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The Most Popular Song Hits And Performers Of 1938


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1938 Pop Standards and Artists

 

Al Donahue
Jeepers Creepers
The song made its first appearance in the 1938 film Going Places which starred Dick Powell Anita Louise and a future President of the United States Ronald Reagan. The song was actually sung to a horse by his trainer. The trainer was played by Louis Armstrong. The term Jeepers Creepers was actually slang for Jesus Christ and the term predated the movie and the song. In 2001 a film entitled Jeepers Creeper would appear as a horror movie. Jeepers Creepers would be heard right before the monster would appear.

Andrew Sisters
Shortnin Bread
The origins of this song are vague. Although considered a traditional plantation song the first published record of the lyrics was 1900 by a white poet named James Whitcomb Riley. The song would then be revised and republished again 1915 by E. C. Perrow. This is more the song that we know of today

Here a recipe for Shortening Bread retrieved from the website Suite 101. 2 cups all purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda, ½ cup butter milk, A quarter cup plus two tables spoons butter 1 cup molasses and 1 egg slightly beaten. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease and flower a cast iron skillet. In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and set it aside. . In another small dish dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk. Set that aside also. . In a heavy saucepan, stir the butter and molasses and bring it to a boil. Stir it constantly. Add the molasses mixture to the flour, Stir in and then add the buttermilk and soda and then the beaten egg. Pour the whole mixture into the skillet and place in the oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes

Bing Crosby
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
With music by Harry Warren and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby would be featured in Hard To Get and sung by Dick Powell. But it had been popular before the film's release as it was recorded by Bing Crosby and became a mega hit for the already famous crooner.

Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
Thanks For The Memories



Bob Hope wasn't exactly known for his singing voice, though he could carry a tune. This song is a bitter sweet comedy romp through a couples breaking up. However the song would become Hope's theme song which he closed almost all of his shows. Mr. Hope would become famous for his patriotism especially during war years as he would travel the world to perform for American troops bringing along many celebrities of the day, usually beautiful women like Raquel Welsh and Ann Margaret. The song would be done as a spoof on an Episode of The Golden Girls which guest starred Hope. Sophia, played by Estelle Getty, would change the words to "Thanks for the Medicare."

Elle Fitzgerald
A Tisket A Tasket
The song is a reworked nursery rhyme that was originally published in the late 1800s. It was considered a rhyming game in the same way as Ring a Round the Rosie was done as children held hands an moved in a circular fashion. In 1938 Elle Fitzgerald updated the words of A Tisket A Tasket and turned in to one of the great Jazz Standards.

Fats Waller
Two Sleepy People
This song was originally published in 1938 with music by Hoagy Carmichael and Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Carmichael himself would record the song along with such artists as Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Seth McFarlane would also record the song. The song is the story of two people who are so much in love they do not want to go to sleep. On a humorous note, the song would be recorded by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton as their characters of Archie and Edith Bunker.

Fred Astaire
Nice Work If You Can Get It
The song was written by George and Ira Gershwin for the movie musical A Damsel in Distress. In the movie the song was sung by Fred Astaire, who would turn it into a hit. The song became a part of the Gershwin musical Crazy For You and eventually would have a Broadway show of its own named after it.

Adriana Caselotti
Whistle While You Work



Whistle While You Work was written for Walt Disney's first full length cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Frank Churchill, music and Larry Morey, lyrics. The movie was a huge risk for Disney as a full length animated film had never been attempted before. The song is an upbeat encouragement sung by Snow White as she cleans up the Dwarfs Cottage with the help of the good forest animals. The movie would go on to win Disney a special Academy Award made with one large oscar statue and seven smaller ones. The award was presented to Mr. Disney by child actress Shirley Temple.


Walter Huston
September Song
This 1938 popular song was written by Kurt Weill, music and Maxwell Anderson, lyrics for the show Knickerbocker Holiday. The show would have a successful run but the song would out live the show. September Song would be recorded by such artists as Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. Opera and Broadway star Enzio Pinza would also make a recording of this song shortly before his death. The song would go on to be used in the 1950 film September Affair.

  Top Artists and Songs of 1938
Buy It! Al Donahue
Jeepers Creepers
Buy It! Allan Jones
Donkey Serenade
Buy It! Andrews Sisters
Bei Mir Bist Do Schoen
Shortnin' Bread
Buy It! Andy Kirk
I Won't Tell A Soul (That I Love You)
Buy It! Artie Shaw
Any Old Time
Begin The Geguine
They Say
Buy It! Benny Goodman
Don't Be That Way
Buy It! Billie Holiday
I'm Gonna Lock My Heart
Buy It! Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Buy It! Bing Crosby
I've Got A Pocketful of Dreams
Mexicali Rose
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
Buy It! Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
Thanks For The Memory
Buy It! Boswell Sisters
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Buy It! Bunny Berigan
I Can't Get Started
Buy It! Carmen Miranda
Camista Listada
Buy It! Count Basie
Jumpin' At The Woodside
Panassie Stomp
Buy It! Duke Ellington
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Buy It! Ella Fitzgerald
A-Tisket A-Tasket
Buy It! Fats Waller
Two Sleepy People
Buy It! Fred Astaire
Change Partners
Nice Work If You Can Get It
The Yam
Buy It! Guy Lombardo
Ti-Pi-Tin
Buy It! Horace Heidt
Ti-Pi-Tin
Buy It! Jimmy Dorsey
Change Partners
Deep Purple
Buy It! Kay Kyser
The Umbrella Man
Buy It! Kokomo
Goin' Down In Galilee
Buy It! Larry Clinton
Always and Always
Cry, Baby, Cry
Heart and Soul
Martha
My Reverie
You Go To My Head
Buy It! Martha Tilton
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Buy It! Mildred Bailey
So Help Me
Buy It! Ray Noble
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Buy It! Red Norvo and his Orchestra
Please Be Kind
Buy It! Robert Johnson
Honeymoon Blues
Stop Breakin' Down Blues
Buy It! Russ Morgan
I've Got A Pocketfull of Dreams
Buy It! Sammy Kaye
Love Walked In
Buy It! Seven Dwarfs
Whistle While You Work
Buy It! Shep Fields and his Ripplin Rythm Orchestra
Cathedral In The Pines
Whistle While You Work
Buy It! Sidney Bechet
Summertime
Buy It! Slim and Slam
The Flat Foot Floogie
Buy It! Tampa Red
Lua Mae
Buy It! Tommy Dorsey
Boogie Woogie
Music, Maestro, Please
My Own
Now It Can Be Told
Buy It! Tommy Trinder
I Don't Do Things Like That
Buy It! Walter Huston
September Song
Buy It! Woody Herman
Four Brothers

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