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Wayne’s Music 5/6 April 2014.   The songs sung around the world in the 1940s.

‘Take The A Train’                            Duke Ellington with his fantastic signature tune

‘Some Enchanted Evening’                 Jo Stafford sings Rodgers and Hammerstein – this was recorded in 1949 with her husband Paul Weston’s orchestra ..

‘The Honey Dripper’                Joe Liggins claimed he wrote this song in 1942 when he was playing piano in Los Angeles with a band called the Rhythm Rascals.

‘Nature Boy’                            Nat king Cole with a song written by a beatnik-poet away ahead of his time … Eden Ahbez had long hair and a hippie-like appearance, when he lived rough in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, living on 3 dollars a week, and lecturing on Hollywood Street corners about Oriental Mysticism. 

‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’                  Spike Jones and the City Slickers doing what they did best – spoofing the BIG ONES. 

‘Call It Stormy Monday’           T Bone Walker, the blues electric guitar pioneer …this is probably one of the most popular blues standards with heaps of renditions since T Bone did it in 1947. 

‘Pistol Packin’ mama’               Al Dexter with the song he gets credited for as the first ever #1 on the Juke Box Folk record chart which later became the Hot Country Songs Chart .,..

‘Good Rockin Tonight’            Roy Brown from the Best of Jump and Jive  … Jump Music was all the rage in the 40s …

‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’                 Glenn Miller with the massive seller from the movie Sun Valley Serenade – featuring Tex Beneke and The Modernaires. 

‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’            Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with some bluegrass – possibly one of the misunderstood musical genres – it’s very complex and demands keen musical intelligence …

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’          Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Jordan

‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’                 Vaughn Monroe’s booming baritone was a permanent fixture on the charts in the 40s – although he got his musical start on the trumpet. 

‘They Can’t Take That Away From me’                 Bing and Peggy lee

‘I’m beginning To See The Light’                 Joya Sherrill

‘Flying Home’       in 1940s America, the accent was on BIG … big cars, big Oil Deals, Big reputations of Movie Stars, big ballrooms, and Big Sounds from Big bands to fill them.  By the end of the decade the big bands were going the way of the dinosaur, but when they were BIG they were really BIG pumping out their powerful joyful sounds to lift a depression-torn nation.  Right in the thick of it was Lionel Hampton’s All Star band. 

Wayne’s Music Sunday 6 April 2014.  The popular songs of the 1940s.  PART ONE

‘Stormy Weather’           the one and only Lena Horne – a fascinating mixture of talent, charm and beauty.  Here is the song she made her own, even though it was first recorded in 1933, Lena Horne sang it for the 1943 Soundtrack of the movie Stormy Weather based loosely on the life of its main star, dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, lena played his invented love interest, a singer named Selina Rogers. 

‘Drifting Blues’               Charles Brown with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers -  … Johnny Moore’s guitar – and Charles Brown on vocals and piano, Eddie Williams bass, and Johnny Otis on drums …

‘Bouquet Of Roses’                 Eddy Arnold and His Tennessee Plowboys working in 1947. war.

‘I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover’       here’s one that will take you right back to happy days in 1948 … when Art Mooney recorded this old 1927 number.

‘Brazil’                  Xavier Cugat in 1943.


 'Rag Mop’            The Ames Brothers with the BIG number they recorded in 1949.  It was the last single release to hit #1 on a 78 rpm record …

‘Move It On Over’          Hank Williams …

‘Daddy’                Sammy Kaye                  

‘Oh What It Seemed To be’      Dick Haymes on a duet with Helen Forrest summing up that magical musical period of the 40s when singers like these two would appear weekly on radio shows.

‘It Takes A Long Long Train’   Peggy Lee

‘As Time Goes By’         Dooley Wilson with the song made memorable from the film Casablanca

‘You Call Everybody darlin’               The Andrews Sisters – with just one of several version on the charts in 1948 –

‘Maria Elena’                  Los Indios Tabajaras – the guitar duo whose story began in the jungle of northern Brazil  and eventually they finished up in the best concert halls around the world. 

‘Is You is or Is You Ain’t My baby’   Louis Jordan with a song that was introduced in a movie in the 40s called “Follow The Boys” – and it remained in Louis Jordan’s repertoire for years. 

‘This land Is Your Land’          Woody Guthrie – with a simple melody that has been sung by everybody since 1940.  This was Woody’s perspective on the United States at the time …he was heavily criticized for being “Un-American” but his work became one of the most widely sung songs around the world. 

‘I’ll get By’           Dick Haymes singing with the Harry James band just after he replaced Frank Sinatra as the main singer with James. 

‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’   The Ink Spots

‘I Don’t Want To set The World On Fire’    Suzy Bogguss

‘Delivering The Morning Milk’  George Formby

‘New San Antonio Rose’          Bob Wills – was taught how to handle a fiddle by his father and grandfather … fiddling at dances as a young man became his thing, until he met other musicians and decided to form a dance band. 

‘Here’s A Little Girl’                 Lou Barker famous blues and jazz singer from New Orleans

 ‘Frenesi’              Artie Shaw.