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Sunday, 05 January 2014

ELDER MUSIC: 1942

Tibbles1SM100x130This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here.


What happened in 1942?

  • Jerry Garcia was born
  • Casablanca was released
  • Everything else was grim
  • Essendon were premiers

Cole Porter wrote the song Night and Day for the musical "Gay Divorce". This was Fred Astaire's last Broadway show. Later it was made into a film called The Gay Divorcee. Fred was in that one too.

You probably think you know who I've decided to play but you're wrong. I'm going with FRANK SINATRA's version of the song.

Frank Sinatra

♫ Frank Sinatra - Night And Day

I had a couple of versions of Blues in the Night lined up as well. It was a matter of selecting which I wanted. Finally, after playing them a couple of times, I went with DINAH SHORE.

Dinah Shore

The song was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, and has been recorded by just about everyone. Let's hear what Dinah does with it.

♫ Dinah Shore - Blues In The Night

Even though it has been recorded by many others, A String of Pearls is pretty much associated with GLENN MILLER.

Glenn Miller

Glenn kept a bunch of arrangers on hand to write and arrange tunes for him. This is one such that was the brainchild of Jerry Gray.

♫ Glenn Miller - A String Of Pearls

T-BONE WALKER's style is an interesting mix of jazz and blues.

T-Bone Walker

He was one of the most influential guitarists ever – blues, jazz and rock & roll players all acknowledge a debt to him. Here he plays Mean Ol' World.

♫ T-Bone Walker - Mean Ol' World

Bands led by HARRY JAMES and Tommy Dorsey both recorded Manhattan Serenade around this time.

Harry James

As you can see, I've gone with Harry's version. Helen Forrest sings on this one. Before Harry she sang with Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.

♫ Harry James - Manhattan Serenade

This tune reminded me that I planned to do a column on citrus fruit – after all there are plenty of lemon songs, a few orange ones but I've only found one Tangerine. Lots of versions, but they're all the same song. That's what we have here today, and it's by JIMMY DORSEY.

Jimmy Dorsey

The singers on this one are Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell. The song was written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger.

♫ Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra - Tangerine

Ah, NAT KING COLE finally makes an appearance in these Years columns. I surprise myself that he hasn't popped up before. This won't be the last time, though.

Nat King Cole Trio

Here he is with the trio, the way I like him best, and That Ain't Right.

♫ Nat King Cole - That Ain't Right

BING CROSBY sang Be Careful It's My Heart in the film Holiday Inn.

Bing Crosby

That film was also the first time he performed White Christmas but we'll just skip over that one.

♫ Bing Crosby - Be Careful It's My Heart

The tune of Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree was originally a ninth century folk song called Long, Long Ago. Then Sam Stept got to it, modified it a bit and produced the song, Anywhere the Bluebird Goes.

The folk process in action then allowed Lew Brown and Charles Tobias to write lyrics and the song we know appeared. This was recorded by Glenn Miller and became quite a hit for him.

Next, THE ANDREWS SISTERS turned their hands (and voices) to it and it was a hit all over again.

The Andrews Sisters

♫ Andrews Sisters - Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree

PEGGY LEE makes her first appearance here today with the Benny Goodman Orchestra.

Peggy Lee

This was also her first number one hit, Somebody Else Is Taking My Place, written by Russ Morgan.

♫ Peggy Lee and the Benny Goodman Orchestra - Somebody Else Is Taking My Place

1943 will appear in two weeks' time.


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Comments

What a delight to find this column this morning. I grew up hearing all of these people on a daily basis...my mom loved her records!

I turned twelve years old that year. Sitting here in the deep South this morning, waiting for the Big Freeze, these songs have given me great joy and great memories of young years. Thank you for that and thank you, too, for honoring Arthur Alexander in a recent post.
Betty

Thank you. Now I'll have those tunes running through my head all day. :)

Thank you for some great music.

I took my parents to see the Andrews Sisters in "Over Here," a show on Broadway n 1974. I don't remember much about the show, but do remember how many people were crying during the encores. They meant so much to many people during difficult years.

Mage--The only cure for an earworm is to introduce another earworm to take its place. Well, at least we can purge the Christmas songs from our heads! Thank you, Peter, for a great column today.

I was traveling yesterday and missed this column. I love all of the artists and songs you featured and am looking forward to listening to them again and reminiscing. First to unpack and do laundry. ;-(

I was born in '42 and grew up listening to the Matt Betton his clarinet and Orchestra voted by Billboard Magazine the #1 swing band in the nation. He went on to run the Stan Kenton stage band camps and co-found the National Association of Jazz Educators, later the International Association for Jazz Education. These guys were household names. Can't thank you enough for your great work. I'd love to hear more about vocal jazz groups like the Hi-Los, 4 Freshmen, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Js and Jamie, Singers Unlimited, etc. Thank you, again!

I think it would be fun to know more about some big bands playing today like The Airmen of Note, Big Phat Band, Bob Hoose Band, etc. - Keep up music coming!

Truly, never look a gift horse in the mouth!

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