Skeeter Davis & NRBQ

The Great American Songbook: 1938

Episode 18

Episode date - June 3, 2022

How Music Changed

    By 1938, the ‘Big Band’ era was well under way. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, along with its myriad offshoots, performed at Carnegie Hall, marking the first time that jazz music was allowed in the renowned theatre.

    As we’ve discussed, the Great American Songbook was perfect fodder for jazz musician. Whether in big bands or smaller outfits, it was this group of songwriters who provided them with sophisticated songs that were simultaneously appealing to a discerning public. More and more, songs written for films were providing a large percentage of the material.

    Featured tracks include:

    Someday My Prince Will Come – Skeeter Davis & NRBQ

    That Old Feeling – Bob Dylan

    They Can’t Take That Away from Me – Tony Bennett

    Too Marvelous for Words – Nat King Cole

    Where or When – Dion & the Belmonts

    With Plenty of Money and You - Tony Bennett

    Falling in Love with Love – The Supremes

    God Bless America – Kate Smith

    Heart and Soul – The Cleftones

    I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday

    Love Is Here to Stay – Frank Sinatra

    My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Eartha Kitt

    The Nearness of You – Ella and Louis 

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