firemen’ - Bing Crosby With Johnny Mercer -
‘Polka Dots And Moonbeams’ – Frank Sinatra in the days when he was working with TommyDorsey..
‘Cocktails For Two’ -Carl Grayson out front for the City Slickers with the Hiccup Chorus that made this a smash hit in 1945
‘Heartaches’ – Ted Weems – bit of a one hit wonder really, even though he had Perry Como and Marilyn Maxwell in his singigng lineup – featuring whistling Elmo Tanner
‘My Dreams Are getting Better All The Time’ - a #1 from the Abbott And Costello film comedy In Society by Les Brown’s band.
Amor’ - another Movie tune that did well in 1944 – this came from the film Broadway Rhythm in 1944 with vocalist Carmen Castillo working with Xavier Cugat’s Orchestra.
‘A Hundred Years From Today’ – The Jack Teagarden band
‘I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues’ – Lena Horne with a song that came from the Broadway Show, Earl Carroll’s Vanities in 1932
‘Rockin’ In Rhythm’ - - lives on, , as an essential piece of not just the Duke Ellington catalog, but of Jazz history. This is Charlie Barnett’s version.
‘Tuxedo Junction’ – Harry James and his sextet – he called them a bunch of kids with so much spirit he wanted to be up on the bandstand all the time, blowing his trumpet.
That Old Black Magic’ – Caroll Gibbons , the pianist/arranger/composer from Massachusetts who made his music in Britain after studying at The Royal Academy of Music
‘Start Off Each Day With A Song’ – Jimmy Durante & Eddie Jackson –
‘There’s No You’ – Jo Stafford – or G I Jo as she was known to the troops in the second world war