1933 Music – Pop Standards and Artists

1933 Pop Standards and Artists

You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Young And Healthy
The Gold Diggers Song (We’re In The Money)
Shuffle Off To Buffalo

These four songs originated in the film 42nd Street. The movie musical was made by Warner Brothers Studios and starred Ruby Keeler. The musical also starred Ginger Rodgers and Dick Powell, who would go on to star in The Thin Man movie series. This movie was a milestone for the film industry. It was the first film choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Berkeley would move onto to MGM where he would be a major contributor to the films starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.

42nd Street told the story of an unknown that goes to her first audition and is hired but then ends up as the star when the lead hurts herself. The movie would be popular for years, but in 1980 the movie would go to Broadway starring Jerry Orbach and Tammy Grimes. 42nd Street would the Tony Award for best musical in 1981. A major revival would be launched in 2001.

Don Bestor and his Orchestra
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

This song was originally written for The Disney short, The Three Little Pigs. The song was written by Frank Churchill with additional lyrics by Ann Ronell. The song would become incredibly popular and would become a classic children’s song. It would last long after 1933 and be recorded by many different artists including Barbra Streisand. Significantly this song would be the first song from a Disney film to appear on the charts, there would be many more to follow.

Ethel Waters
Stormy Weather
This song was written in 1933 by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Ethel Waters first sang it at The Cotton Club night club in Harlem in 1933 and then recorded it later that year. Stormy Weather would become even more popular when recorded by Lena Horne in 1942. She would record the song again for a film that used the song as its title.

Duke Ellington
Sophisticated Lady
Was originally composed as an instrumental in 1932 by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills, Words were added by Mitchell Paris and Ellington liked them, but they didn’t go with his original conception of the song. Still the following year the song would become a hit. Linda Ronstadt and the band Chicago would also record the song.

Henry King and his Orchestra
April in Paris
This song composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg in 1932 for the Broadway musical, Walk A Little Faster. The musical itself would be forgotten but the song would move and be recorded by Glenn Miller Doris Day and Tommy Dorsey.

Leo Reisman and Clifton Webb
Easter Parade

 Written by Irving Berlin in 1933 for the musical As Thousands Cheer, Easter Parade would go on to be sung by Bing Crosby in the movie Holiday Inn which would introduce the song White Christmas and then would be sung by Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in a film named after the song. Easter Parade is a song celebrating the tradition of The Easter Parade which goes on all over America on Easter Sunday.

Wayne King
Blue Danube
Was written by Johann Strauss II in 1865 and would be performed for the first time in 1866. The piece would make its American debut in 1867. The piece would have words added by poet Joseph Wey and Strauss would later write additional music for the piece. The song was not immediately popular but in the end, would be one of Strauss’s best compositions. The song would become popular again when it was used in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Top Artists and Songs of 1933

Ben Bernie
Let’s All Sing Like The Birdies Sing
Bing Crosby
Just An Echo In The Valley, You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me, I’ve Got To Sing A Torch Song, Shadow Waltz, Thanks, Temptation, Thanks, The Day You Came Along, Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?, We’ll Make Hay While The Sun Shines, The Last Round-Up, Young and Healthy
Carmen Miranda and Mario Reis
Alo Alo
Dick Powell
Gold Digger’s Song (We’re In The Money)
Don Bestor and his Orchestra
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, The Last Round-Up
Duke Ellington
Sophisticated Lady, Drop Me Off At Harlem, I’m satisfied, In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Eddie Duchin
Hold Me, Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?, Night and Day
Ethel Waters
Stormy Weather
Gene Autry
The Last Round-Up
George Olson
The Last Round-Up
Greta Keller
Lover (Rogers and Hart)
Guy Lombardo
The Last Round Up, Lover (Rogers and Hart), Stormy Wather (Keeps Rainin’ All The Time)
Hal Kemp
Shuffle Off To Buffalo
Henry King and his Orchestra
Aoril In Paris
Joe Venuti and his Blue Six
Jazz Me Blues
Leo Reisman & Clifton Webb
Easter Parade
Leo Reisman
Yesterdays, Stormy Weather
Louis Armstrong
Hobo You can’t Ride This Train, That’s My Home, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Mae West
I Like a Guy What Takes His time
Paul Whiteman
Lover (Rogers and Hart), a Faewell to Arms, It’s Only A Paper Moon, You’re An Old Smoothie, Rise N Shine, Eadie Was a Lady
Ray Noble
Love Is The Sweetest Thing
Spike Hughes and his All-American Orchestra
How Come You Do Me Like You Do
Ted Fio Rito
Hold Me
Ted Weems
Gold Digger’s Song (We’re In The Money)
Ted Williams
Lazybones
Victor Young
The Last Round-Up
Wayne King
Blue Danube