Brother, Can You Spare a Dime – Bing Crosby

The Great American Songbook: 1932

Episode 11

Episode date - April 8, 2022

How Music Changed

    As we mentioned last show, music of the depression era was mostly full of escapist fantasies based on love and/or longing, with few exceptions.

    The songs featured in this show were all published in the midst of the depression, and yet only one has a theme that addresses poverty directly. The unchallenged star of today’s program is Frank Sinatra, who provides us with three classic recordings.

    Featured tracks are:

    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime – Bing Crosby

    Don’t Blame Me – Nat King Cole

    How Deep Is the Ocean? – Frank Sinatra

    (I Don’t Stand) A Ghost of a Chance – Duke Ellington

    I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues – Louis Armstrong

    Isn’t It Romantic – Coleman Hawkins

    I’ve Got the World on a String – Louis Prima

    Let’s Put Out the Lights (and Go to Bed) – Dean Martin

    Mimi – Maurice Chevalier

    Night and Day – Frank Sinatra

    Say It Isn’t So – Greta Keller

    The Song Is You – Frank Sinatra

    Channel 28 - The Great American Songbook