Category Archives: USA-1930’s

Swingin’ The Blues – Música

William James “Count” Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984)was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By age 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten‘s band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten’s death in 1935.
In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two “split” tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry “Sweets” Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams

Count Basie Orchestra – “Swingin’ The Blues” – 1938


Jumpin’ at the Woodside – Música

“Jumpin’ at the Woodside” is a song first recorded in 1938 by the Count Basie Orchestra, and considered one of the band’s signature tunes. When first released it reached number 11 on the Billboard charts and remained on them for four weeks. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard.

“Jumpin’ at the Woodside” (1938) Count Basie and Lester Young

Artie Shaw : Lady Be Good – Música

Oh, Lady Be Good! is a 1924 song by George and Ira Gershwin. It was introduced by Walter Catlett in the Broadway musical Lady, Be Good!, written by Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson, and the Gershwin brothers, starring Fred and Adele Astaire. It ran for 330 performances in its original Broadway run.
Artie Shaw and his Orchestra – Performed in the Warner Brothers/Vitaphone short subject Artie Shaw’s Symphony In Swing (June,1939) – rec. August 27, 1939 – released as Bluebird B10430-A, matrix 042609-1

Artie Shaw : Lady Be Good

Woodchopper’s Ball – Música

Woodchopper’s Ball“, also known as “At the Woodchopper’s Ball” is a 1939 jazz composition by Joe Bishop and Woody Herman. The up-tempo blues tune in D-flat major was the Woody Herman Orchestra’s biggest hit, as well as the most popular composition of either composer, selling a million records.
The tune has been performed by numerous artists and is considered a jazz standard. It is included in the first volume of Hal Leonard’s Real Book. The original recording by Woody Herman and His Orchestra received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2002.
Twistin’ at the Woodchopper’s Ball written by Ronn Metcalfe was a 1962 hit based on Herman’s song which attained a Gold Album status.

1939 HITS ARCHIVE: Woodchopper’s Ball – Woody Herman (Decca version)

South of The Border – Música

“South of the Border” is a popular song describing a trip to Mexico, written by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr and published in 1939 for the film of the same name starring country star Gene Autry.

“South of the Border” (Gene Autry, 1939)


South of the Border, down Mexico way
That’s where I fell in love
When stars above came out to play
And now as I wander
My thoughts ever stray
South of the border, down Mexico way

She was a picture in old Spanish lace
Just for a tender while
I kissed the smile upon her face
For it was “Fiesta” and we were so gay
South of the border, down Mexico way

Then she sighed as she whispered “Mañana”
Never dreaming that we were parting
And I lied as I whispered “Mañana”
For that tomorrow never came

South of the border, I rode back one day
There in a veil of white
By candlelight she knelt to pray
The bells told me that I mustn’t stay
South of the border, down Mexico way
Ay-ay-ay-ay, (Ay-ay-ay-ay,) etc

It’s The Girl – Música

(Music: Abel Baer / Lyrics: Dave Oppenheim)

Boswell Sisters accompained by The Dorsey Brothers – It’s The Girl (1931)

It isn’t the paddle, it’s not the canoe,
It isn’t the river or skies that are blue,
It isn’t the love dreams that bring joy to you,
It’s the girl, oh, it’s the girl!

It isn’t the progress that you always want to do,
It isn’t the mountain flowers or the mornin’ dew,
It isn’t the love nest that brings love to you,
It’s the girl that makes you happy and it’s the girl that makes you blue!

You up and down men,
What a lonely world would be without them!

It isn’t the songbirds, the song that they sing,
It isn’t the sunshine that makes you like Spring,
So what is this magic that makes all the thing?
It’s the girl, oh, it’s the girl!

Some folks need atmosphere when they’re makin’ love,
They say old mother nature makes love grand!
Still, lovers will complain that they need a shove,
If you’re a Romeo, you’ll understand!

It isn’t the paddle, it’s not the canoe,
It isn’t the river or skies that are blue,
It isn’t the love beams that bring joy to you,
Wherever you go, whatever you do, it’s the girl!

It isn’t the progress that you wanna do,
It isn’t the mountains, the flowers or the mornin’ dew,
It isn’t the love nest that brings love to you,
It’s the girl, it’s the girl!

It’s not the places you go,
It’s not the crowd,
It’s not the folks you know,
Oh listen while I shout out loud!

It’s the girl!

Song of India – Música

Song of India” is a popular song adapted from an aria from Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1896 opera Sadko. In January 1937, Tommy Dorsey recorded an instrumental jazz arrangement featuring Bunny Berigan on trumpet, which became a jazz standard.

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra “Song of India” 1938

Happy days are here again – Música

  • Avui us poso aquesta peça per tal que aneu assumint la mena de món cap el que estem anant.

  • Fixeu-vos en les imatges, gaudiu de la música i no feu gaire cas de la lletra.


“Happy Days Are Here Again” is a song copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc./Advanced Music Corp. The song was recorded by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, with Lou Levin, vocal (November 1929),[citation needed] and was featured in the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows. The song concluded the picture, in what film historian Edwin Bradley described as a “pull-out-all-the-stops Technicolor finale, against a Great War Armistice show-within-a-show backdrop.” This early example of 2-strip Technicolor footage was, along with another Technicolor sequence, later cut from the 1931 re-edited release of the otherwise black-and-white film, and is believed to have been lost in the 1967 MGM Vault 7 fire.

Benjamin Bernard (“Ben”) Selvin (March 5, 1898 – July 15, 1980), son of Russian-immigrant Jewish parents, was a musician, bandleader, record producer and innovator in recorded music. He was known as The Dean of Recorded Music.

Ben Selvin Happy Days Are Here Again 1930


Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again
Altogether shout it now
There’s no one

Who can doubt it now
So let’s tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again
Your cares and troubles are gone
There’ll be no one from now on
From now on…
Happy days are here again
The skies above are here again
So, Let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy times
Happy nights
Happy days
Are here again!

Bugle Call Rag – Música

Bugle Call Rag“, also known as “Bugle Call Blues”, is a jazz standard written by Jack Pettis, Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel. It was first recorded by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in 1922 as “Bugle Call Blues”, although later renditions as well as the published sheet music and the song’s copyright all used the title “Bugle Call Rag”.

Benny Goodman Orchestra “Bugle Call Rag” 1936 Version