Song 40 – Mambo No. 5

SONG: Mambo No. 5 ARTIST: Perez Prado YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: There is little information on the composition of Mambo Number 5, just that it was written by Perez Prado in 1949 and released in 1950. THE ARTIST: Damaso Perez Prado, AKA the King of Mambo was born December 11, 1916Continue reading “Song 40 – Mambo No. 5”

Song 38 – Summertime

SONG: Summertime ARTIST: Sarah Vaughan YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Summertime was written by George Gershwin for his 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, with lyrics by DuBose Heyward who wrote the novel Porgy.  Gershwin started writing the song in 1933 and tried to recreate the feel of a spiritual.  The song isContinue reading “Song 38 – Summertime”

Song 36 – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

SONG: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry ARTIST: Hank Williams YEAR: 1949 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry was written and recorded by Hank Williams in 1949.  The song was put to tape on August 30th of that year and Williams was backed by the Pleasant Valley Boys.  TheContinue reading “Song 36 – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

Album 4: The Wildest!

ALBUM TITLE: The Wildest! ARTIST NAME: Louis Prima YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Night Train Kelly: Just a Gigolo ALBUM HISTORY: The Wildest! was recorded in April 1956 and released by Capitol Records in November of that same year.  The album features Prima with his wife of the time and performance partner KeelyContinue reading “Album 4: The Wildest!”

Song 34 – Nature Boy

SONG: Nature Boy ARTIST: The Nat King Cole Trio YEAR: 1948 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Nature Boy was written by eden ahbez (yes, not capitalized) in Palm Springs in 1941.  Ahbez followed philosophies called Naturmensch (nature person) and Lebensreform (life reform).  Followers of the philosophies had long hair and beards, ate nothing butContinue reading “Song 34 – Nature Boy”

Song 32 – White Christmas

SONG: White Christmas ARTIST: Bing Crosby YEAR: 1947 SONG: White Christmas ARTIST: Bing Crosby YEAR: 1947 Listen to it here:  1942 Original: 1947 Re-recording THE SONG: White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin, possibly in 1940 in either La Quinta, California or the Arizona Biltmore.  It was first performed by Bing Crosby on Christmas Day,Continue reading “Song 32 – White Christmas”

Song 30 – La vie en rose

SONG: La vie en rose ARTIST: Edith Piaf YEAR: 1946 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: La vie en rose was written by Edith Piaf and Louiguy in May 1945.  The song was broadcast on radio before it was actually put on tape, and first performed live in concert in 1946.  The song made PiafContinue reading “Song 30 – La vie en rose”

Song 28 – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

SONG: (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 ARTIST:  The Nat King Cole Trio YEAR: 1946 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 was written in 1946 by songwriter Bobby Troup on a road trip from Pennsylvania to California.  Troup loaded his wife in their 1941 Buick and wrote the songContinue reading “Song 28 – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66”

Song 26 – This Land is Your Land

SONG: This Land is Your Land ARTIST: Woody Guthrie YEAR: 1944 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: This Land is Your Land was written by Woody Guthrie in 1970, borrowing the tune from a Baptist gospel hymn and a Carter Family song.  He had written the song as a sarcastic response to Irving Berlin’s GodContinue reading “Song 26 – This Land is Your Land”

Song 24 – Stormy Weather

SONG: Stormy Weather ARTIST: Lena Horne YEAR: 1943 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Stormy Weather was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler in 1933 and premiered at the Cotton Club by Ethel Waters that same year.  The song gained so much traction so quickly that the same year it was released, a GermanContinue reading “Song 24 – Stormy Weather”