Wayne’s Music 5/6 October 2013. 1940s.
‘To Each His own’ one from 1946 – The Modernaires with their most successful single release. Johnny Drake, is the soloist.
‘L’Accordeoniste’ Edith Piaf with one of the very few songs she recorded twice – maybe it was a favourite.
‘The Gypsy’ The Ink Spots – with one of the major sellers in the 40s – sticking to the original Ink Spots formula –
‘Cruising Down The River the infectious quality of the Blue Barron orchestra with a number one song in January 1949.
‘I’m A Big Girl Now’ Sammy Kaye with vocalist Betty Barclay on his 1946 hit song. .
‘Slippin Around’ Jimmy Wakely and Margaret Whiting with an early country song about “cheating”.
‘Bounce Me Brother’ Andrews Sisters - bounce me brother with a solid four – I assume it means four beats to the bar.
‘You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) – Les Brown with his favourite vocalist Doris Day …possibly the biggest hit version of this song in the 40s.
‘Vine Street Boogie’ Jay McShann – Hootie to his friends – set up his jazz band in Chicago, then he was drafted into the army, and by the time he came out of the service, the big band era was pretty much over in 1946 – and he had a tough time trying to restart it.
‘The Coffee Song’ Frank Sinatra – with one he did in 1946 – was Brazil having a coffee surplus then?
‘Maria Elena’ Los Indios Tabajaras – two brothers from the north east of Brazil – found success as Natalicio and Antenor Lima, they were signed up to RCA in 1943 to play transcriptions of classical violin and piano works on their acoustic guitars.
‘Chickery Chick’ Carroll Gibbons and His Savoy Hotel orpheans -
‘You Call Everybody Darlin’ one from the hits selection of 1948 from Anne Vincent
‘Mcnamara’s Band’ Bing Crosby
‘By The Sleepy Lagoon’ Harry James – the man who trained under Benny Goodman and set off on his own to continue the swing style and create the best dance band ever, replacing Glenn Miller as the American Public’s favourite band – and marrying the super sex-symbol Betty Grable increased his popularity as well.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 6 October 2013. 1940s. PART ONE
‘A Little Bird Told Me’ Louise “Blue Lu” Barker, one of the originals on the New Orleans music scene … this was released in 1948 and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks
‘They’re Either Too Young Or Too old’ Jimmy Dorsey …always overshadowed by his younger brother Tommy, but in the 40s Jimmy came into his own on the ballroom and radio scene.
‘Powder Your Face With Sunshine’ Evelyn Knight …with the best selling version of this 1948 chart-topper.
‘Put Your Arms Around Me Honey’ Dick Haymes and The Song Spinners – the Argentine actor and singer was one of the most popular performers in the 40s, but he didn’t quite reach the status of fellow baritone crooners like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Perry Como. .
‘Chopin’s Polonaise’ The Poet Of The Piano, Carmen Cavallaro started out as the main attraction in a band playing at The Central Park Casino in New York.
‘Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)’ written for a special musical show at the legendary New York nightspot The Copacabana. When The Copa turned down the song, it was used in a Broadway stage revue called Angel in the Wings, Louis prima had a top ten hit with the song.
‘My Happiness’ Jon and Sondra Steele with a song that was first published in 1933, but their rendition was the first to actually make it a hit song.
‘Don’t Cry Baby’ Erskine Hawkins, the trumpet player, bandleader dubbed the 20th Century Gabriel.
‘Fine Brown Frame’ Nellie Lutcher had several hits in the 40s – she was a unique singer and pianist around the Los Angeles scene in the early days.
‘This Land Is Your Land’ Woodie Guthrie’s 1940 song extolling the beauties of the natural landscape in America, contrasted with the lines of hungary Americans standing outside relief offices.
‘You Can’t Be true Dear’ Organist Ken Griffin straight out of 1948 – the vocals and whistling is by Jerry Wayne.
‘Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette’ Tex Williams
‘Travelin Light’ Billie Holiday –written about as being “uncoverable” in other words nobody could even come close to recording songs she made her own.
‘New Jolie Blonde’ Red Foley with a popular Cajun Hit since 1929.
‘A String Of pearls’ Glenn Miller with one of the signature tunes … a big band and jazz standard.
‘When You Were Sweet 16’ Perry Como – the former singing barber in fact didn’t he have the nickname “the barber of civility”?
‘Peg O’My Heart The Three Suns with a song that was first published in 1913 … since then, there has been over a dozen notable versions recorded.
‘Mam’selle’ Art Lund with a song that originally was heard in the movie “The Razor’s Edge” in 1947 starring one of the matinee idols of the day, Tyrone Power.
‘Snatch And Grab It’ Julia Lee – the most celebrated female artist in Kansas City in the 40s was Julia Lee.
‘I Don’t Want To set The World On Fire’ Suzy Bogguss –started out working in Dolly Parton’s theme park “Dollywood’.
‘I’ll Dance At Your Wedding’ another one of the favourite radio singers in the 40s was Buddy Clark.
‘Move It On Over’ Hank Williams – the true father of modern country music couldn’t write or read music, yet he created some 125 compositions, many of which have become classics of popular music.
‘Flying Home’ Lionel Hampton