Thursday, 18 February 2016

My Favourite 1940's Artists

As I didn't get to talk nearly enough of my love for 40's music in my post yesterday, I've compiled a list of some of my favourite artists of the time.

Here they are:

Bing Crosby

The 40's was definitely the era of crooners, and Bing Crosby was one of the biggest crooners of them all! I just love his singing style and the way his songs makes me feel happy and relaxed. I mean, just try to listen to San Fernando Valley, and I dare you to not start smiling inside.
Also, he made a lot of duets with The Andrews Sisters that I just adore!

The Andrew Sisters

Another one of my very favourite artists! And to think I might never have heard of them if Naomi hadn't talked quite enthusiastically about them on her blog around a year ago.
I simply love the swing sound of their songs and the way their vocals blend perfectly together. Some of the songs I love are Oh Johnny! Oh Johnny! Oh (the song that convinced me to keep listening), Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (whose chorus is quite a tongue twister to sing along to) and Pistol Packin' Mama (another duet with Bing Crosby).

Tommy Dorsey                                     

I really have a weakness for the big orchestras of the 40's! A song is just so much more impressing when backed by a full orchestra.
Apparently many famous singers started out singing in orchestras such as this, for instance Frank Sinatra.
Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra was definitely one of the most known throughout the 40's. Some of my favourites include: I'll Never Smile Again (I once listened to it on repeat for an hour because it set the mood for a story I was writing) and Opus One.

Glenn Miller

Can you really talk about 1940's orchestras without mentioning Glenn Miller? I think not! He definitely put his mark on the musical landscape back then, and today when movies need 40's vibes it is almost always Glenn Miller they play.
I don't think I have to explain why I love this artist. Two words should suffice: big band!!
Some of my favourite music by him (and also some of his most famous) are In The Mood and Moonlight Serenade. They were actually played in an episode of Doctor Who set in the 40's, and that's how I discovered him in the first place.

The Mills Brothers

Now here's a group who have been persistent. They played together for 54 years!! They're a band that my parents have always been very fond of, so I've been listening to and loving their songs as long as I can remember.
They were amazingly talented musicians and could imitate almost any instrument just using their voices, something that has never stopped impressing me.
Some of their songs from the 40's that I love are Paper Doll and Till Then, but they have made so many other great songs during the years.

I think no one can doubt that I have a weakness for big bands and harmonising groups after this post! And I got to mention more of my favourite songs just like I knew I would:) (for I cannot limit myself when it comes to favourites)


  1. Ooooh yeah! Bing Crosby is DA BESTEST!!!
    I love the Andrews sisters although I can only take so much of them. I really enjoy their duets with Danny Kaye!
    GLENN MILLER! Have you seen The Glenn Miller Story? It's sooo sad :(
    I've never heard about the Mills Brothers. I'll have to look them up!

    1. They did duets with Danny Kaye as well? I must find it!
      No, I haven't watched the Glenn Miller Story, but I read a bit about his life so I reckon it would be sad.

  2. Really seriously? I introduced you to The Andrews Sisters?! Well, I'm honoured. :-)

    1. You sure did! Actually I think you introduced me to quite a lot of 40's elements back when I didn't know anything about the time:) (To be honest, one of my thoughts when I started loving the 40's were: Now I finally understand why Naomi talks so much about that decade)

  3. Yes to all of these! ( Especially Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller)

    ~Rilla Blythe

    1. Glad you like them! Musicians were just brilliant back then!

  4. Pistol Packin' Mama! My grandparents had that on a record. :)

    My brother has a lot of 40s music so I recognize all these artists except the last band. They sound really neat, though. Making the sound of instruments with just their voices?? That is so cool!!

    1. They did? How funny:)

      Yeah, I don't think many people thinks of The Mills Brothers as 40's artists because they started back in the 20's, but they were really something special!


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