Category Archives: USA-1940’s

Flying Home – Música

“Flying Home” is a jazz and jump blues composition written by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton with lyrics by Sid Robin. It was reportedly developed around a tune Hampton whistled as he nervously waited for his first flight on an aircraft.

1940 HITS ARCHIVE: Flying Home – Lionel Hampton (1940 Victor version)

1942 HITS ARCHIVE: Flying Home – Lionel Hampton (1942 Decca version) (instrumental)

Star Dust – Música

“Stardust” is a popular song composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added by Mitchell Parish in 1929. Carmichael recorded the song, originally titled “Star Dust”, at the Gennett studio in Richmond, Indiana. The “song about a song about love”, played in an idiosyncratic melody in medium tempo, became an American standard and is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century with over 1,500 recordings. In 2004, Carmichael’s 1927 recording of the song was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
–    Cover versions
Isham Jones’s recording became the first of many hit versions. Bing Crosby recorded a version on August 19, 1931 with studio orchestra directed by Victor Young, and by the following year, over two dozen bands had recorded “Stardust.” It was then covered by almost every prominent band of that era, including Artie Shaw in 1941 with solos by Billy Butterfield (trumpet) and Jack Jenney (trombone).

1941 HITS ARCHIVE: Star Dust – Artie Shaw (instrumental)

The Trolley Song – Música

“The Trolley Song” is a song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. In a 1989 NPR interview, Blane said the song was inspired by a picture of a trolleycar in a turn-of-the-century newspaper. In 1974 he had said that the picture was in a book he’d found at the Beverly Hills Public Library and was captioned “‘Clang, Clang, Clang,’ Went the Trolley.”

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (’44): “The Trolley Song”

1944 HITS ARCHIVE: The Trolley Song – Judy Garland

With my high-starched collar and my high-top shoes
And my hair piled high upon my head
I went to lose a jolly hour on the trolley and lost my heart instead
With his light brown derby and his bright green tie
He was quite the handsomest of men
I started to yen so I counted to ten
Then I counted to ten again

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley
Ding, ding, ding went the bell
Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings
From the moment I saw him I fell

Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Bump, bump, bump went the break
Thump, thump, thump went my heartstrings
When he smiled I could feel the car shake

He tipped his hat and took a seat
He said he hoped he hadn’t stepped upon my feet
He asked my name, I held my breath
I couldn’t speak because he scared me half to death

Buzz, buzz, buzz went the buzzer
Flop, flop, flop went the wheels
Stop, stop, stop went my heartstrings
As he started to go then I started to know
How it feels
When the Universe reels

The day was bright, the air was sweet
The smell of honeysuckle charmed you off your feet
You tried to sing but couldn’t squeak
In fact you loved him so you couldn’t even speak

Buzz, buzz, buzz went the buzzer
Flop, flop, flop went the wheels
Stop, stop, stop went my heartstrings
As he started to leave
I took hold of his sleeve with my hand
And as if it were planned

He stayed on with me
And it was grand just to stand
With his hand holding mine
To the end of the line

She’s Crazy With The Heat – Música

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was the first integrated all women’s band in the United States. During the 1940s the band featured some of the best female musicians of the day. They played swing and jazz on a national circuit that included the Apollo Theater in New York City, the Regal Theater in Chicago, and the Howard Theater in Washington, DC. After a performance in Chicago in 1943, the Chicago Defender announced the band was, “One of the hottest stage shows that ever raised the roof of the theater!” More recently, they have been labeled “the most prominent and probably best female aggregation of the Big Band era.” During feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s in America, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm regained a significant amount of popularity, particularly with feminist writers and musicologists who have made it their goal to change the discourse on the history of jazz to equally include both men and women musicians. Antionette Handy, flutist, documented the story of these female musicians of color.

International Sweethearts of Rhythm — She’s Crazy With The Heat

Gotta Be This or That – Música

Sunny Skylar (October 11, 1913 – February 2, 2009) was an American composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher. He was born Selig Shaftel in Brooklyn, New York. As a singer, he appeared with a number of big bands, including those led by Ben Bernie, Paul Whiteman, Abe Lyman, George Hall and Vincent Lopez. It was Lopez who changed the singer’s professional name from Sonny Schuyler to Sunny Skylar. After the end of the big band era, Skylar continued to sing in nightclubs and theaters until 1952.

