The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Great Depression: American Music in the '30s collects popular songs from one of the nation's most challenging eras. Songs like Victoria Spivey's "Detroit Moan," Billie Holliday's "Gloomy Sunday," Bill Cox's "NRA Blues," and Rudy Vallee's "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" convey the hard times and despair synonymous with that period, while Ted Lewis' "There's a New Day Comin'" and "Headin' for Better Times," Hal Kemp's "With Plenty of Money and You," and Artie Shaw's "Whistle While You Work" add an optimistic touch. Great Depression: American Music in the '30s gives a good representation of how swing, big band, folk, and blues helped America express and enjoy itself during ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Great Depression: American Music in the '30s collects popular songs from one of the nation's most challenging eras. Songs like Victoria Spivey's "Detroit Moan," Billie Holliday's "Gloomy Sunday," Bill Cox's "NRA Blues," and Rudy Vallee's "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" convey the hard times and despair synonymous with that period, while Ted Lewis' "There's a New Day Comin'" and "Headin' for Better Times," Hal Kemp's "With Plenty of Money and You," and Artie Shaw's "Whistle While You Work" add an optimistic touch. Great Depression: American Music in the '30s gives a good representation of how swing, big band, folk, and blues helped America express and enjoy itself during tough times.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1993
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645758923
  • Catalog Number: 57589

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Rudy Vallée (3:37)
  2. 2 All of Me - Louis Armstrong (2:57)
  3. 3 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington (3:09)
  4. 4 Hungarian Varsovienne - Henry Ford's Old Fashioned Dance Orchestra (3:11)
  5. 5 Detroit Moan - Victoria Spivey (2:56)
  6. 6 We Sure Got Hard Times - Barbecue Bob (3:26)
  7. 7 Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground) - Blind Willie Johnson (3:18)
  8. 8 I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue (With the Sole of My Shoe) - Duke Ellington (2:33)
  9. 9 Mean Low Blues - Blues Birdhead (3:13)
  10. 10 Happy Days Are Here Again - Casa Loma Orchestra (3:19)
  11. 11 There's a New Day Coming (2:54)
  12. 12 I Surrender, Dear - Red Norvo & His Orchestra (3:10)
  13. 13 Creole Love Call - Duke Ellington (4:08)
  14. 14 Gloomy Sunday - Billie Holiday (3:11)
  15. 15 Headin' for Better Times - T. Lewis (2:58)
  16. 16 NRA Blues - Bill Cox (2:52)
  17. 17 Are You Making Any Money? - Chick Bullock (2:50)
  18. 18 He's in the Ring (Doing the Same Old Thing) - Memphis Minnie (3:05)
  19. 19 With Plenty of Money and You (Oh! Baby What I Couldn't Do) - Hal Kemp (3:03)
  20. 20 Dawn of a New Day - Horace Heidt & His Orchestra (2:31)
  21. 21 Whistle While You Work - Artie Shaw & His New Music (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbecue Bob Track Performer
Blind Willie Johnson Track Performer
Memphis Minnie Track Performer
Victoria Spivey Track Performer
Rudy Vallée Track Performer
Glen Gray Conductor
Hal Kemp Track Performer
Red Norvo Track Performer
Artie Shaw Track Performer
Ted Lewis Track Performer
Louis Armstrong Track Performer
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Bill Cox Track Performer
Duke Ellington Track Performer
Henri Ford Track Performer
Blues Birdhead Track Performer
Chick Bullock Track Performer
Casa Loma Orchestra Track Performer
Red Norvo & His Orchestra Track Performer
Horace Heidt & His Orchestra Track Performer
T. Lewis Track Performer
Old Fashioned Dance Orch. Track Performer
Technical Credits
Barbecue Bob Contributor
Blind Willie Johnson Composer, Contributor
Memphis Minnie Contributor
Victoria Spivey Contributor
Rudy Vallée Contributor
Hal Kemp Contributor
Red Norvo Contributor
Artie Shaw Contributor
Ted Lewis Contributor
Irving Mills Composer
Horace Heidt Contributor
Louis Armstrong Contributor
Bill Cox Contributor
Duke Ellington Composer, Contributor
Mark A. Humphrey Liner Notes
Blues Birdhead Contributor
Chick Bullock Contributor
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Casa Loma Orchestra Contributor
Lawrence Cohn Producer
David Mitson Remastering
Tracy Boychuk Art Direction
David Milson Remastering
Henry Nemo Composer
Rezsö Seress Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Rena Kosersky Producer
László Jávor Composer
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