Discussion in 'Music' started by LittleNipper, Jun 22, 2018.
Let's do it old school!
1936 gave us another standard from Hollywood. The song won an Oscar for best movie song that year. Very danceable and oh so romantic ----- THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT.
And the Record
The Big Band era was picking up in a BIG WAY and this was another hit of that year! It would reappear in the Rock'n Roll era years later.
As an extra, here is the 1957 version I remember Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers!
The year is not 1937 and a new tune for that year is Count Basie's ONE O'CLOCK JUMP.
Fred Astaire would have another hit of movie origin --- THEY CANT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME!
1938 seems to be a time of looking back. Begin the Beguine, Bei Mir Bist du Schejn, A Tisket A Tasket were older tunes that became big hits in '38 (1,2,3 spots on the chart) Bob Hope's THANKS for the MEMORIES would become his signature HIT and was new that year:
I love Begin the Beguine, and it was "old" when I was a little kid in the 50's. It's a genuine classic. And NO ONE played it better than Artie SHAW! It's a fantastic dance tune. So, though it was an earlier tune, Shaw's rendition from 1938 has a real timelessness about it.
1939 marked the introduction of one of the greatest dance melodies of the Big Band Era --- MOONLIGHT SERENADE by Glenn Miller.This recording highlights Miller's masterful artistry:
And then there is BODY AND SOUL another classic
Well, again it's GLENN MILLER in 1940 with IN THE MOOD. Again it must be realized that this was recorded in one shot ---- any mistakes and the master was discarded and a retake was necessary. There were no overdubs, multichannel takes. It was all or nothing!
Artie Shaw was right up there in the 2nd spot with FENESIE
And the 3rd spot was a slow romantic ballad with Tommy Dorsey and featuring a young Frank Sinatra with I'LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN
!941 Gave us the CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO
Also at number 2 was DADDY --- So swing and sway with Sammy Kaye!
1942 saw US in the middle of a war we didn't want but was necessary... The number one tune that year was WHITE CHRISTMAS, a very nostalgic and romantically danceable melody. Through the years this record has sold MILLIONS!
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