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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1930's - 1940's: WHEN MUSIC WAS MUSIC

Listenable and singable music: It was with us right up to around the last quarter of the 20th century when America's musical taste yielded to the younger generation who, even though they retained a number of easy listening "Barry Manilow" songs,  opted for the more modern, perhaps a bit noiser music. My 30 year crusade to keep that music alive resulted in my many appearances at local senior citizen clubs as we sang along to the great music of the eras from the 1930's to the early 1950's, before "Be-Bop," " Rock 'n Roll," "Acid Rock," non melodic "Rap," which is rhythmic poetry minus musical accompaniment. The above graphic shows a young Bing Crosby in 1933., and again in the WWII musical "Here Come the Waves."

4 comments:

Jersey Girl said...

Hi Tom,
Even though I was a teenager in the 50's, I love the 30's and 40's music. My sisters were 10 - 11 years older than me, and I heard a lot of music all my life. They listened to Saturday Night Jukebox and whatever else was on. My parents were great Bing Crosby fans - I particularly remember his Christmas albums when they were played on the phonograph. Fortunately we can download some good old music online. My daughter does that a lot for me, so we do have some great oldies in our collection.

Ron Bound Sr said...

Always loved hearing his music when Dad played it. Was so disappointed when they took his name off the Pebble Beach golf tourney...the Bing Crosby Clambake, I heard a lot.

Nancy Briggs said...

That's the only kind of music for me!

Nancy Briggs said...

Just love it and can listen to it 24 7
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