Take the ‘A’ Train – Duke Ellington

Radio Days: Just Before the War

Episode 10

Episode date - October 18, 2019

How Music Changed

    1941 provided one last great burst of creativity before things got turned upside down when The United States entered the war after the December 7 bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    The music world was further sidelines by a musician’s strike that stretched from 1942 to 1944, leaving precious little new music to accompany our war effort. Here are a few of the biggest and best recordings from the months before the war came to us.

    Featured tracks include:

    Amapola – Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat – Freddy Martin

    Stardust – Artie Shaw

    A String of Pearls – Glenn Miller

    Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glenn Miller

    You Made Me Love You – Harry James Orchestra

    Take the ‘A’ Train – Duke Ellington

    Trav’lin Light – Billie Holiday

    All For You – Nat King Cole Trio

    For Me and My Girl – Judy Garland and Gene Kelly

    Night and Day – Frank Sinatra

    Brazil – Xavier Cougat

    Sweet Lorraine – Nat King Cole

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