Wayne’s Music 28/29 June 2014. The Best of the 1930s …
‘Inka Dinka Doo’ Jimmy Durante …the man who gave us “Start Each Day With A Song” … His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s.
‘Stormy Weather’ Ethel Waters who made the song her own when she sang it at The Cotton Club in Harlem in 1933 …
‘You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby’ Bing Crosby, with the original recording of the 1938 song, for the movie “Hard To get”
‘Can The Circle Be Unbroken’ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with the old 30s Carter Family Number …
‘Forty Second Street’ Don Bestor with one of the first recordings of the song from the backstage musical in 1933 …
‘Tisket A Tasket’ Ella Fitzgerald with her breakthrough hit in 1938 with The Chick Webb orchestra …
‘The Glory Of Love’ Benny Goodman … with Helen ward in the mid 30s .
‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’ Ivie Anderson with the song that introduced the word "swing" into the popular lexicon, although Duke Ellington was not really trying to do that. He said that "swing" was simply "Harlem for rhythm."
‘Let’s Fall In Love’ The elegant Eddy Duchin and His Central Park Casino orchestra
‘Tea For Two’ Art tatum with his flawless recording of Tea For Two in 1933 …
‘The Object Of My Affection’ The Boswell Sisters. Martha, Connee and Helvetia (Vet) were THE sister act of the 1930s.
‘Puttin On The Ritz’ Harry Richman with one of the earliest recordings of the 1929 Irving Berlin Song for the musical film…
‘Little Brown Jug’ Glenn Miller … Bill Finegan heavily arranged Miller’s first big hit,
‘The Way You Look Tonight’ Fred Astaire This standard was written for the 1936 film Swing Time starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
‘All Of me’ Louis Armstrong … Pops is considered to be one of the most influential artists in jazz history.
‘Woodchoppers Ball’ Woody herman with his uptempo blues tune that became his BIGGEST seller in 1939.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 29 June 2014. best Of The 30s. PART ONE
‘Organ Grinders Swing’ Jimmie Lunceford with his chief arranger Sy Oliver on the job to come up with this classic …
‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen’ The Andrews Sisters in 1937 … possibly the most famous singing trio of sisters along with the Boswells … LaVerne Sophia (the contralto), Maxine Angelyn (the soprano) and Patricia Marie (the mezzo soprano). This Yiddish song turned out to be the breakthrough number for the sisters in 1937.
‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’ Marion Anderson was one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th Century …her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965.
'Heart And Soul’ Larry Clinton with Helen Ward taking the vocals on Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser’s famous number
‘The Very Thought Of You’ Ray Noble with his evergreen pop standard first published in 1934.
‘Jumpin At The Woodside’ Count Basie
‘In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town’ ted lewis taking the vocal with his band in 1932.
‘My Prayer’ The Ink Spots – one of the most distinctive of all the vocal groups – going right back to the 1920s – by the end of the 30s The Ink Spots w ere the “hottest”thing around - with the famous guitar introduction, Bill kenny’s soaring tenor vocal and Orville “Hoppy” Jones bass talk.
‘Moonglow’ Benny Goodman –with teddy Wilson on the piano, Lionel Hampton on vibes and Gene Krupa on drums – working up a storm in New York in 1936.
‘Tumbling Tumbleweeds’ Sons Of The Pioneers started out as Farley’s Gold Star Rangers – the first group to sing western songs in harmony.
‘What A Little Moonlight Can Do’ Billie Holiday with one of the all time great records from the 30s with teddy Wilson’s band
‘I Got Rhythm’ Red Nichols …and his Five Pennies
‘Thanks For The memory’ Bob Hope and Shirley Ross with the academy award winning song from The Big broadcacst of 1938.
‘Tiger rag’ The Mills Brothers – with one of the first records they issued in 1931.
‘It’s A Sin To tell A Lie’ Fats Waller – the guy brought joy to millions through his vocal and pianistic talents.
‘Red Sails In The Sunset’ Guy Lombardo. According to legend, James Kennedy wrote the words to this song after watching a sunset with his artist sister in Donegal, Ireland. The music was composed by Will Grosz (who was better known as Hugh Williams).
‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ Bing Crosby with Connee Boswell .
‘Summertime’ Billie Holiday with one of the finest songs George Gershwin ever wrote.
‘Double Trouible’ The freshmen way back in the early days when they were singing with Ray Noble’s orchestra.
‘When My Sugar Walks Down The Street’ Ivie Anderson - such a fragile looking gal – but she was a match for all the boys in Duke Ellington’s band – she knew all the jokes, the stories, the jive … she had a very strong personality – although she suffered always from asthma, and was advised to give up touring in 1942.
‘Rock And Roll’ was this the first time anybody had heard the term “Rock And Roll” … although in this instance in 1934 The Boswell Sisters are referring to the rhythm of the sea.
‘Bye Bye Blues’ Bert Lown and His Hotel Biltmore orchestra
‘Georgia On My Mind’ is this one of Hoagy’s best songs or what? This is John Gary’s version of the number Hoagy Carmichael w rote in 1930 when he was working in an Invevstment House and was considering a career change.
‘Lazy River’ the melody is by Sidney Arodin, and Carmichael modified the words – and bingo … it has been a jazz standard since 1930 … this is Kate Smith’s rendition.
‘Let’s Dance’ Enoch Light and The Light Brigade.