“One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” is a hit song written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1943 movie musical ‘The Sky’s the Limit’. It was first performed in the film by Fred Astaire and was popularized by Frank Sinatra. Harold Arlen described the song as “another typical Arlen […]
Last week we were looking at three very different individuals and their music in the early months of the war – Noël Coward; Michael Carr (real name Maurice Alfred Cohen) and Hughie Charles an English songwriter and producer of musical theatre. So, during the same time, what music was coming out from the USA music? […]
The years 1939 & 1940 are difficult to really put together in our story. Britain was at war – the USA stood out of it. On 31st August in Britain many civilians were evacuated from London while, in the USA, Bing Crosby was the leading figure of the ‘Crooner’ sound and was on his way […]
The British Prime Minister; a German Chancellor and a USA Ambassador in the background while we listen to music!
We now read and write today in the year 2018 – but for today I want to take you back 80 years to the year 1938 and see what was happening in Britain. On 17th January 1938 Joseph P Kennedy had been appointed United States Ambassador to the UK while, on 20th February, Anthony Eden […]
The day is Thursday 29th June 1950 and a game of football is taking place. It’s not quite like the games that have been/are being played in Russia as I write. This was the 1950 FIFA World Cup that was held in Brazil from 24th June to 16th July. It was the first World Cup […]
One of the pioneers of the raucous, rapid-fire, eight-to-the-bar piano style described as ‘BOOGIE’ was Jimmy Yancey. Born in Chicago in 1896 he worked in vaudeville as a singer and tap dancer – starting at the age of 6 – before taking up the piano in 1915. Although he did not make a recording until […]
On 1st June 1926 a little girl was born and, in due time, was named Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and spent most of her childhood in fosters homes and an orphanage. She married at the age of 16 and, in 1944 while working as part of the war […]