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Wayne’s Music 22/23 February 2014.  1940s One Hit Wonders.

‘Ferry Boat serenade’               ANDREWS SISTERS were the sound of the forties with a staggering 40 million records sold over the years …

‘That Lucky Old Sun’              RAY CHARLES with an old forties number

‘I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do)’      Bebe Daniels – with her carefree, yet intelligent glamour in the movies and music of the 40s. 

‘Sweet Georgia Brown’                   brother Bones and His Shadows with the Harlem Globetrotters theme …

‘I Miss You So’             The Cats & The Fiddle – a Chicago singing group formed in 1937, and performing and recording prolifically until 1951. 

‘Room Full Of Roses’            George Morgan –was the first to record this song in 1949, then in 1974 Mickey Gilley resurrected it, and it broke open his career. 

‘I’m Nobody’s Baby’               JUDY GARLAND with another oldie to showcase her talent  

‘Lavender Blue’                      Burl Ives with Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers.  Ives sang this in the Disney film of 1948 “So Dear To My Heart”.

‘Little Curly Hair In A High Chair’              Thomas Wright Fats Waller whose innovations to the stride piano style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano.

‘I Don’t See me In Your Eyes Anymore’           The Stardusters were a male trio started up in the 1930s.

‘The Whistler’s Mother In law’                  Bing Crosby with Muriel Lane

‘Don’t Cry Joe’                       FRANK SINATRA. Recording in 1949 with Hugo Winterhalter …

‘I Want A Tall Skinny papa              Lucky Millinder with Rosetta Tharpe …

‘Cruising Down The River’              BLUE BARRON with all the hallmarks of a smash hit written all over it – a #1 in January 1949

‘As Time Goes By’                Rudy Vallee, was he the first of the modern era’s pop star teen idol type? 

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’                  Homer And jethro (the thinking man’s hillbillies) with June Carter. 

‘Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer’                Four Vagabonds – one of the classic pioneer vocal harmony groups, to record in the 1940s. 

Wayne’s music Sunday 23 February 2014.  1940s One Hit Wonders.

‘People Will Say We’re In Love’              Dick Haymes

‘Life Git’s Tee-Jus Don’t It’             Carson Robison with His Pleasant Valley Boys … he was a cowpuncher, a farmer, oil-worker, and railway worker – but he became famous through this song in 1947 with His Pleasant Valley boys - Doc Watson, Arthur Godfrey, Tex Williams, Cal Tinney, Peter Lind.

‘You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To’  Six Hits and A Miss – a swing era singing group – 6 males and a female as the title suggests –the group was resident with Bob Hope in the 30s and 40s on his radio shows – and they went on to record with Judy Garland, Jimmie Durante, Bing Crosby and later on a young Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra.

‘I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover’ – the number one tune for weeks on the Billboard chart in 1948 …


‘Mexico Joe’                 Ivie Anderson started out in the Glee Club and became a leading light in jazz circles through the Cotton Club.  .

‘My ideal’                       Maxine Sullivan, a vocalist for half a century from the 1930s until just before her death in 1987. …

‘Have I Stayed Away Too Long’     Tex Ritter, the actor, singer who rode into Hollywood and became one of the pre-eminient singing cowboys.    

‘Buttons And Bows’               Betty Garrett with a song that virtually every singer on the radio in 1948 was doing. 

‘Cement Mixer Put-Ti Put-Ti           Slim Gaillard Trio … Gaillard was a natural musician, composing hilarious nonsense songs, often in a language which he created himself. 

‘A Tree In A meadow’            Sam Browne … his is one of many versions of this old song published in 1948. 

‘A Little Bird Told Me’            Blue Louise Barker … with her husband Danny (she was sixteen when they married – or so the legend goes) – a beloved couple in New Orleans Jazz History. 

‘Open The Door Richard’               The Three Flames, a popular vocal outfit in the 40s …

‘I Can’t Begin To tell You’              Betty Grable, the quick silver blonde, the girl with the million dollar legs (insured for a million bucks apparantley) the girl next door, and the fantasy bombshell gave her tremendous appeal at the box office for many years. 

‘He’s A Real Gone Guy’                  Nellie Lutcher, enjoyed extraordinary success in the 40s before rock and roll came on the scene …

‘Tico Tico’                               Ethel Smith & The Bando carioca .. you won’t hear this type of music anywhere much today – but miss smith was a genius at what she did on the Hammond organ …

‘Ole Buttermilk Sky’                Helen Carroll and The Satisfiers

 ‘My Adobe Hacienda’           Sons Of The Pioneers, the group that Roy Rogers, the singing Cowboy launched to stardom …

‘Laughing On The Outside’             Dinah Shore – at the top of her game in 1946. 

‘McNamara’s Band’                Bing Crosby With The jesters – a Tin Pan Alley vaudeville mock Irish number which became another million seller for der Bingle. 

‘All Of Me’            Helen O’Connell with Jimmy Dorsey – one of the favoured vocalists with Jimmy’s Band..