Wayne’s Music 23/24 November 2013. Hits of the 30s.
‘And The Angels Sing’ Anne Lenner, her real name was Violet Green, one of six sisters, Florence, Maidie, Ida, Rosa, and Ivy – all of whom followed their Father into showbusiness …
‘Flat Foot Floogie With The Floy Floy’ Nat Gonella and His Georgians – he was a major influence on the British jazz scene from the 1930’s until the 70s,
‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ Jimmy Messene on guitar and vocals with Harold Hood on Joanna and Pat Smuts on alto sax.
‘Easy To Love’ Billie Holiday with the Teddy Wilson band in 1936 – a great Col Porter number.
‘La Cucaracha’ Harry Roy’s Orchestra with a traditional Spanish Corrido that came out of the Mexican Revolution early in the 20th century.
‘Stars Fell On Alabama’ Jack Teagarden with my favourite version of the song that tells of the night of the Leonid Meteor Shower when thousands of luminous bodies shot across the firmament in every direction in Alabama in November of 1833.
‘Don’t Blame Me’ Hutch As one of the biggest stars in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s, Hutch lived the life of an upper-crust aristocrat -
‘The Sun has Got His Hat On’ Ambrose orchestra with Sam Browne with the song from the Musical Me and My Girl.
‘When I Take My Sugar To tea’ The Boswell Sisters with their definitive version of a 1931 song – they’re singing with the Dorsey Brothers.
‘When You’re Smiling’ Louis Armstrong …
‘What Do You Know About Love’ Al Bowlly with Reginald Williams and his Futurists ‘Nice Work If You Can It’ Fred Astaire sings Gershwin with Ray Nobles’ orchestra.
‘Where Is The Sun’ Valaida Snow – the Queen of trumpet and song.
‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ George Formby with the first of his window cleaning songs – he never did work as a window cleaner.
‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A letter’ fats Waller with one of the standards from the Great American Songbook …
‘Let’s Fall In Love’ Arthur Tracy accompanying himself on the piano accordion
‘Dream A Little Dream Of me’ Ozzie Nelson From 1930 through the 1940s, his band recorded prolifically - Nelson's records were consistently popular… he was the primary vocalist and (from August 1932) featured in duets with his other star vocalist, Harriet Hilliard. (whom he married in 1935.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 24 November 2013. The 1930s. PART ONE.
‘Indian Summer’ Ginny Simms - introduced by kay Kyser when she was working with his band – before going on to make a dozen or so movies.
‘The Dispsy Doodle’ Nat Gonella and His Georgians with the vocal group The Jackdaws …
‘Broken Hearted Clown’ Harry Roy sings with his own band … resident at The Mayfair Hotel in London from 1934 until 1936 – then he took his band on tour around the world.
‘There Isn’t Any Limit To My love’ Anne Lenner working with Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel orpheans.
‘My very Good Friend The Mikman’ fats Waller
‘The very Thought Of You’ Al Bowlly –with one of the very best songs of 1934 and one of the finest ever produced by the Sussex-born bandleader, composer and publisher Ray Noble.
‘Lazy Bones’ The Mills Brothers with a Tin Pan Alley classic written by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael …
‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’ Duke Ellington with Ivie Anderson – a landmark recording with the Cotton Club star vocalist in 1932.
‘Lady Of Spain’ Tino Folgar the Barcelona-born ‘zarzuela and Opera tenor was having a guest season at Covent Garden in London when he recorded this in 1931.
‘Exactly Like You’ Elsie Carlisle –
‘My Melancholy Baby’ Bing Crosby – one of the most recognized and successful singers of the 30s was Harry Lillis Crosby – one of the best selling recording artists of the 20th century – a leader in radio ratings and movie grosses.
‘The Donkey Serenade’ Gracie Fields – the biggest of names in British show business in the 30s and her films, were box-office hits.
‘Slap That bass’ The Ink Spots were jiving their way through the 30s – their immense popularity still to come in the 40s.
‘The Glory Of Love’ Hildegarde with Carroll Gibbons and His Boy Friends
‘Anything Goes’ Jeanne Aubert and The Four Admirals – the French cabaret star sings the title song from Cole Porter’s British Premier of the Musical in 1935 …
‘I’ll String Along With You’ Dick Powell with one of the hit songs from Twenty Million Sweethearts, the 1934 Film with Ginger Rogers, Pat O’Brien, The Mills Brothers and Ted Fio Rito’s orchestra.
‘It’s The Talk Of The Town’ Connee Boswell about the time she started doing solo work following a break from her sisters Martha and Vet …
‘When We’re Alone’ Al Bowlly, the South African crooner/guitarist out front of the Roy Fox Band in 32 …
‘I Don’t Know Why- I Just Do’ A piano/vocals duet with heavy classical influence, Layton & Johnstone were staid but solid interpreters of American popular song during the '20s and early '30s.
‘Falling In Love Again’ Marlene Dietrich growling and pouting her way through the theme song she introduced in the 1930 film which instantly catapulted her to international stardom – Von Stemberg’s “Blue Angel”.
‘At The Woodchoppers Ball’ Woody Herman with what was to become his obsessive theme tune.