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Wayne’s Music 19/20 May 2012.  1940s.

Say Si Si             Andrews Sisters, the unmistakable voices of the swing era, with a song that was originally published in 1935.

Seven Come Eleven                  Benny Goodman shot to Swing Era superstardom leading a big band, but his small groups were just as important.

L’Accordioniste             Edith Piaf with one of her earliest hits. 

Java Jive                    The Ink Spots.

 I’m Nobody’s baby                  Judy Garland – must have been all of 17 when she sang this is the Andy hardy films … she played Betsy Booth and was the only guest star to appear in three episodes with Mickey Rooney.

Talking Dust Bowl Blues                   Woody Guthrie recording during his time in New York in 1940 …this is from his first commercial recording and the most successful album he made.

darn That Dream          Mildred Bailey is, in my humble opinion, one of the most overlooked singers in music history.  She sure lived up to her name “Mrs Swing” in the 30s and 40s. 

Dear Hearts And Gentle People                   Bing Crosby with his 1949 version of a popular song.

Slippin Around             Ernest Tubb, the pioneer Country Music singer/writer they called “The Texas Troubador”. He remained a regular on the Grand Ole Opry radio show for four decades, and hosted his own Midnight Jamboree radio show each Saturday night after the Opry.

Some Enchanted Evening                  Frank Sinatra sings the single biggest hit song to come out of any Rodgers and Hammerstein show.

Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid       one of those occasional jazz numbers, which was also a jukebox hit, named for disc jockey Sid Torin, one of the first in a trend of naming instrumentals after DJs in an effort to get radio exposure. 

Lovesick Blues             Hank Williams with the song that was the first of many number one hits  for the singer. I

When That man is Dead And Gone                  Al Bowlly recorded more than one thousand records between 1927 and 1941.

God Bless The Child               Billie Holiday with the song that was honored with The Grammy Hall Of Fame Award in 1976.

 Elmer’s Tune                       some essential         Glenn Miller with his front man Ray Eberle and The Modernaires.            


Wayne’s Music Sunday 20 May 2012.  1940s.

You Call Everybody darlin’                   Al Trace – one of the writers names was Clem Watts, and he sang under the name Al Trace.  When this song was finally released in 1948, it lasted 22 weeks on the Billboard chart.

Baby face                      Art Mooney  enjoyed enormous popularity during the late '40s and throughout the 1950s, mainly by selling the public recordings of songs they already knew, often performed in the classic old-time popcorn-and-candied-apple singalong tradition.

A Little Bird Told Me                  Blue Lu Barker, the New Orleans singer and dance who ran off to New York with guitarist Danny Barker at the age of 13.  her first recording in 1938, “Don’t You Feel My leg” created a sensation. The Barkers continued to perform together until his death in 1994.

Just A Little Lovin                    Eddy Arnold – one of the best from The Tennessee Plowboy. 

Chopin’s Polonaise                   Carmen Cavallaro orchestra       

Powder Your Face With Sunshine                   Evelyn Knight – a well regarded entertainer in the 40s and 50s – one of the original 1500 stars on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame in 1960.

 My Happiness                               Jon and Sondra Steele with their version of “My Happiness” which you heard five years before Connie Francis revived the song.

Messin around  Memphis Slim and His House Rockers  American blues pianist, singer, and composer.

) Fine Brown Frame             Nellie Lutcher with the most successful song of her string of rhythm and blues chart hits.

Three Little Sisters               Andrews Sisters – LaVerne, Maxene and Patty, who swung and boogied their way into the hearts and minds of service personnel and civilians alike in the war years. 

A String Of pearls                Glenn Miller - The number one recording in February 1942 was Glenn Miller and his Orchestra's instrumental version of "String Of Pearls."

Mam’selle                           Art Lund with the hit song from the movie “Razor’s Edge” in 1947.

Move It On Over           Hank Williams with his first ever country hit in 1947.  Because of its 12 bar blues structure, it’s often considered to be very influential to the rock and roll songs that came 6 or 7 years later.

Opportunity Knocks But Once Snatch And Grab It        Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends – and what a session team they were.  Jay McShann, Vic Dickenson, Benny Carter, Red Norvo, Nappy Lamare, and Red Nichols.

Move On Up A Little Higher              Mahalia Jackson, I was told when I was very young, was the greatest spiritual singer alive – yet I didn’t hear her sing until I saw her in the movie “St Louis Blues” many years later. 

Serenade Of The bells                   Sammy Kaye, with his big number in 1947 – it stayed for 16 weeks on the Billboard Best seller Chart that year.

Pistol Packin’ mama                         Al dexter And His troops, pioneers in the honky tonk field – possibly one of the first entertainers to use the phrase in a song he recorded in his first session in 1936. 

Evil gal Blues                                    Dinah Washington with her first recording for the Keynote label, working with Lionel Hampton and his top flight musicians. 

Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart           Judy garland at her very best in 1938 – in the Film “Listen Darling”. 

Dance With A Dolly                      Russ Morgan - Some of his triumphs were his record-breaking runs in famed hotels, ballrooms and theatres across the United States, During the 1950s, his orchestra continued to be a popular one for dancing and listening music.

new Spanish Two Step           Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys played dances throughout the West to more than 10,000 people every week. aburst back into popular consciousness in 1973, backing Paul Simon on his pop smash "Loves Me Like a Rock.

Let The Good Times Roll                   Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five