Tag Archives: USA-1940’s

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.

GOTTA BE THIS OR THAT
(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

Anuncis

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)

COUNT BASIE – DANCE OF THE GREMLINS / SWINGINGTHE BLUES / REDBANK BOOGIE

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)

Artie Shaw: Nonstop Flight – Música

Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction.
Widely regarded as “one of jazz’s finest clarinetists,” Shaw led one of the United States’ most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter‘s “Begin the Beguine.”

Artie Shaw – Nonstop Flight

Harry James “Trumpet Blues & Cantabile” – Música

Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an American musician who is best known as a trumpet playing band leader who led a big band from 1939 to 1946. He broke up his band for a short period in 1947 but shortly after he re-organized and was active again with his band from then until his death in 1983. He was especially known among musicians for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone, and was extremely influential on up and coming trumpet players from the late 1930s into the 1940s. He was also an actor in a number of motion pictures that usually featured his bands in some way.

Harry James “Trumpet Blues & Cantabile”

Skyliner – Música

Charles Daly “Charlie” Barnet (October 26, 1913 – September 4, 1991) was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader.

His major recordings were “Skyliner”, “Cherokee”, “The Wrong Idea”, “Scotch and Soda”, “In a Mizz”, and “Southland Shuffle”.

Charlie Barnet – Skyliner

Gimme Some Skin, My Friend – Música

“Gimme Some Skin, My Friend”, (performed by The Andrews Sisters in the Abbott and Costello film In the Navy) w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul

Andrews Sisters – Gimme Some Skin, My Friend

You like my smile
You like my style
Well, why don’t you make me know it?
You like my walk
You like my talk
Well, there’s only one way to show it

If you want to shake my hand
Like they do it in Harlem
Stick your hand right out and shout
Gimme some skin, my friend

Step right up and take your stand
You don’t have to be timid
Stick your hand right out and shout
Gimme some skin, my friend

Smack it
Wack it
Let your hand rotate
Show it
Blow it
Put it in your pocket till a future date

If you want to shake my hand
Like they do it in Harlem
Stick your hand right out and shout
Gimme some skin, my friend

If you like my style
Well show it
If you like my smile
Let me know it
If you like my walk
Please tell me
If you like my talk
Well, skin me papa, skin me

If you want to shake my hand
Like they do it in Harlem, baby
Stick your hand right out and shout
Gimme some skin, my friend

Step right up and take your stand
You don’t have to be timid, baby
Stick your hand right out and shout
Gimme some skin, my friend

Smack it
Wack it my friend
Let your hand rotate
Show it
Blow it
Put it in your pocket till a future date

Step right up (what for) and shake my hand
Like they do it in Harlem today, (how do they do it)
Just stick your hand out and give out with the shout
Gimme some skin, my friend

If you want to shake my hand
Like they do it in Harlem
Stick your hand right out and shout
Gimme some skin
Gimme some skin
Gimme some skin, my friend