This song could be considered the theme song of the entire decade
of the 1930's. The 30's was the era of the Great Depression
where millions of Americans were out of work and some incredibly
successful people found themselves in bread lines. The lyrics
to this song and the very sad music reflect the desperation
of the times. Written in 1931 by lyricist E. Y. "Yip"
Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, "Brother, Can You Spare
a Dime?" was introduced in the 1932 musical New Americana.
The song would go on to be recorded by such artists as Rudy
Vallee and Bing Crosby. It would be continue to be recorded
throughout the century. George Michael would record the song
for his 1999 album Songs from the Last Century. The song was
used in a poignant moment in the television comedy The Golden
Cab Calloway I've Got The World on a String
The song was written in 1932 and composed by Harold Arlen, with
lyrics written by Ted Koehler. The song was introduced by Cab
Calloway and Bing Crosby and would continue to be recorded throughout
the decade by many popular songsters including Frank Sinatra,
Barry Manilow and Michael Buble.
Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman Night and Day This song was written by Cole Porter and performed in the
musical The Gay Divorcee. Fred Astaire recorded the song and
it made it to the # 1 spot. He would again perform the song
in the film version of the show. This song is considered to
be one of Cole Porter's finest songs. This song was so connected
to Cole Porter that the biopic made in the 1940's about the
composer was titled Night and Day. The song would go on to be
recorded by celebrities as diverse as Frank Sinatra and Ringo
Starr. The song would be recorded and song again in a second
biography film of Cole Porter called Devovely. This time the
song was sung by John Barrowman, TVs Captain Jack Harkness,
and Keven Kline
.Paul Whiteman Willow Weep For Me
The song was written by Ann Ronell. Willow Weep For ME would
be considered a jazz standard but would be recoded again in
1964 by Chad and Jeremy and would make it into the top 40s that
How Deep Is The Ocean
How Deep Is The Ocean is a love song by Irving Berlin. This
is one of the few Berlin songs that was introduced directly
by radio and not part of a Broadway show. The song is a series
of questions that describes love by comparison. "The first
line sets the tone for the song, "How much do I love you,
I'll tell you no lie, how deep is the Ocean, how high is the
sky?" The song would be recorded by such great 20th century
artists as Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews and Eric Clapton. Recently
the song was added to the Broadway show Irving Berlins White
Christmas. So the song made it to Broadway seventy years later.
Tommy Dorsey Take My Hand Precious Lord
The music for this song was adapted from a song written in the
1800s called Maitland by George N. Allen. The Lyrics are by
Tommy Dorsey and were in response to the death of his wife while
giving a birth to a child, the child would ultimately die as
well. The song would be embraced by Christians and would be
recorded by many artists such as Anne Murray and Elvis Presley.
The song would follow a tradition in Christian Music which started
as far back as Martin Luther. The originator of the Reformation
would take popular music of the day and give the tune Christian
lyrics. The Hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" is
a good example of this..
All of Me
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Body and Soul
China My Chinatown
Keepin Out of Mischief Now
Kickin' The Gong Around
Lawd, You Made the NIght Too Long
Love You Funny Thing
Sweethearts on Parade
You Can Depend On Me
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