Forty Number One Hits of the Forties

Forty Number One Hits of the Forties

     
 

Except for the rare AM station, or swing jazz programs on NPR, the music of the 1940s seems to belong to some misty, romanticized past. Forty #1 Hits of the Forties, then, serves as a refresher course on ten years of popular American music history. This two-disc set follows chronological order and includes four number one hits from each year. With a combination…  See more details below

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Except for the rare AM station, or swing jazz programs on NPR, the music of the 1940s seems to belong to some misty, romanticized past. Forty #1 Hits of the Forties, then, serves as a refresher course on ten years of popular American music history. This two-disc set follows chronological order and includes four number one hits from each year. With a combination of crooners (Bing Crosby), big bands (Glenn Miller), and vocal groups (the Inkspots), the music of the era is incredibly eclectic. The collection begins with the dominance of the big bands in the early '40s, including notable instrumentals like Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" and Glenn Miller's "In the Mood." Swing's sway, however, declined in popularity following a recording ban on musicians in 1942. As a result, vocalists like the Mills Brothers ("Paper Doll"), Dorothy Collins ("Swingin' on a Star"), and the Andrew Sisters ("Rum and Coca Cola") came to prominence on the charts. Forty #1 Hits of the Forties also includes western fare originally introduced by singing cowboys on the silver screen. Al Dexter tells of the dangers of getting involved with the wrong type of girl in "Pistol Packin' Mama" while Vaughn Monroe sings an early version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Many other familiar names appear on this set--Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, and Perry Como--making it a rich and varied collection. For those that remember the era, Forty #1 Hits of the Forties promises a nostalgia-filled trip to yesteryear. To everyone else, the set provides a comprehensive overview of the popular music of the era. ~ sql=Ax9e997ldkrgt

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742030723
catalogNumber:
307

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Frenesi  - Artie Shaw
  2. Tuxedo Junction  - Glenn Miller
  3. I'll Never Smile Again  - Tommy Dorsey
  4. In the Mood  - Glenn Miller
  5. Amapola  - Jimmy Dorsey
  6. Chattanooga Choo Choo  - Glenn Miller
  7. Piano Concerto in B Flat  - Freddy Martin
  8. Daddy  - Sammy Kaye
  9. Moonlight Cocktail  - Glenn Miller
  10. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle  - Kay Kyser
  11. Tangerine  - Jimmy Dorsey
  12. (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo  - Glenn Miller
  13. I've Heard That Song Before  - Harry James
  14. Paper Doll  -  Mills Brothers
  15. Pistol Packin; Mama  -  Dexter
  16. Sunday, Monday or Always  - Bing Crosby
  17. Shoo Shoo Baby  - Stan Kenton
  18. Swingin' on a Star  - Dorothy Collins
  19. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)  - Harry James
  20. Don't Fence Me In  - Bing Crosby

Disc 2

  1. Rum and Coca-Cola  -  Andrews Sisters
  2. Till the End of Time  - Perry Como
  3. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe  - Johnny Mercer
  4. Sentimental Journey  -  Brown
  5. The Gypsy  -  Ink Spots
  6. Oh! What It Seemed to Be  - Frankie Carle
  7. To Each His Own  - Eddy Howard
  8. Rumors Are Flying  - Frankie Carle
  9. Heartaches  - Ted Weems
  10. Near You  - Francis Craig
  11. Ballerina  - Vaughn Monroe
  12. Peg of My Heart  -  Harmonicats
  13. Manana  - Peggy Lee
  14. Nature Boy  - Nat King Cole
  15. Twelfth Street Rag  - Pee Wee Hunt
  16. Buttons and Bows  - Dinah Shore
  17. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky  - Vaughn Monroe
  18. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)  - Frankie Laine
  19. A Little Bird Told Me  - Eileen Wilson
  20. Crusing Down the River  - Russ Morgan

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