April 4, 2012

The 40s rocked!

Well, not literally, as rock 'n' roll wasn't quite a thing yet, but during March I became completely enamored of 40s music.

Speaking of March, we missed it, Blog! Mea culpa, 39 readers, for neglecting keeping you abreast. We were definitely thinking of you!  While listening a lot to Sirius XM 40s on 4.  I've always been a Big Band fan, but I discovered a source of all kinds of great music from the 40s, and now I'm obsessed.

So, mostly for my own pleasure but hopefully also for some of yours, I compiled my list of Top 25 Songs from the Big Band/Swing Era, in no particular order.  And I picked five of them that would be the ones I'd take to the desert island, interspersed here for you to take a listen if you wish.

Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
String of Pearls - Glenn Miller
In the Mood - Glenn Miller
Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller
Stompin' at the Savoy - Benny Goodman

Jersey Bounce - Benny Goodman
Down South Camp Meeting - Benny Goodman
Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman
Moonglow - Benny Goodman
Opus One - Tommy Dorsey

On the Sunny Side of the Street - Tommy Dorsey
Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey
Stardust - Artie Shaw
Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw
Take the A Train - Duke Ellington

Satin Doll - Duke Ellington
Deep Purple - Kay Kyser
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters
Laura - Woody Herman

Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins
720 in the Books - Jan Cavitt
Brazil - Xavier Cugat
Skyliner - Charlie Burnet
You Made Me Love You - Harry James

They sure don't write 'em like they used to, Blog.

1 comment:

  1. I have just been swinging my heart out with Glen and Tommy! Could do with a lot more of these :)