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Vocal Groups and Songs
May 10, 2011
6:50 pm
Zootsuit
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The Big Band sound certainly did dominate the 1940's, but please, let us not forget the vocal groups, and their song contributions.  Bing Crosby was quite the crooner, and I could never imagine Christmas without the song I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!  The Andrew Sister's and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy was and still is fantastic!  My Dad sang Don't You Sit Under The Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me on quite a few car trips.  Looking back, I am SOO Glad he did sing!  What songs or vocal groups do you remember?  

May 10, 2011
10:21 pm
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Wow…favorite vocal groups?  Oh, my…The Andrew Sisters:  what amazing vocal talent! Have you listened closely to their vocalization?!  It's as if each of their voices are finely-tuned instruments!  The King Sisters were exceedinly talented, as well.  I also really enjoy the Mills Brothers (they seemed so easy-going and had such effortless style), as well as the Ink Spots. 

 

I know this crooner is mentioned numerous times, but Frank Sinatra will always have a special place in my heart…after all, ol' Blue Eyes was and always will be the "Chairman of the Board".  Bing Crosby's voice makes me melt, as does Dick Haymes.  Doris Day puts an irrepressible smile on my face each time I hear her sweet voice, and I absolutely love Rosemary Clooney, although I believe her popularity flourished in the early 1950s.  Jo Stafford…her voice is as smooth as buttercream mints!  Louis Armstrong…well, you just can't be unhappy listening to ol' Satchmo—you can actually "hear" him smiling when he sings. 

 

And the songs…oh, the songs!  "I'll Be Seeing You", "Sentimental Journey", "I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time", "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen", "Begin the Beguine", "If I Had You", "Till Then", "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive", "Long Ago and Far Away"…this list could go on for quite awhile…

May 11, 2011
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Dean Martin is in my view, the best singer of that time. His songs were superbly written, and he even incorporated Italian into many of them. I really like his vocals, they are stupendous!

May 11, 2011
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Doris Day is still my husband's favourite. We had people like Gracie Fields and the Beverley Sisters here in the UK, and of course, the forces sweetheart, the great Vera Lynn, who is thankfully still with us.

May 11, 2011
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empirestate said:

Dean Martin is in my view, the best singer of that time. His songs were superbly written, and he even incorporated Italian into many of them. I really like his vocals, they are stupendous!


 

Dean Martin—I cannot believe I forgot to mention him!  I have to agree with you, Empirestate…he's been a long-time favorite of mine, as well.  He had such an original and unique way of interpreting his songs, didn't he?  Pitch-perfect, and with a distinctive flavor that is quintessentially Dean.  Actually, I loved his acting, as well.  When he paired with Jerry Lewis, they were the best comedy duo of all time in my opinion.  His comic timing was perfect. 

Do you have any particularly favorite songs?  "Memories Are Made of This" will always be my favorite, as it pretty much sums up contentment to me.  I also like "On An Evening in Roma"…it never fails to make me crave a good cappuccino, two scoops of gelato and a ride on a Vespa, a la "Roman Holiday".  As far as I'm concerned, Dean owned "Mambo Italiano".  And I've never heard anyone sing "Dream A Little Dream of Me" better than Dean. 

I miss him…he was a Great One.  I was a member of his fan club in the early 1990's…I confess to writing many letters to him expressing my gratitude for his thoughtful contribution to our lives.  He made so many people smile, and I'm sure a lot of true loves materialized under his crooning.  Here's to you, Dino. 

May 13, 2011
9:13 pm
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Memories are made of this is great, and on an evening in Roma is superb also. My favorite though is Return to Me. That song is just perfect in every way!

May 13, 2011
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Memories are made of this is great, and on an evening in Roma is superb also. My favorite though is Return to Me. That song is just perfect in every way!

 

"Return to Me"…ah, that's a lovely one.  The quintessential Neapolitan love song.  Thank you for reminding me, Empirestate.

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