Andrews Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince this song was the
first to be directly related to World War II. The song
told the story of a talented bugler that after he was
drafted, could only play Reveille until his captain organizes
a band for him to play with. The song would be a huge
hit for the Andrew Sisters and would not be forgotten.
It would make it back to the charts in 1973 as a hit for
Bette Midler. It would top out at #8 on the top 100 chart
and would go to #1 on the Billboard easy Listening chart.
Andrew Sisters I'll be With You In Apple Blossom Time
The song was written by Albert Von Tizler and Neville
Freeson, it was copyrighted in 1920 and recorded a number
of times before it hit #5 on the charts when recorded
by The Andrews Sisters. It would go on to be recorded
by such artists as Wayne Newton and Barry Manilow It
hit the charts at 31on the US charts when recorded by
Tab Hunter and #41 that same year on the UK charts when
recorded by Rosemary June.
Arite Shaw Stardust
This song is again hitting the charts after its initial
recording in 1926, by it's composer Hoagy Carmichael.
In 1956 on a disc jockey survey of their favorite records
of all time Stardust would come out as number one.
Billie Holiday God Bless The Child
This song was written by the original performer Billie
Holiday along with Arthur Herzog Jr, in 1939, it took
until1941 for the song to get recorded but in 1976 this
version of the song would be honored with the Grammy
Hall Of Fame Award.
The back story of the song is particularly interesting.
Billie Holliday tells the tale in her autobiography
Lady Sings The Blues, Holiday and her mother are having
an argument over money at some point Holiday says "God
bless the child that's got his own." This became
the starting point for a song. God Bless the Child would
go on to be recorded throughout the 20th century and
into the 21st, by such artists as Lou Rawls, Liza Minnelli,
Diana Ross and in the 21st century Moby.
Duke Ellington Take The A Train
The song was written by Billy Strayton as new signature
song for Duke Ellington and His Orchestra after Ellington
found he could no longer use the song that had been
his signature, "Sepia Panorama" due to issues
with licensing. The song would stay Duke Ellington's
as very few others would record the song
Eddie Duchin I Could Write A Book
The Musical Pal Joey was where this song made it's debut
written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. It was first
sung by Gene Kelly who would go on to become one of
the biggest stars in MGMs Galaxy. Pal Joey concerned
the love affair between an amoral nightclub performer
and the wife of a rich man. It was cynical, which was
different for a Broadway show at the time. Critic would
not agree about its merits, but it would be revived
several times over the years. A film was made of the
show which starred Frank Sinatra.
Glenn Miller Orchestra Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga Choo Choo was written by Harry Warren, the
music and Mack Gordon, lyrics and originally performed
in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. The film starred Sonja
Henie and Milton Berle. The Orchestra leader Glenn Miller
also had a lead role in the film. The song was originally
performed as a vocal number that went into a production
number. It would be recorded as a single by Glenn Miller
for RCA Victor and would remain 9 weeks on the Billboard
charts at number one. The recording would be honored
with the first Gold Record on February 10, 1942.
Harry James I Don't Want To Walk Without You
With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Frank Loesser
and was first performed by Betty Jane Rhodes in the
film Sweater Girl released by paramount Pictures. Irving
Berlin would say of all the songs he had heard this
song was the one he wished he had written. When recorded
by Harry James and his orchestra it would hit number
one and would again appear on the charts at number 36
when recorded by Barry Manilow in early 1980.
Judy Garland It's a Great Day For The Irish
The Irish love thier muisci especially on St. Patrick's
Day. This song was written by one of the music directors
for MGM Studios, Rodger Edens. The song, written especially
for Judy Garland, to show off her strong vocal talents
was added to the score of the George m Cohan Musical
Little Nellie Kelly. The song was sung during a recreation
of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Garland
would sing this song in many of her concerts, and for
many Irish Americans this song is considered an Anthem
for the St. Patrick Holiday.
Top Artists and Songs of 1941
When that Man is Dead and Gone
The Wise Old Owl
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Bounce Me Brother
I'll Be With You (In Apple Blossom Time)
Dancing In The Dark
Summit Ridge Drive
There'll Be Some Changes Made
Big Maceo Merriweather
Worried Life Blues
God Bless The Child
I Hear A Rhapsoy
Take the 'A' Train
I Could Write a Book
Walking the Floor Over You
Piano Concerto in B Flat
High on a Windy Hill
Let Me Off Uptown
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Song of the Volga Boatmen
String of Pearls
You and I
Intermezzo (Souvenir De Vienne)
The Band Played On
By The Sleepy Lagoon
I Don't Want To Walk Without You
You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)
I Don't WAnt To Set The World On Fire
The Hut Hut Song (A Swedish Serenade)
Vine Street Blues
Amapola (Pretty Little Puppy)
High on a Windy Hill
I Hear A Rhapsody
My Sister and I
Joe Loss Orchestra
'V' Stands for Victory
It's A Great Day For The Irish
Alexander the Swoose (Half Swan Half Goose)
(Lights Out) Til Reveille
Sons of the Pioneers
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me)
Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra
This Love of Mine
Two in Love
Do I Worry?
Let's Get Away From It All
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
The Last Time I saw Paris
There I Go
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
She Belongs to the Devil
You Are My Sunshine
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