Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles

The Great American Songbook: 1930

Episode 8

Episode date - March 11, 2022

How Music Changed

    So, the first classic decade of ‘popular’ songwriting established a trend that should have been nearly impossible to follow.

    Ten years of deeply sophisticated, clever, and emotionally moving songs appeared from the pens of a small number of immensely talented songsmiths that seemed unbeatable by any standard, but they only set the bar. Thanks to the technology of radio and film, along with the high-minded draw of theater, these writers probably saw themselves as simply filling a demand, but they pushed popular music to a level that was previously unknown. The trend continued into the next decade, as this show amply testifies.

    Featured tracks include:

    You Were Meant for Me – Sting

    Beyond the Blue Horizon – Michael Nesmith & the First National Band

    Body and Soul – Coleman Hawkins

    But Not for Me – Chet Baker

    Dancing on the Ceiling – Frank Sinatra

    Exactly Like You – Count Basie

    Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles

    Get Happy – Bud Powell Trio

    Happy Days Are Here Again – Lou Levin

    I Got Rhythm – Don Byas & Slam Stewart

    Little White Lies – Dick Haymes

    Love for Sale – Ella Fitzgerald

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