A simpler time

Here’s some of what was going on in 1940:

1. In The Mood – Glenn Miller
2. When You Wish Upon a Star – Cliff Edwards
3. I’ll Never Smile Again – Tommy Dorsey w/Frank Sinatra
4. Only Forever – Bing Crosby
5. Body & Soul – Coleman Hawkins
6. When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano – The Ink Spots
7. The Breeze and I – Jimmy Dorsey w/Bob Eberly
8. You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis
9. When You Wish Upon a Star – Glenn Miller
10. Tuxedo Junction – Glenn Miller…

one-fourth of the top hits sold or listened to by the majority of Americans in 1940 were performed by Glenn Miller…Frank Sinatra jumped ship to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in January. Together they recorded some 40 songs during the next 12 months, the most successful of which was I’ll Never Smile Again which became one of the most important chart toppers of all time, spending almost three months at the number one spot.

A simpler time, and in the world of contemporary music and popular culture, a better time.

2 Responses to “A simpler time”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    Glenn Miller must have been my Dad’s favorite band growing up.

    He still played him regularly on our cheap, tinny sounding stereo when I was a small boy in the early 60s.

    He also really liked Bing Crosby. When Bing would appear on television in the late 60s/early 70s, my Dad would smile and sing along with him. I would roll my eyes and wonder if I would still be attached to the music of my youth decades a later?

  2. Chimera25 Says:

    Had a friend give me an iPod containing many songs from that era. Twas a blessing. Personally I like All This and Heaven Too and Stardust. Would like to have lived during that time when things seemed more pure and simple.

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