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The Most Popular Song Hits And Performers Of 1940

   
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1940 Pop Standards and Artists

 

Cliff Edwards
When You Wish Upon A Star



Pinocchio was Disney's second full length animated movie. Using the formula that he used in Snow White Disney would add music to his story telling. When You Wish Upon a Star was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington and sung by Cliff Edwards, the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the film. The song was not part of the story but was song over the credits at the beginning of the film. The film would have two more songs that would be remembered, Give A Little Whistle and An Actor Life For Me. When You Wish Upon A Star, however, would go on to be added to the list of The One Hundred Greatest Songs In Film History by The American Film Institute. The song would take its place at number seven. The Walt Disney Studios would have three other songs on the list.

The Ink Spots
When The Swallows Come Back From Capistrano
This song was written by Leon Rene and was recorded in May of 1940. The recording reached #4 on the charts, but the same year Glenn Miller would record the song and his version would recording would reach number two that same year. The song is a longing of a lover for the return of his or her beloved. The song was written in a tribute to the annual return of the swallow to Capistrano.

Jimmy Davis
You Are My Sunshine
There are many people credited to have written You Are My Sunshine, so it maybe that the truth of this popular standard may never be known. The writers that claim credit are Oliver Hood, Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell are also credited with writing the song. History tells us that Davis bought the rights to the song from Paul Rice and put his name on it. This practice was not uncommon during the early days of music publishing. The song would go on to become the State Song Of Louisiana


Glenn Miller
Fools Rush In



With music written by Rube Bloom and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer this song would be recorded throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Artists that recorded the song besides Glenn Miller include Frank Sinatra, Rick Nelson in 1963 where it would hit #12 on the charts. Elvis Presley made his recording in 1971 and in 2010 She and Him also recorded the standard.

Glenn Miller
Pennsylvania 6 - 5000
PE 6 - 5000 is supposedly the oldest continuous phone number in New York City and is owned by The Hotel Pennsylvania. The story goes that many Big Bands played at The Hotel Pennsylvania and this is where the inspiration for the song came from. Written Jerry Gray and Carl Sigman the song would be #5 on The Bill Board Charts when recorded by Glenn Miller

Bob Crosby And His Orchestra
Down Argentine Way
With music by Harry Warren Lyrics by Mack Gordon this song was part of the movie musical by the same name. Produced by 20th Centry Fox, the film starred Don Ameche and Betty Grable. The song, however would be performed by Carmen Miranda and this would be the first time American audiences would see the Cuban singer. Miss Miranda would become well known for wearing large hats that looked like they were made out of fruit, such as pineapples.

  Top Artists and Songs of 1940
Buy It! Andrews Sisters
Ferryboat Serenade
Say Si Si (Para Vigo Me Voy)
South American Way
Buy It! Artie Shaw
Frenesi
Buy It! Benny Goodman
Seven Come Eleven
Buy It! Bing Crosby
Only Forever
Sierra Sue
Trade Winds
Buy It! Bob Chester Orchestra
Practice Makes Perfect
Buy It! Bob Crosby and his Orchestra
Down Argentina Way
Buy It! Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
New San Antonio Rose
Buy It! Bukka White
Special Stream Line
Buy It! Charlie Barnet
Pompton Turnpike
Where Was I?
Buy It! Cliff Edwards (Ukele Ike)
When You Wish Upon A Star
Buy It! Coleman Hawkins
Body and Soul
Buy It! Connee Boswell
On The Isle of May
Buy It! Dick Robertson
Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)
Buy It! Edith Piaf
L'accordeoniste
Buy It! Ella Fitzgerald
Five O'Clock Whistle
Buy It! Erskine Hawkins
Dolemite
Glenn Miller
Blueberry Hill
Careless
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)
I'd Know You Anywhere
Imagination
In The Mood
Pennsylvania 6-5000
The Woodpecker Song
Tuxedo Junction
When You Wish Upon A Star
Buy It! Jimmy Dorsey
The Breeze And I
Buy It! Jimmy Davis
You Are My Sunshine
Buy It! Judy Garland
I'm Nobody's Baby
Buy It! Kate Smith
The Woodpecker Song
Buy It! Kay Kyser
Ferryboat Serenade
Playmates
Buy It! Leo Reisman
Down Argentina Way
Buy It! Mildred Bailey
Darn That Dream
Buy It! Mitchell Ayres and his Fashions In Music
Make-Believe Island
Two Dreams Met
Buy It! Nat Gonella
I'm Nobody's Baby
Paul Robeson
Ballad For Americans
Buy It! Sammy Kaye
Dream Valley
Buy It! Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Down Argentina Way
Buy It! The Ink Spots
Java Jive
Maybe
We Three (My Echo My Shadow and Me)
When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano
Whispering Grass
Buy It! Tommy Dorsey
All The Things You Are
I'll Never Smile Again
Only Forever
Buy It! Vaughn Monroe
There I Go
Buy It! Will Bradley
Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar
Celery Stalks At Midnight
There I Go
Buy It! Woody Guthrie
Talking Dust Bowl Blues

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