By William H. Young Jr., Nancy K. Young
In the area conflict II period, giant bands and swing song reached the heights of recognition with squaddies in addition to associates and household again domestic. Many entertainers reminiscent of Glenn Miller additionally served within the army, or supported the warfare attempt with bond drives and interesting the troops at domestic and overseas. as well as sizeable band and swing song, musicals, jazz, blues, gospel and state tune have been additionally well known. Chapters on each one, in addition to an research of the evolution of checklist businesses, files, radios, and tv are incorporated right here, for college students, historians, and fanatics of the era.
Includes a timeline of the song of the period, an appendix of the Broadway and Hollywood Musicals, 1939-1945, and an appendix of Songs, Composers, and lyricists, 1939-1945. an intensive discography and bibliography, besides nearly 35 black and white images, entire the volume.
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Billboard’s new chart, along with radio’s ongoing Your Hit Parade, thus gave fans and those in the music industry an easy, weekly means of following trends and best sellers on a nationwide basis. During the 1940s, Billboard premiered several additional tracking features: in 1942, it introduced the first chart of black music, “Harlem Hit Parade”; it also had “Disks with Most Radio Plugs,” a chart that shifted to “Records Most Played on the Air” in 1945. “Most-Played in Juke Boxes” came along in 1944, as did its “Folk Records” category, the latter in recognition of the rising popularity of country music.
A conversation? —with her soldier, touched lonely troops everywhere. Although it never topped the charts, it sold steadily as both sheet music and recordings. 7 Music about World War II 25 CONCLUSION Despite the attempts of well-meaning government officials, no one piece of martial music ever emerged as the song associated with World War II. A few earnest efforts were doubtless made by tunesmiths, but neither the civilian public nor the troops fighting the war ever responded to their labors in a positive way.
That same year, Miller’s orchestra also recorded “Moonlight Serenade” (1939; music by Glenn Miller, lyrics by Mitchell Parish), a tune widely associated with the group, but one that failed to make the national rankings. “Wishing (Will Make It So),” however, a lesser effort and virtually forgotten today, climbed to seventh place on the strength of the bandleader’s name. If Judy Garland owns “Over the Rainbow,” then jazz vocalist Billie Holiday certainly does likewise with “Strange Fruit” (1939; words and music by Lewis Allan [pseudonym of Abel Meeropol]).
Music of the World War II Era (American History through Music) by William H. Young Jr., Nancy K. Young