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 Post subject: Re: What's your favorite song from between 1920-1960?
PostPosted: Feb Wed 15, 2023 1:33 am 
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" Oh What A Night " The Dells.

Oh, HECK yes!

You're no doubt speaking of the mid-50's original. I grew up on the 1969 remake.


They were both fantastic versions!


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Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade." And "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos.
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They are hundreds of excellent ones, and no need to pick one favorite.

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The Flamingos cover of "I Only Have Eyes For You." It's got a timeless quality, and dates from 1959, still within the '20-'60 range. :wink:


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"Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller. Check out both the original 1939 Bluebird recording and the version(s) he cut with the Army Air Force Orchestra in 1943-44 (with a full string section). That song is the Anthem of the Era. Simply perfect!


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1920s “Rhapsody in Blue”
1930s “Sing Sing Sing” Benny Goodman
1940s Pretty much anything by Harry James, but especially ”It’s Been a Long, Long Time”
1950s “Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin

Ask me again in five minutes and I’ll probably have a different answer :D


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 Post subject: Re: What's your favorite song from between 1920-1960?
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The theme from "A Summer Place" by Percy Faith


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 Post subject: Re: What's your favorite song from between 1920-1960?
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My son made up a music list for his wedding and reception, and he chose that song for the afternoon gathering before the main event, only he chose the Ventures version.
The Ventures did a good job of that tune for a guitar band.
I would guess early 1960's for the original Percy Faith version, theme song from the movie. Now I'll have to look it up. :D

Percy's version is in there, Oct 1959. "The Living Strings" band. :D

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I would guess early 1960's for the original Percy Faith version, theme song from the movie.

Good guess;
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 Post subject: Re: What's your favorite song from between 1920-1960?
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Thanks Richard, yes, it reached #1 on the charts Feb 15, 1960, but was recorded 3 months earlier and I imagine received plenty of airplay in the last months of 1959.

I could be mistaken but ranking on the pop charts up to then was based on the sale of 45's, but LP sales would have had to be acknowledged as well, I would think, going into the 60's. DJ's were soon starting to put album cuts on the air.

Anyway, that song's a classic and it fits the strict parameters. :D

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 Post subject: Re: What's your favorite song from between 1920-1960?
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westcoastjohn wrote:
Thanks Richard, yes, it reached #1 on the charts Feb 15, 1960, but was recorded 3 months earlier and I imagine received plenty of airplay in the last months of 1959.

Indeed it did; I do remember it on the radio, about the middle of December, 1959.

I've gotten into arguments W/ PPL regarding when a record came out, only to find that many or most were released on the east coast 3 months earlier than here in the west.

So in this case, it may have been a number one in December of '59 on the east coast, but not until Feb here.

Case in point; back in July of '66, when I arrived in West Germany, AFRTS (armed forces radio and television service) was playing pop records that I hadn't heard here at home yet.

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