21-22 feb — early plans for 1932 pages

Hi folks. Glad to see I haven’t lost many of you while I’ve been away for a few days. I haven’t been on vacation. Busy with several other sites. Three of them have had major amendments (restructuring and additions) in the last 3-4 days.

I will try to get back to work on this site in the next couple of days. Songs I plan to do feature pages on include the following:

1932 jazz standards: popular and jazz

Adapted from wikipedia’s jazz standards list for 1932, with omissions and additional songs

  • Alone Together – Ballad from the Broadway musical Flying Colors, composed by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz. It was introduced by Jean Sargent on stage and the first jazz recording was by Artie Shaw in 1939.
  • April in Paris – Broadway show tune from Walk a Little Faster, composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by Yip Harburg. Count Basie’s 1955 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • Don’t Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) was introduced in the musical revue Clowns in Clover at Chicago’s Apollo Theater by Walter Woolf King. According to jazzstandards.com, it was incorporated by the songwriters into the popular film Dinner at Eight in 1933. However, IMDb does not list it in the film’s soundtrack credits. The only song they do list, composed by William Axt and David Mendoza, not by McHugh and Fields, was uncredited at the time of release.Jazz historian Chris Tyle, writing for jazzstandards.com, notes that Ted Wilson’s 1937 solo recording “resurrected” the tune.
  • How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky) – Popular song by Irving Berlin. It was first made a hit by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with vocalist Jack Fulton. The song’s jazz popularity was established by the recordings of Benny Goodman (1941) and Coleman Hawkins (1943).
  • I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You – Song composed by Victor Young with lyrics by Bing Crosby and Ned Washington. The first recording by Crosby became an immediate hit. Also known as “Ghost of a Chance”.
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Jazz song composed by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills. The recordings of Ivie Anderson (with the Duke Ellington Band) and the Mills Brothers popularized the song. Its title introduced the term “swing” into common usage and gave name to the swing era.
  • Lover (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) was written for and introduced in the film Love Me Tonight (1932) starring Jeannette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier.
  • Night and Day – Song from the musical Gay Divorce, written by Cole Porter. It was introduced on stage by Fred Astaire, who also sung it in the 1934 film The Gay Divorcee, based on the musical. The song became Frank Sinatra’s first hit under his own name. Previous hits had been credited to the orchestra “with vocals by…”.
  • The Song is You (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein) – was introduced by Tulio Carminati and Natalie Hall in the Broadway musical Music in the Air which premiered at the Alvin Theater on November 8, 1932 and ran for an impressive 342 performances. It wasn’t until the mid 1940s that recordings by big bands such as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Claude Thornhill made the song familiar and led to it’s becoming a standard.
  • Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell) was first recorded by Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra and, two weeks later, by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. The definitive instrumental version was Art Tatum’s 1949 piano solo recording. Count Basie’s “Taxi War Dance” was based on the song’s harmony. Ronell dedicated the song to George Gershwin.

Other features I hope to work on soon are:

  • Bing Crosby, early solo career. This will be a fairly large feature owing to the large number of hits by Mr. Crosby, 69 top twenty hits from 1931-1934! But I will try to focus on the standards among them.
  • Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields – some of their major hits as a songwriting team. I’ve already included several songs by them in various year pages and other features (such as the Boswell Sisters’ pages). I will organize those already posted, and continue on to 1935, in a chronological feature.
  • Cole Porter, biography and early hit songs 1928-34

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