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:

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

1944 standards and hits:

The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I Love You
I Should Care
It Could Happen to You
Long Ago (and Far Away)
Moonlight in Vermont
‘Round Midnight
You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You

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 (page closed for repair)
Baby, Baby All the Time
Come Rain or Come Shine
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
On Green Dolphin Street
Time After Time

1948 standards:

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
So In Love

1949 standards:

Early Autumn
My Foolish Heart



22 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, poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California, 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.

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

    Looking for anything from the Dick Shelton Band.

    Liked by 1 person


    • doc
      Jul 15, 2017 @ 23:17:28


      Sorry, I’m not familiar with that band. What era are we talking about?



      • Kathy
        Jul 16, 2017 @ 05:38:41

        Big band, swing from the 1930’s and 40’s. Can you find anything for me? The Dick Shelton Band is what I’m looking for and Richard Shelton was the leader.

        Liked by 1 person


        • doc
          Sep 11, 2017 @ 14:48:17


          Hi again. I somehow missed this comment. Sorry about the long delay in response. I’ve still not found any recordings by The Dick Shelton Band, or bandleader Richard Shelton. The only relevant information I’ve yet found is a 1985 obituary in the Chicago Tribune.



        • Jonathan Friend
          Sep 02, 2020 @ 18:37:42

          HI, Kathy:

          Came across your note about the Dick Shelton Band. and had to write.

          I was doing some research on a dear family friend , Edward Brody, who was a pianist with bands in the Chicago area in the 1940s. He left the business when he started a family in the late ’40s.

          His WW2 draft card listed the Dick Shelton Orchestra of Crystal Lake IL as his current employer! I grew up with Ed’s son but never heard Ed speak about which groups he played with. By the way, he was an amazing pianist and knew every song every written, so he was in much demand at social events when i was a kid.

          So, what is your interest in Dick Shelton? I’m still in touch with Ed Brody’s son and i’m sure he’d get a kick out of any information you have.


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        • Kathy Hamilton
          Sep 03, 2020 @ 05:45:35

          Dick Shelton is my biological father. Unfortunately, I just discovered this and never had the opportunity to meet him in person. I’ve been researching everything about him and even have lots of information that I’m happy to share. Can you contact me directly? My email is kathyh186@gmail.com.

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  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 phrases encompassing 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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