Song 33 – Good Rockin’ Tonight

SONG: Good Rockin’ Tonight ARTIST: Roy Brown YEAR: 1947 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Depending on who you talk to, this “jump blues,” released in 1947 is one of the first, or maaaaybe the very first rock’n’roll song ever! Roy Brown wrote the song in 1946, and he and his pianist knew right awayContinue reading “Song 33 – Good Rockin’ Tonight”

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 31 – La mer

SONG: La mer ARTIST: Charles Trenet YEAR: 1946 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Charles Trenet claims that he wrote an early version of La mer’s lyrics as a 16 year old in a poem, years before he came up with a melody. The melody came to him while on a train travelling between MontpellierContinue reading “Song 31 – La mer”

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 29 – Al gurugu

SONG: Al Gurugu ARTIST: La Nina de los Peines YEAR: 1946 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: This song is in the flamenco tradition, featuring La Nina’s voice, flamenco guitar, and hand clapping. The title, Al Gurugu, is apparently just a gibberish word, similar to naming a song in english doo-doo-doo-doo. Added to these gibberishContinue reading “Song 29 – Al gurugu”

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 27 – Lili Marlene

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”

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 25 – Rum and Coca Cola

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 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”