1940s music was based mostly around the big band sound, and jazz. Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, The Dorsey Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Colloway, Glenn Miller, and Bing Crosby all helped define the 40s musical era.

Every decade has its unique musical styles, the people living in the 1940s were enduring the largest war in the history of the country. World War II was taking its toll on the people in the United States and abroad, but performers kept their upbeat styles to help America take their mind off of the current events of war. Not only did they continue to make fun music, many of them took their talents to the troops to help improve their morale.

The big band sound dominated for most of the decade, although bebop emerged in the late 1940s as a style of jazz in great contrast to the music of the big bands. It featured a small group of musicians rather than the 10 or more associated with the big bands. The smaller size allowed more solo opportunities for the players. The music itself was characterized by more complex melodies and chord progressions, as well as more emphasis on the role the rhythm section. Furthermore, phrases within the music were often irregular in length, making bebop interesting to listen to, but in contrast to music of the big bands.

The development of bebop is attributed in large part to trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and alto saxophonist Charlie Parker. The unique styles of Gillespie and Parker contributed to and typified the bebop sound. They experimented with unconventional chromaticism, discordant sounds, and placement of accents in melodies. In contrast to the regular phrasing of big band music, Gillespie and Parker often created irregular phrases of odd length, and combined swing and straight eighth-note rhythms within the swing style.

Other influential bebop musicians included saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Dexter Gordon, trumpeters Red Rodney and Kenny Dorham, trombonists J.J. Johnson and Bennie Green, guitarists Tal Farlow and Kenny Burrell, pianists Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, and Thelonius Monk, drummers Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, and bassists Charles Mingus and Paul Chambers.

The 1940s musical styles helped pave way to the rock ‘n’ roll styles of the decade that was to come.

Below you’ll find well over an hour of music that spans the forties decade. Sit back and enjoy, or get up and dance!

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ACE BRIGODE AND HIS BAND Original 1940's Big Band Era POSTER

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Vintage - 1940'S Music Doll: You Are My Sunshine, Peer International

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1940s music, Jazz AD, PAUL WHITMAN Orchestra Signature records, Gershwin 061914

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Vera Lynn - The Best Of Vera Lynn (2000 CD Album) 20 Trax. 1940s Music/WWII/Easy

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