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The Great American Songbook: 1931 - Part 2

Episode 10

Episode date - March 24, 2022

How Music Changed

    If you wondered what music may have sounded like during the great depression, here is your answer, but it may not be what you expected.

    For the most part, there are only a few suggestions of hard times and financial difficulties. Most of the songs were about escapism, sounding as if nothing really changed very much. The reason for that is that things did not change very much for the average person, at least not right away. It took months or years for the ripple effect to reach the populace.

    Featured tracks include:

    Dancing in the Dark – Artie Shaw

    For All We Know – Billie Holiday

    Guilty – Margaret Whiting & Gerry Gray

    It Don’t Mean a Thing – Duke Ellington

    Love Letters in the Sand – Patsy Cline

    Nevertheless – Harry Nilsson

    Of Thee I Sing, Baby – Ella Fitzgerald

    Paradise – Russ Columbo

    You’re My Everything- Miles Davis Quintet

    Alone Together – Chet Baker

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    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? – Bing Crosby

    Channel 28 - The Great American Songbook