Tuesday, January 26, 2010

40's Hits Country: Great Records of the Decade Vol. 1

40's Hits Country: Great Records of the Decade Vol. 1

This album has many good 40s country songs. My favorites are "Slipping Around" by Jimmy Wakely & Margaret Whiting, "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Al Dexter, and "You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmy Davis. Other songs here are "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)", "Mule Train", "Divorce Me C.O.D.", "Humpty Dumpty Heart", "(I Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle ", "I Love You Because", "Oklahoma Hills", and "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)".

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On the Town

On the Town

This 1949 movie musical is one of my favorites. It stars Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, and Betty Garrett. Three sailors, Chip (Frank Sinatra), Gabey (Gene Kelly), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin), are on a 24 hour shore leave in New York City. They fall in love with a picture of "Miss Turnstiles" (Vera-Ellen). In searching for her, they meet Claire (Ann Miller), and Hildy (Betty Garrett). The movie is very fun, with a lot of dancing and singing. Ann Miller is one of my favorite 40s actresses, and she shines in this musical, especially in the "Prehistoric Man" singing and dance scene.

40's Hits: Great Records of the Decade Vol. 1

40's Hits: Great Records of the Decade Vol. 1

This album has many good 40s songs by various artists. Some of my favorites are "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" by Johnny Mercer, "The Trolley Song" by Judy Garland, "Personality" by Johnny Mercer, "Rum and Coca Cola" by the Andrews Sisters, and "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Glenn Miller songs

I listed some 40s songs I like by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. They are all on my must hear 40s songs list.

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
When You Wish Upon a Star

The Only Big Band CD You'll Ever Need

The Only Big Band CD You'll Ever Need

This is a nice collection of big band, swing, songs from the 30s and 40s. Some highlights are "Take the "A" Train", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Begin the Beguine, "In the Mood", "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", "Cherokee", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "I'm in the Mood for Love", "Frenesi", and "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) (Parts 1 & 2)".