Holly and Kelly review all 1,001 songs, and 1,001 albums we must hear before we die. Join us!
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: Lili Marlene ARTIST: Marlene Dietrich YEAR: 1945 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Lili Marlene started off in the world as a three verse poem, written by a German school teacher who had been conscripted into the German army in 1915. The poem was called “The Girl Under the Lantern”, and Lili Marlene wasContinue reading “Song 27 – Lili Marlene”
ALBUM TITLE: Tragic Songs of Life ARTIST NAME: The Louvin Brothers YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Let Her Go, God Bless Her Kelly: Let Her Go, God Bless Her ALBUM HISTORY: Well, for the first album, I got to review depressing Sinatra songs, and now I get to review depressing, but upbeat countryContinue reading “Album 3 – Tragic Songs of Life”
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: Rum and Coca Cola ARTIST: Lord Invader YEAR: 1943 Listen to it here: THE SONG: This is the first Trinidadian calypso we’ve had on the blog, and right now, I’m really enjoying getting to hear all of these songs that are part of the history of places I’ve never been and don’t know muchContinue reading “Song 25 – Rum and Coca Cola”
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”
SONG: God Bless the Child ARTIST: Billie Holiday YEAR: 1941 Listen to it here: THE SONG: God Bless the Child was written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. Holiday said the inspiration for the song was an argument with her mother over money. She said that during their disagreement her mother said “God blessContinue reading “Song 23 – God Bless the Child”
SONG: Guantanamera ARTIST: Joseito Fernandez YEAR: 1941 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Guantanamera started off as a poem of four verses by Cuban poet Jose Marti and set to music by Joseito Fernandez as early as 1929. Although the lyrics to the song are often improvised, the most common lyrics sung by Fernandez areContinue reading “Song 22 – Guantanamera”
SONG: Gloomy Sunday ARTIST: Billie Holiday YEAR: 1941 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Very unfortunately, this song is also known as “The Hungarian Suicide Song”. It was a popular song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and the original title translates to “The World is Ending.” It was a song about despairContinue reading “Song 21 – Gloomy Sunday”
SONG: Java Jive ARTIST: The Ink Spots YEAR: 1940 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Java Jive was written in 1940 by Ben Oakland and Milton Drake as a fad song and recorded later that year by The Ink Spots. Their version reached number 17 on the charts and is seen as a light-hearted departureContinue reading “Song 20 – Java Jive”
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