Glenn Miller Little Brown Jug
1869 would mark the public publishing of this song that would
remain part of American culture. The song is a drinking song
and though it waned popularity for a while it regained its
stature during the era of the 1920's and prohibition. Glenn
Miller and his orchestra would produce a swing version of
the tune and it would become a standard of the Big Band Era.
Andrew Sisters Beer Barrel Polka
This song, also known as Roll Out The Barrel, was written
in 1927 by a Czech muscian named Jaromir Vejvoda. As originally
written it was played without lyrics. The song became popular
with soldiers during World War II, but it's origins as well
as lyrics and translations came much earlier. The song would
be recorded by many artits and bands. The Wiggles made a recording
of it for their album and video Sailing Around The World.
If you grew up in Philadelphia you would be exposed to song
fairly early as it was a staple for yearly Mummers Parade.
Judy Garland Over The Rainbow
What can be said about Over The Rainbow that has not already
been written. The song was created by Harold Arlen with lyrics
by E.Y. Harburg for one of the most famous movies of the 20th
Century, The Wizard of OZ. The song is song by the character
of Dorothy Gale played by Judy Garland as she yearns for someplace
there would not be any trouble. Before the film's release
the song was threatened to be cut, but wiser heads prevailed.
The song would have had quite a different history and impact
if it had starred Shirley Temple as MGM would have preferred.
Temples little girl sweetness and attitudes would probably
not have the same impact as Garlands more mature voice.
The song would have very few recordings made by other artists
before Barbra Striesand would use the song in her 1986 One
Voice Concert that was performed on September the 6th at her
Malibu home for 5000.00 dollars a ticket. Miss Streisand would
pay homage to Garland before singing the song. Mr. Shue played
by Mathew Morrison would sing the song in the first season
finale of Glee.
Kate Smith God Bless America
Written by Irving Berlin, legend has it that Kate Smith called
Berlin and asked him to give her something new for her radio
program. Mr Berlin searched through his back files and pulled
out God Bless America. Kate Smith would perform the song to
almost immediate popularity. The song would long be associated
with Miss Smith and at the end of her life while she lived
in Philadelphia she sang the song regularly at The Philadelphia
Flyers home games. Philadelphia honored Miss Smith by erecting
a statue of her outside The Flyers Home Stadium. Many people
feel that this song would make a better national anthem that
Star Spangled Banner.
Kay Kyser Three Little Fishies
Three little Fishies is best described as a novelty song,
like Shaving Cream or They'r Coming To Take Me Away. Only
Three Little Fishies was is on the verge of cute and sweet
and fun. Sung by Kay Kyser, with words and music by Saxie
Dowell. The song would become a number one hit in 1939. But
it would live on as children in the 1930s would sing this
song to their children into the 1960s.
Mary Martin My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Written by Cole Porter for the musical Leave It To Me, this
song would introduce the world to Miss Mary Martin. In the
musical Miss Martin played the mistress of a newspaper publisher
and the 'Daddy" she is referring to is her lover. The
song is also done a strip tease, though, risqué, still
tame by today's standards. Gene Kelly would also make one
of his early appearances in the show. Miss Martin would go
on to become one of the queens of Broadway, sharing the crown
with the great Ethel Merman.
Miss Martin originated the role of Nellie Forbush in Rodger's
and Hammerstein's South Pacific in which she starred alongside
Enzio Pinza. This would be the first time a Broadway star
and an Opera Star would share the spotlight together. She
went on to again work with the musical team when she originated
the Role of Maria in The Sound Of Music. She also starred
in a musical version of Peter Pan which still appears on Broadway
from time to time. Miss Martin is the mother of Larry Hagman
the Co-star of I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas. Mary Martin
would title her autobiography My Heart Belongs.
Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds The Lion Sleeps Tonight
This song actually has two other titles Wimoweh and Mbube.
The song was written in the 1920s by Solomon Linda of the
Zulu tribe in Africa and first recorded there. The song would
make its way across the Atlantic to become a hit in 1939.
In the 1961 the song would become a number one hit when recorded
by the Tokens and is still played on radio stations today.
Walt Disney Studios would use the Lion Sleeps Tonight in it's
animated classic The Lion King.
Louis Armstrong When The Saints Go Marching In
If Jazz and New Orleans had a theme song When The Saints Go
Marching In would be it. The origin of the song is unknown,
but it began as a hymn and usually used as part of funeral
profession. While the casket was being taken to the cemetery
the song would be played as a dirge or as a slow march. On
the return from the cemetery the song would go upbeat and
would signify Jesus Christ's Triumph over death. The New Orleans
Football Team The Saints is named after this song.
Top Artists and Songs of 1939
Beer Barrel Polka
Hold Tight Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama)
We'll All Right (Tonight's the Night)
Tea For Two
I Poured My Heart Into A Song
Thanks For Everything
Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell
An Apple For Teacher
Hope & Shirley Ross
Two Sleep People
Bob Crosby and his Orchestra
Carmen Miranda and Dorival Caymmi
O Que & Que a Baiana Tem?
Begin the Beguine
Lester Leaps In
Cripple Clarence Lofton
I Don't Know
Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra
Your Feets Too Big
Frankie Masters and his Orchestra
Back in the Saddle Again
South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
Heaven Van Wait
Little Brown Jug
Man With the Mandolin
Over the Rainbow
Stairway to the Stars
Wishing (Will Make It So)
South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
Over The Rainbow
God Bless America
Three Little Fishes
When the Saints Go Marching In
And the Angels Sing
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Red Norvo and his Orchestra
Says My Heart
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhthym Orchestra
South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Ink Spots
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