The Year 1939

The Year 1939

While the clouds of war and fascism were spreading in earnest across Europe, here at home the movies Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz,  and Gone With The Wind premiered and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath was first published. Lou Gehrig bid farewell,  A pound of hamburger cost 14 cents and the average price of a new car was $700. And the music was both dance crazy and uplifting, with the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and film dominating. This week’s show will feature the music of 1939 with performances from Crosby, Garland, The Ink Spots, Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday. We’ll also be featuring the jazz and big band sounds of Jimmie Lunceford, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, and a handful of others. Deeper Roots sounds from over eight decades past on community radio for Sonoma County coming to you each Friday morning and evening.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Louis Armstrong Jeepers Creepers Johnny Mercer (1909 – 1976) Amazon
3Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra Tain't What You Do Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
4Fats Waller Your Feet's Too Big The Joint Is Jumpin' Amazon
5Count Basie's Kansas City 7 Lester Leaps In Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
6Woody Herman Woodchopper's Ball Swingingest Sounds Ever Heard – The Best of the Big Bands Amazon
7Billie Holiday Strange Fruit The Ultimate Collection [Disc 1] Amazon
8Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues Harold Arlen Writes the Songs Amazon
9Billie Holiday Them There Eyes Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 [Disc 06] Amazon
10Ethel Waters with Edward Mallory & His Orchestra Old Man Harlem Hoagy Carmichael & Friends: Stardust Melody Amazon
11Marlene Dietrich Falling In Love Again The Blue Angel Amazon
12Bob Hope & Shirley Ross Thanks for the Memory Hits of 30's & 40's 1 & 2 Amazon
13Judy Garland Over The Rainbow That's Entertainment! The Best Of The MGM Musicals Amazon
14Bing Crosby You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby The Harry Warren Songbook Amazon
15Xavier Cugat Perfidia Say "Si Si" Amazon
16Vaughn Monroe In The Still Of The Night First Crooners : Vol. 3-1935-40 Amazon
17Frankie Masters and His Orchestra Scatter-Brain (Theme Song) 50 #1 Hits Of The '20s & '30s Amazon
18Cab Calloway The Jumpin' Jive Best Of The Big Bands Amazon
19Kay Kyser Three Little Fishes Sentimental Favorites Amazon
20Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 3] Amazon
21The Ink Spots Address Unknown Greatest Hits Amazon
22The Ink Spots If I Didn't Care Greatest Hits Amazon
23Glenn Miller Orchestra In The Mood Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 3] Amazon
24Slim Gaillard And His Flat Foot Floogie Boys Matzah Balls Radio Radio Vol.5 [Disc 3] Bob Dylan Amazon
25Charlie Barnet Cherokee Swing Time For Dancing Vol. 3 Amazon
26Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Diga, Diga Doo Wicked Swing Amazon
27Benny Goodman & His Orchestra W. Martha Tilton And the Angels Sing Too Marvelous For Words Amazon
28Guy Lombardo Penny Serenade Enjoy Yourself: The Hits Of Guy Lombardo Amazon
29Bea Wain With Larry Clinton And His Orchestra Deep Purple White Cliffs Of Dover [Disc 1] Amazon
30Lionel Hampton I've Found a New Baby Wicked Swing Amazon
31Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson Roll 'Em Pete Blues From The Vocalion Vaults Amazon
32Chick Webb and his Orchestra v/Ella Fitzgerald Undecided from CD; orig. Decca 2323 Amazon

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