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Wayne’s Music 24/25 August 2013.  Back to the boogie years of the 40s.

‘Dream A Little Dream Of me’            Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong  -

‘Feelin’ High And Happy’         here’s the Queen Of Big band Swing, Helen Ward, who sang professionally from the age of 16, making her first recordings with Benny Goodman, and attaining the celebrity status of full time vocalist on his “Let’s Dance” Radio Show. 

‘ Ain’t Gonna Study War No More’             the well rehearsed, immaculately dressed Jimmie Lunceford band playing with a distinctive easy swing.  The Dandrige Sisters take the vocal on this old traditional number.  

‘ Manhattan’                   here’s a wonderful Rodgers and Hart song from the duo’s first major success – The Garrick Gaieties which played to packed houses in the 20s. 

‘Smokey Mountain Boogie’                Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1948 about the time he was a radio announcer.

‘ Play A Simple melody’           Jo Stafford with her 40s version of the Irving Berlin number

‘My Happiness’              here’s a 1948 original from John and Sondra Steele that brought success to a whole lot of singers.

‘Mixed Emotions’           Rosemary Clooney working with Percy Faith’s orchestra at the end of the 40s into the 50s.

‘I Don’t Know Why’                Nat King Cole signed up his trio with Capitol records in 1943 – a smart move – because the hits really started for Nat, with Oscar Moore on guitar and Johnny Miller on double bass. 

‘All I Do Is Dream Of You’      Dinah Shore with Major Glenn Miller and The American Band Of The AEF (Allied Expeditionary Force) in 1944. 

‘La Mer’               here’s one of the most famous songs to come out of 1946 – from the Frenchman who dreamed of cottages and built palaces.

‘Humphrey Bogart Rhumba’     let’s do The Humphrey Bogart Rhumba – bet you haven’t heard this one for many moons – Betty Garrett recorded it with Harold Mooney’s Orchestra and The Crew Chiefs at the beginning of 1949. 

‘Rock me To Sleep’                 an old favourite now from The Les Brown band with singer Lucy Ann Polk.

‘Arthur Murray Taught me Dancing In A Hurry’     Helen O’Connell with The Jimmy Dorsey Band in 1941  …

‘Sing, Sing, Sing,’           – a signature tune from the man who was probably the most technically accomplished clarinettist to make a living from jazz … Benny Goodman.


Wayne’s Music Sunday 25th August 2013.   The Roaring 40s.  PART ONE.

‘Who’                   Tommy Dorsey  - one of the first jazz trombonists to convey meaning and intention with every note he played.

‘Bless Em All’         George Formby was at the height of his popularity in the 40s delighting civilians and service men and women alike with his subtle and not so subtle double entendres and pokes at pompous commanding officers – this is his 1940 version of the classic song for armed servicemen everywhere. 

‘The Moon Of Manakoora’                the sarong girl – Dorothy Lamour with her classic Hawaiin-theme tune provided by pianist, composer, and conductor Alfred Newman … it became a romantic favourite! 

‘When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful’        in 9 short years of recording Fats Waller became an International star – thank goodness he recorded so prolifically, because he died at 39 years of age in December 1943

‘I Found A New baby’    Charlie Christian with Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang – Count Basie’s on piano with Jo Jones on drums. 


‘I’m Always Chasing Rainbows’        Helen Forrest was admired as the most versatile of female American band vocalists …

‘Everything Happens To me’    from that debonaire “man-about-town” Jack Buchanan.

‘It Had To be You’         this is a 1944 treatment of the Gus Kahn and Isham Jones perennial favourite  by Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel orpheans with singer Julie Dawn. 

‘Rock It Boogie    Lillian Hardin Armstrong – the most prominent woman in early jazz.  She was Louis Armstrong’s second wife and a major contributor to his Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings

‘Them There Eyes’         Peggy Lee with her husband Dave Barbour’s band – in 1947. 

‘With A Song In My Heart’       Perry Como sings in the 1948 MGM Film production of Words And Music.

‘MacPherson is Rehearsin’       here’s another masterpiece from Queen Ella ,…

‘Half As Much’     the version that became the biggest seller was recorded by Rosemary Clooney for the Top 40 market. 

‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’   Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters got together on a number of occasions in the recording studios – and it was this 1949 pressing of a song that had been associated with singing cowboys which helped establish it as the standard we know today. 

‘That’s What The Well-Dressed Man In Harlem Will Wear’                 Fats Waller with an Irving Berlin song designed to tap into Black America’s war-time patriotism. 

‘La Cigale et La Fourmi (The Cicada and The Ant) – a song inspired by the writer of fables Jean De La Fontaine, showcasing the talents of The Quintette Du Hot Club De France and a swinging vocal from Charles Trenet.                

‘Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep’   husband and wife team now Larry Parks and Betty Garrett.

‘Too Much Mustard’      les Brown – the leader of a first class jazz and pop band, who for over 60 years gave so much listening pleasure to so many.  This time Teresa Brewer is out front … 

‘I’m Gonna Get Lit Up’            Joe Loss with singer Elizabeth Batey. 

‘Here’s love In Your Eye’         Teddy Wilson’s band  - big or small – he was the key member of lots of bands backing a host of singers

‘Dark Town Strutters’ Ball’       Benny Goodman.