A Fine Romance – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

The Great American Songbook: 1935-1936

Episode 16

Episode date - May 20, 2022

How Music Changed

    As the decade progressed, the pain from the Great Depression slowly began to dissipate, due largely to the policies of the Roosevelt administration, but also due to changes in American culture.

    The record business grew in leaps and bounds around this time, providing solace and distraction when it was most needed. It was around this time that Billboard published its first “Hit Parade.” A side effect of the rise in the popularity was a ‘sweetening’ of the pop songs from this era. The ‘Great American Songbook’ writers remained as clever as ever, but more of the songs were romantic in nature, with melodies meant to appeal to the masses.

    Featured songs include:

    The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – Sonny Rollins

    My Romance – Carly Simon

    September in the Rain – The Beatles

    Top Hat, White Tie and Tails – Fred Astaire

    You Are My Lucky Star – Louis Armstrong

    A Fine Romance – Ella and Louis

    Glad to Be Unhappy – Frank Sinatra

    I Can’t Escape from You – Johnnie Ray

    I Can’t Get Started – Bunny Berigan

    It’s De-Lovely – Ella Fitzgerald

    I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra

    Let’s Face the Music and Dance – Fred Astaire

    Pennies from Heaven – Bing Crosby

    Channel 28 - The Great American Songbook