Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – B.B. King

The Great American Songbook: A New Decade            

Episode 20

Episode date - June 24, 2022

How Music Changed

    A lot of things started changing as the 1940s came around.

    Of course, the war in Europe has started to spread around the world, and as time passed it became more and more obvious that the United States was going to be drawn into the fray. On a happier note, music became the great unifier, pulling Americans together with popular songs that seemed to impress just about everyone who listened. Big bands were huge at this time, and their popularity was virtually unanimous, which is only one reason why Duke Ellington became a superstar at this time. As for technology, color film had reached the market, most obviously as an almost magical change in the middle of the timeless classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” Both this film and Ellington pay major roles in our song selections for this this edition of “The Great American Songbook.”

    Featured tracks include:

    I Thought About You – Dinah Washington

    If I Only Had a Brain – The Flaming Lips

    Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller

    Over the Rainbow – Jerry Lee Lewis

    Take the ‘A’ Train – Duke Ellington

    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – B.B. King

    Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered – Linda Ronstadt

    Fools Rush In – Zoot Sims

    I Could Write a Book – Ella Fitzgerald

    Imagination – Dean Martin

    It Never Entered My Mind – Frank Sinatra

    Polka Dots and Moonbeams – Wes Montgomery

    Taking a Chance on Love - - Tony Bennett

    Channel 28 - The Great American Songbook