(Sunny Skylar)

Benny Goodman & His Orch. (vocal: Benny Goodman) – 1945
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orch. (vocal: “Fats” Daniels) – 1945
Swing & Sway With Sammy Kaye (vocal: Nancy Norman) – 1945
Joe Loss & His Band (vocal: Elizabeth Batey) – 1945
Dick Haymes (with Gordon Jenkins & His Orch.) – 1945
Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers – 1945
Woody Herman & His Orch. – 1945
Emil Coleman & His Orch. (vocal: June Barton) – 1945
Joe Marsala’s All-Timers – 1945
Jacques Metehen & His Orch. (vocal: Jeannette Armand) – 1947
The Ames Brothers (with Hugo Winterhalter & His Orch.) – 1955
Ella Fitxgerald (with Marty Paich & His Orch.) – 1959
Anita O’Day (with Benny Goodman & His Orch.) – 1959
Teresa Brewer – 1983
Tom Postillo – 1993
Al Martino – 2000
Lannie Garrett – 2000
Dianne Reeves – 2005

Also recorded by:
The Andrews Sisters; The Millers; Ladislav Habart & His Orch.; Carole Carr with Geraldo & His Orch.; Artie Shaw & His Orch.; Victor Silvester & His Orch.; Dinah Shore; The Squadronaires; Count Basie & His Orch.; Jim Caruso; Ingrid Lutz; Mel Tormé; The Dreamers with Hazy Osterwald & His Orch.; Sal Andolina; Jane Harvey; Rick Reuther; Bobby Dukoff ……. and others.

Gotta Be This or That – Joan Barton – Emil Coleman Orch – 1945-16mm Soundie

If it ain’t wrong, it’s right
If it ain’t dark, it’s light
If you ain’t sure, you might
Gotta be this or that

If it ain’t full, it’s blank
If you don’t spend, you bank
If it ain’t Bing, it’s Frank
Gotta be this or that

Who can it be if it ain’t me
I know it’s not your mother
Can’t you see it’s gotta be
One way or the other

Tell me what I must know
If you don’t like, I’ll go
If it ain’t yes, it’s no
Gotta be this or that

Tell me what I must know
If you don’t like, I’ll go
If it ain’t yes, it’s no
Gotta be Gotta be this or that

Gotta be this or that

Red Bank Boogie – 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

Basie Boogies with the Big Band (’40s)


Danny Boy – Música

Danny Boy” is a ballad set to an ancient Irish melody. The words were written by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly and usually set to the Irish tune of the “Londonderry Air“. It is most closely associated with Irish communities.

Glenn Miller – Danny Boy (1940)

In the Mood – Música

In the Mood” is a popular big band-era #1 hit recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. It topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S. and one year later was featured in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. “In the Mood” is based on the composition “Tar Paper Stomp” by Wingy Manone. The first recording under the name “In the Mood” was released by Edgar Hayes & His Orchestra in 1938.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra — (1941) In the Mood [High Quality Enhanced Sound]

Bounce Me Brother With A Solid Four – From the movie “Buck Privates (1941)” – Música

Buck Privates is a 1941 musical military comedy film that turned Bud Abbott and Lou Costello into bona fide movie stars. It was the first service comedy based on the peacetime draft of 1940. The comedy team made two more service comedies before the United States entered the war (In the Navy and Keep ‘Em Flying). A sequel to this movie, Buck Privates Come Home, was released in 1947. Buck Privates is one of three Abbott and Costello films featuring The Andrews Sisters, who were also under contract to Universal Pictures at the time.

The Andrews Sisters – Bounce Me Brother With A Solid Four – From the  movie “Buck Privates (1941)”

Say, what kind of beat is that?
Man, it really spins my hat
Doesn’t sound like boogie woogie
‘Cause really got the beat
Seems to us that it’s in four
Let us hear it just once more
Come on and Latch on to that rhythm
Because a Solid four’s my beat

Some folks like to hear eight beat rhythm
I don’t go for that stuff no more
Anytime you really want to send me
Bounce me brother with a solid four

Come on in, the whole place is jumpin’
Every body’s out on the floor
If you want to keep the rhythm pumpin’
Bounce me brother with a solid four

The boogie woogie was never like this
We’ve got a new beat that no one can miss
if Boogie woogie sent like I think it did
Four to the bar will flip your lid

Move the tables and roll the rug up
Shut the windows and lock the door
While I try to dig the Li’l Brown Jug up
Bounce me brother with a solid four

Clang, clang, clang, clang, clang, clang
The joint is jumpin’ as it never did before
Clang, clang, clang, they’re saying
Bounce me brother with a solid four

The boogie woogie was never like this
We’ve got a new beat that no one can miss
If boogie woogie sent you like I think it did
Four to the bar will flip your lid

Move the tables and roll the rug up
Shut the windows and lock the door
While I try to dig the Li’l Brown Jug up
Bounce me brother with a solid four

A String Of Pearls – Música

A String of Pearls” is a 1941 song recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on RCA Bluebird, composed by Jerry Gray with lyrics by Eddie DeLange. The song is a big band and jazz standard.

1942 HITS ARCHIVE: A String Of Pearls – Glenn Miller (his original #1 version)