Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Louis Armstrong

The Great American Songbook: The Jazz Age

Episode 6

Episode date - February 18, 2022

How Music Changed

    The “Jazz Age” was more than just a new type of music. It also meant a new view on life and a less strict perspective regarding the world at large. Of course, those who loved the music denied it then and still deny it now, but the music most definitely DID result in a loosening of cultural and/or societal mores.

    Sexuality was more pronounced, more public, and more…varied. For the first time since God only knows when, it was okay to sing openly about sex, provided you did so with a clever wink, avoiding anything too obvious that might offend the censors. At this point in time, you’ll hear sexuality sneaking its way into some of the best-known compositions of this period. It was a glorious age, but its days were numbered.

    Featured tracks include:

    Embraceable You – Charlie Parker

    I Can’t Give You Anything but Love – Louis Armstrong

    I Wanna Be Loved by Lou – Helen Kane

    Let’s Do It – Eartha Kitt

    Love Me or Leave Me – Nina Simone

    Lover, Come Back to Me – Mildred Bailey

    Makin’ Whoopee – Eddie Cantor

    Nagasaki – Rickie Lee Jones

    Sonny Boy – Al Jolson

    You Took Advantage of Me – Ella Fitzgerald

    You’re the Cream in My Coffee – The Nat King Cole Trio

    Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Louis Armstrong

    Channel 28 - The Great American Songbook