29 jan — early plans for 1931 pages

(17 feb 2010 edit)

I have only one or two songs remaining for 1930 and will soon proceed to 1931. There have already been several pop songs from 1931 posted in the pages on the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, the Rhythm Boys, and perhaps in the page on The Big Broadcast as well. I haven’t decided whether or not include any of those already posted. Aside from these there is at least one more song which I would like to do a feature page on: Brother Can You Spare a Dime? because of its symbolic meaning during the Depression years. Wikipedia says:

It became best known…through recordings by Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. Both versions were released right before Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s election to the presidency and both became number one hits on the charts. The Brunswick Crosby recording became the best-selling record of its period, and came to be viewed as an anthem of the shattered dreams of the era.

There will be fewer standards covered this time. This is largely because there aren’t as many highly-ranked jazz standards, only three, compared to eight in 1930, in the top 100 (as ranked by jazzstandards.com).

1931 Jazz and Pop Standards to be covered (preliminary list)

  • All of Me (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons)
  • As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld)
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
  • I Surrender Dear (Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford)  – this was Bing Crosby’s first solo hit.
  • Just Friends (John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis)
  • Out of Nowhere (Johnny Green) – Bing Crosby’s first solo #1 hit

Modification of the list might be made.

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