Carelessly – Teddy Wilson

Radio Days: Culture Changes

Episode 7

Episode date - September 27, 2019

How Music Changed

    As the 1930’s wore on, a significant cultural change started to take place.

    Slowly, it became more and more common for white and black musicians to share the bandstand. It might not seem like such a big deal by today’s standards, but it is important to remember that segregation was still in full swing at this time, and its eventual breakdown can be attributed directly to music and the musicians who chose to disregard cultural mores for the sake of their art.

    This miscegenation led to some incredible performances and after a while, what once may have caused more than a few to raise an eyebrow quickly became commonplace and socially acceptable. It was a cultural change where everybody benefited.

    Featured tracks include:

    The Yam – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

    Change Partners – Fred Astaire

    I Can’t Get Started – Bunny Berigan

    Wabash Cannon Ball – Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys

    Carelessly – Teddy Wilson

    Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman

    Don’t Be That Way – Benny Goodman

    September Song – Walter Huston

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