Summertime – Miles Davis

The Great American Songbook: 1934

Episode 14

Episode date - May 6, 2022

How Music Changed

    Undoubtedly, 1934, was the year that the Great American Songbook coalesced into something that was blatantly obvious.

    The entire world of ‘Western’ pop music revolved around the sophisticated musings of learned Americans, led in particular by the culturally challenging observations of Cole Porter, who ruled contemporary music in a manner not so different from Oscar Wilde’s hold on contemporary literature just forty years previous.

    For a short period of time between the world wars, sophistication, literacy, worldly knowledge and a significant edginess challenging cultural mores defined the mainstream. For a short while, it was glorious.

    Featured tracks include:

    I Get a Kick Out of You – Tony Bennett

    I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’ – Brian Wilson

    I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingoes

    Lazy River – Louis Armstrong

    Miss Otis Regrets – Bryan Ferry

    On the Good Ship Lollipop -  Tiny Tim

    Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – The Crystals

    Stars Fell on Alabama – Ella and Louis

    Summertime – Miles Davis

    Winter Wonderland – Darlene Love

    You and the Night and the Music – Chet Baker

    You Go to My Head – Bryan Ferry

    You’re the Top – Cole Porter

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