1940-1949: selected standards and hits


1940 Standards:

Bésame Mucho
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
How High the Moon
It Never Entered My Mind
Let There Be Love
Taking a Chance on Love
When You Wish Upon a Star
White Christmas
Will You Still Be Mine
You Stepped Out of a Dream

1941 standards and hits:

At Last
Besame Mucho
Blues in the Night
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
I’ll Remember April
Take the “A” Train

You Don’t Know What Love Is
It’s So Peaceful in the Country

1942 standards and hits:

Baltimore Oriole
Cow Cow Boogie
I’ll Be Around
Jitterbug Waltz
Lover Man
Serenade in Blue
There Will Never Be Another You
Trav’lin’ Light
Wait Till You See Her

1943 standards and hits:

Star Eyes
While We’re Young
My Shining Hour
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Come Sunday
One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
Suddenly It’s Spring

1944 standards and hits:

Long Ago (and Far Away)
You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You

I Love You
‘Round Midnight
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I Should Care

It Could Happen to You
Moonlight in Vermont
The Christmas Song

1945 standards:

Gene Tierney-44-Laura-1Laura
I Wish I Knew
It Might as Well Be Spring
Out of This World
The More I See You
Since I Fell for You
You’ll Never Walk Alone

1946 standards:

Angel Eyes
Baby, Baby All the Time
Come Rain or Come Shine
If You Could See Me Now
Route 66
A Sunday Kind of Love
Stella by Starlight
The Three Bears

1947 standards:

Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes)
Almost Like Being in Love
But Beautiful
Early in the Mornin’
Maybe You’ll Be There
Nature Boy
No Moon at All
Time After Time

1948 standards:

So In Love
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

1949 standards:

My Foolish Heart
Early Autumn



19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. timothy tuohy
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 05:54:45

    I used to have sheet music to “Tis Autumn”. Where might I find it?

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Anita M. AlesiNon
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 11:04:21

    Looking for songsheets on various colored paper no music from WWII era

    Liked by 1 person


  3. gloria pisicolo
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 06:38:17

    Looking for book with music and lyric from 1938 and 1940 s

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Cliff
    Jun 03, 2015 @ 17:29:02

    Who is in the top picture? It looks like it may be all the same woman but I cannot tell, does anyone know who that is? Please answer

    Liked by 1 person


    • doc
      Jun 03, 2015 @ 19:54:51

      About the images, which are not in chronological order, top to bottom:
      1. Rita Hayworth, 1942
      2. Rita Hayworth at her home swimming pool, 1945
      3. Rita Hayworth on bicycle at unidentified pool, c. 1940
      4. Gene Tierney, Laura (1944)
      5. La calle del Delfín Verde (Green Dolphin Street, 1947) film poster, Spanish language release, 1948, featuring illustration of Lana Turner in character

      Gene Tierney, Laura (1944)

      Gene Tierney-44-Laura-1



  5. Carolyn Higdon
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 13:46:53

    I am a veteran living in Yountville, CA Veterans home. Most members are 1930’s,40’s,50’s and 60’s. We love to sing these oldies but need words and music for sing-a-longs and choral groups

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Benjamin Michael
    Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:31:29

    I’m searching for a jazz tune that I heard on the radio around 1958, ’59 or the early ’60 sung by a female artist with th song title, moonlight Ride or, midnight Ride or , Midnight Drive! I only heard it a couple times, I was a kid but, I remember that the girl’s voice was sultry , sexy as she invited her lover to come with her on this night ride. It starts off with this piano and the piano is acc noted throughout the song. First high notes, then lower bass notes.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Kathy
    Jul 14, 2017 @ 21:46:44

    Looking for anything from the Dick Shelton Band.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. Joel Antonio
    Oct 12, 2018 @ 15:49:37

    I play piano for the residents of a Assisted Living Facility, someone ask for (My Blushing Rosie) by Al Jolson. Any links or Web Sites that you might know of? Any assistance would be helpful

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    • doc
      Oct 13, 2018 @ 06:34:24

      Hi Joel,

      The song, with music by John Stromberg and words by Edgar Smith, was published in 1900 under the title “Ma Blushin’ Rosie,” though sheet music published in the same year gives the title as “My Blushin’ Rosie (My Posie Sweet)” on the cover. You’ll find sheet music and recordings with Google searches of either of those titles. It’s been recorded by numerous artists including Albert Campbell (1901), S.H. Dudley (1901), Patsy Kelly and Barry Wood (1944), Al Jolson (1946), Al Jolson and Bing Crosby (1947), Maurice Chevalier, Dean Martin, Alice Faye, Ted Bailey & his Riverboat Band, and Jimmy Roselli.

      From the Wikipedia page on John Stromberg:

      Stromberg also [co-wrote] “Ma Blushin’ Rosie” (also sometimes called “Rosie You Are My Posie”) which was part of the repertoire of the legendary Al Jolson, the theme song of the Rosemary Clooney TV variety show in the 1950s, and even performed in an Abbot and Costello film, The Naughty Nineties.

      Al Jolson with orchestra directed by Morris Stoloff — recorded on 20 March 1946; issued in 1946 on the 78rpm single Decca 23613, b/w “You Made Me Love You”

      Hope that helps,



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