Misty – Johnny Mathis

The Great American Songbook: 1950-1955

Episode 28

Episode date - August 19, 2022

How Music Changed

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but as the 1950’s rolled around, the Great American Songbook seemed to show signs of strain.

    It was competing with an entirely new landscape that was not interested in the status quo. Jazz was straining against the mainstream, while simultaneously relying on the ‘Songbook’ for material. Meanwhile, the smaller bands that replaced big bands were moving quickly toward a more intense R&B feel, with an emphasis on Black culture that had little use for the self-imposed sophistication of the Great American Songbook. Nevertheless, the songs that fit the bill at this point in time retained the intelligence and grace that defined their legacy.

    Featured tracks include:

    The Man That Got Away – Judy Garland

    If I Were a Bell – Dinah Washington

    Luck Be a Lady – Frank Sinatra

    That’s Entertainment – Judy Garland

    Satin Doll – Clarence Gatemouth Brown

    That’s Amore – Dean Martin

    All of You – Ella Fitzgerald

    Fly Me to the Moon – Tony Bennett

    Midnight Sun – Ella Fitzgerald

    Misty – Johnny Mathis

    Something’s Gotta Give – Mel Torme

    Inamorata – Jerry Vale

    Love Is a Many Splendored Thing – Clyde McPhatter 

    Channel 28 - The Great American Songbook