Chart-Toppers of the Forties

Chart-Toppers of the Forties

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This must be the only album that can advertise itself as containing all recordings that spent at least eight weeks each at number one in the charts, if only because records tended to stay at the top of the charts longer in the 1940s than they did subsequently. But British archival label ASV/Living Era's Chart-Toppers of the Forties really does live up to its

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This must be the only album that can advertise itself as containing all recordings that spent at least eight weeks each at number one in the charts, if only because records tended to stay at the top of the charts longer in the 1940s than they did subsequently. But British archival label ASV/Living Era's Chart-Toppers of the Forties really does live up to its name, containing the biggest hits of 1940-1947. And what happened to 1948 and 1949? Well, albums like this exist because European copyright law extends only 50 years for recordings, allowing labels like ASV/Living Era to remaster old 78s from major labels like Columbia, Decca, and RCA Victor and create collections like this without licensing and paying royalties. But they would have to have waited a little longer to get the last two years of the decade in. They do have to pay song publishing royalties, but differences in the law in Europe make it more economical to have 25 tracks on a disc than it is in the U.S. All of this must be seen as an end-run around American law, however, since this compilation, which consists entirely of American artists and is keyed to the American charts, is clearly intended for the American market, where it is readily available, even though those major labels claim copyright on this material at home. But then, why should an American fan complain when such a collection would be nearly impossible to assemble stateside? (Note that the recording of "I'll Never Smile Again" credited to Frank Sinatra is the hit version by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Sinatra and the Pied Pipers on vocals, and that "Sentimental Journey," credited to Doris Day, is the hit version by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Day on vocals.)

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625529425
catalogNumber:
5294

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Murad   Track Performer
Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
Perry Como   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Doris Day   Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Vaughn Monroe   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Brown   Clarinet
Harry James   Trumpet,Track Performer
Artie Shaw   Clarinet,Track Performer
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Carle   Piano,Track Performer
Ray Eberle   Vocals
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Helen O'Connell   Vocals
Ted Weems   Track Performer
Ink Spots   Track Performer
Harmonicats   Track Performer
Tex Beneke   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Marjorie Hughes   Vocals
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
Glenn Miller   Trombone,Track Performer
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Francis Craig   Piano,Track Performer
Eddy Howard & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dexter and His Troopers   Track Performer
Chummy MacGregor   Piano
Elmo Tanner   Human Whistle

Technical Credits

Brown   Composer
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Julian Dash   Composer
Paul Baron   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Jeri Sullivan   Composer
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Jose Maria La Calle   Composer
Albert Gamse   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Ted Mossman   Composer
William Johnson   Composer

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Chart-Toppers of the Forties 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a teenager when this music was popularand thank goodness for tapes and CDs so I can remember this beautiful music. We danced to all the selections on this CD and Oh-what wonderful memories. I recommend it to all.