Culture Up: Music of the 1940’s

So, this post is a little bit of a cop-out (as if my last culture post wasn’t, amiright?).  I’m not actually learning and then presenting the information to you. I’m just presenting stuff I love. (Which is what us Giddy Goats are all about, right?)

Culture isn’t just confined to art and music that’s a hundred years old or more.  It can be a mere 80 years old, right?  So without further ado, I present to you…

Emador’s Top Ten Tracks of the 1940’s*

*I’m using the timeframe “1940’s” loosely, as most of these songs were released in the 1930’s, but were extremely popular during the 1940’s.

“Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller

If there is any song that feels like it encapsulates the 1940’s, it’s definitely this one.  When you listen to it, you can just hear soldiers saying goodbye to their sweethearts and sailors on leave falling in love with a girl in a new port,

“In the Mood” by Glenn Miller

The quintessential swing/big band song, used in countless movies, both new and old. If you listen to a remastered version or hear a big band play it live, it just begs to be danced to, doesn’t it?

“American Patrol” by Glenn Miller

Okay, so I really love Glenn Miller’s stuff. Can you blame me?  Everyone whom I play this song for asks me what Christmas song it is.  I don’t know why, but they think it’s a Christmas song when it’s so not. But it’s just so jazzy, you just want to snap along!

“Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman

Another extremely popular swing/big band song that you can now claim to know the name of!

“April in Paris” by Count Basie

This song has been covered by countless artists, however, the above version is the most famous and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Artie Shaw

This song was always popular, but it was made even more popular by Doo-Wop renditions of it in the 1950’s.  Sometimes lyrics are included, sometimes not, but I think the music stands on its own.

“Sentimental Journey” by Doris Day

This song’s release in 1945 coincided with Victory in Europe during WWII, so it became the unofficial anthem of people coming home and reuniting with loved ones.

“We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn

If “Sentimental Journey” was the unofficial anthem of reunion, then “We’ll Meet Again” was the unofficial anthem of the men and women going off to war. It also lent its name to a film released at the same time.

“I’ll Be Seeing You” by Jimmy Durante

Tamara Drasin introduced this song to the world on Broadway during the 15-performance run of Right This Way. Drasin also introduced the world to “Smoke Gets IN Your Eyes”  This song has been covered by numerous artists, but Jimmy Durante’s version is my favorite.  His tone gives the song an extra dose of bittersweetness.

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” by The Andrews Sisters

I would be remiss in listing 1940’s music without including at least one Andrews Sisters song. I should have included “Rum and Coca-Cola” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” but I listed too many Glenn Miller songs already. My bad.


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