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Wayne's Music Saturday 25 September 2010. 1940s.

Back Bay Shuffle sweet and swinging, some early work from the hottest licorice stick around in the 40s, Artie Shaw headed a band in the US Navy which included several leading musicians.

Symphony Liza Morrow, from Brooklyn, New York, an in demand vocalist on NBC and CBS radio shows with the bands of Buddy Hackett, Robert Lewis, Eddie Condon, benny Goodman and others.
Oh How He Misses His Missus Dorothy Carless stylishly boogies her way with Hatchettes Swingtette at the time when Stephan Grappelly and George Shearing were in the lineup.
Zip A Dee Doo Dah James Baskett became famous for his role as Uncle Remus in Disney's feature film "Song Of The South" released in 1946.
The Call Of The Canyon Billy Hill song for Glenn Miller which the great band-leader recorded with Ray Eberle in 1940.
A Tree In A Meadow Margaret Whiting.
Cruising Down The River The Crew-Cuts.
As Time Goes By Rudy Vallee, a legend who peaked in the 30s , but was still popular well into the 1970s.
Little Curly Hair In A High Chair fats Waller seemed to be everywhere in the 30s and 40s, theatres, hotels, nightclubs, on radio, in the movies, and of course on record Love Somebody Doris Day (Buddy Clark) with one of the top 20 pop songs of 1947
When You Hear Big Ben one of the wonderful old war songs that summed up the early part of the decade - from Vera Lynn
M'Amselle Art Lund in 1947, another of the big band singers, hardly ever heard these days, but a star in his own right, in his own time.
I Wish I Didn't Love You So betty Hutton, brassy, energetic with a voice that could sound like a fire alarm.
Vilia Guy Lombardo plays Lehar - one of those beautiful tunes of the era, whistled, hummed and sung around the world.
Sierra Sue Bing Crosby in 1940
When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano a massive seller for the Inkspots when they were working in New York in 1940.
Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen.
The Woodpecker Song The Andrews Sisters working with Vic Shoen's band in New York in 1940.

Wayne's Music Sunday 26 September 2010. 1940s. PART ONE

White Cliffs Of Dover Lyricist Nat Burton cobbled together the words, which were inspired by a poem by Alice Duer Miller and Walter Kent, and borrowed the tune from "Over The Rainbow". The song's emotions were ideal for the sweetheart of the forces, Vera Lynn, whose version became a favourite. There is a factual inaccuracy in the words: bluebirds are an American bird and can't be found in the vicinity of Dover.
Don't Fence Me In one of my favourite versions from the Sons Of The Pioneers the foremost vocal and instrumental group in western music, and the definitive group specializing in cowboy songs, setting the standard for every group that has come since.
I'm beginning To See The Light Joya Sherrill as a teenager when she joined Duke Ellington's orchestra.
Brand New Dolly Count basie with Jimmy Rushing on vocals from a Los Angeles session in April 1947.

PART TWO

Bring Another Drink Nat King Cole in 1944

Comin In On A Wing And A Prayer Anne Shelton who must have been all of 15 years old when she recorded this in July 1943.
Carolina In The Morning Al Jolson must rank as one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th Century,
A Little Bird Told me Evelyn Knight recording with the Stardusters, a song originally intended for Paula Watson. Little White Lies the voice of perfection - Dick Haymes.
No Love, No Nothin Ella Mae Morse - the Dallas Dark Horse, or the Texas Diva (she had many knick-names). One For My baby the male fashion icon in his day, Fred Astaire actually despised his trademark top hat, white tie and tails, and favoured a breezy casual style of tailored sports jackets, cloured shirts, cravats and slacks. He was often described by his old Friend David Niven as a "pixie, timid, always warm-hearted with a penchant for schoolboy jokes".
A Chicken Ain't Nothin But A Bird Cab Calloway, one of the great showmen of the 20th century.
It Could Happen To You Jo Stafford, a major singing star in the 40s, 50s and 60s until her semi-retirement in 1966. The Trolley Song The Pied Pipers one of the most prolific recording groups of the 40s and 50s.
Moon Glow Muggsy Spanier, possibly the best trumpet/cornet in Chicago until Bix Beiderbeck came on the scene.
A Yodeller's Lullaby Bill haley either with the Four Aces of Western Swing, or The Saddlemen;;
Drum Boogie Irene Day sings with Gene krupa's band in 1941. Bing Crosby said that Irene Day was one of the best female singers that he had ever heard. krupa
Perfidia Xavier Cugat and his Waldorf Astoria orchestra … the Rhumba King from Barcelona originally, but he grew up in Havana.