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:
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).
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.
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)