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This week …………. I love the 1920’s!

Series 1 – 1920’s E1#

The music from the Roaring Twenties was often referred to as the Jazz Age because at that time – jazz was the absolute in popularity trends – it influenced everything of that period – dancing, fashion, culture and the people!

Jazz became the music for revolution and it further helped budding organisations that were just starting to make serious headway and glean valued footholds in a society that was determined to make conventional normalcy stay on top. The music hinted the essences of rebellion and encouraged voices to be heard and faces to be seen like those found in The Women’s Liberation Movement as just one example!

The world teetered on the edge of futuristic and progressive development and new founded opulence, economic growth and a higher level of prosperity – a new age was dawning and the music at the time enthused and motivated people to look at life, their lives and the societal lifestyle in general differently.

The 1920’s also witnessed the arrival of The Flappers – the very symbols of freedom and challenge and more importantly – equality between the sexes! The Flappers also were a positive move and mood back to what life was like pre-war – they were the new people – new politics, new thoughts, new fashion, new ideals.

The Roaring Twenties had arrived and it brought with it booms in all industry, a major shift in the way people thought and voted and traveled and lived. More people moved away from the rurals and started to settle into the cities and suburbias as the cities themselves began to expand.
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The most popular music of the 1920’s was jazz, swing, dance band, ragtime, hillbilly and blues amongst others, but these were the main genres ………
Today’s Top Ten most popular songs from the 1920’s period are ……..
Fats Waller – Ain´t Misbehavin´
Ain´t Misbehavin´ – jazz/early swing – Released 1929 – Fats Waller and Harry Brooks written for the Broadway comedy play  Connie’s Hot Chocolates.
Louis Armstrong – West End Blues
“West End Blues” is a multi-strain twelve-bar blues composition by Joe “King” Oliver. It is most commonly performed as an instrumental, although it has lyrics added by Clarence Williams. By far the best known recording of “West End Blues” is the 3-minute-plus, 78 rpm recording made by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five on June 28, 1928.
In the Jailhouse Now by Jimmie Rodgers (1928)
“In the Jailhouse Now” is an American novelty blues song originally found in vaudeville performances from the early 20th century, usually credited to Jimmie Rodgers. The song’s first two verses trace the exploits of Ramblin’ Bob, who cheats at cards and gets caught, while the final verse tells about taking a girl named Susie out on the town and winding up in jail together
Paul Whiteman – My Blue Heaven (1927)
“My Blue Heaven” is a popular song written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by George A. Whiting. The song was used in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. It has become part of various fake book collections.
In 1928, “My Blue Heaven” became a huge hit on Victor 20964-A for crooner Gene Austin, accompanied by the Victor Orchestra as directed by Nat Shilkret; it charted for 26 weeks, stayed at number one for 13, and sold over five million copies worldwide. Victor 20964-A was recorded on September 14, 1927 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978; the recording was reissued as Victor 24573 and has been reissued on several commercially available CDs.
The Prisoner’s Song – Vernon Dalhart (1925)
“The Prisoner’s Song” is a song copyrighted by Vernon Dalhart in 1924 in the name of Dalhart’s cousin Guy Massey, who had sung it while staying at Dalhart’s home and had in turn heard it from his brother Robert Massey, who may have heard it while serving time in prison.

“The Prisoner’s Song” was one of the best-selling songs of the 1920s, particularly in the recording by Vernon Dalhart. The Vernon Dalhart version was recorded on Victor Records in October 1924 and marketed in the hillbilly music genre. It was likely one of the best-selling records of the early 20th century. Although contemporary data show that Victor pressed slightly over 1.3 million copies during the record’s peak years of popularity, anecdotal accounts sourced from a 1940s promotional flyer report sales as high as 7 million. The song’s publisher at the time, Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., reportedly sold over one million copies of the song’s sheet music.
(Pine Top Smith – PineTop’s Boogie Woogie (1928)
Clarence Smith (June 11, 1904 – March 15, 1929), better known as Pinetop Smith or Pine Top Smith, was an American boogie-woogie style blues pianist. His hit tune “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” featured rhythmic “breaks” that were an essential ingredient of ragtime music, but also a fundamental foreshadowing of rock & roll. The song was also the first known use of the term “boogie woogie” on a record, and cemented that term as the moniker for the genre.
Eddie Cantor- Makin’ Whoopee
“Makin’ Whoopee” is a jazz/blues song, first popularized by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee!Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics and Walter Donaldson composed the music for the song as well as for the entire musical.
The title refers to celebrating a marriage. Eventually “making whoopee” became a euphemism for intimate sexual relations. The song has been called a “dire warning”, largely to men, about the “trap” of marriage. “Makin’ Whoopee” begins with the celebration of a weddinghoneymoon and marital bliss, but moves on to babies and responsibilities, and ultimately on to affairs and possible divorce, ending with a judge’s advice.
1928 – Black And Tan Fantasy – Duke Ellington
“Black and Tan Fantasy” is a 1927 jazz composition by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley. The song was recorded several times in 1927 for the OkehVictor and Brunswick record labels. The song was also featured in the 1929 short film Black and Tan. The Victor recording is an inductee of the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Heebie Jeebies-Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
“Heebie Jeebies” is a composition written by Boyd Atkins which achieved fame when it was recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1926. Armstrong also performed “Heebie Jeebies” as a number at the Vendome Theatre. The recording on Okeh Records by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five includes a famous example of scat singing by Armstrong. After the success of the recording, an accompanying dance was choreographed and advertised by Okeh.
1st RECORDING OF: Walk Right In – Cannon’s Jug Stompers (1929)
“Walk Right In” is a country blues song written by musician Gus Cannon and originally recorded by Cannon’s Jug Stompers in 1929. Victor Records released on a 78 rpm record and in 1959, it was included on the influential compilation album The Country Blues. A revised version of the song by the Rooftop Singers, with the writing credits allocated to group members Erik Darling and Bill Svanoe, became an international hit in 1963.

So folks, there we go, some of the most popular songs from the 1920’s – hope you enjoyed the line up for the first episode of Down Memory Lane – Series 1 – 1920’s E1#

Be sure to watch out for the new series of Ima Hear Becuz Ima All Ear – Song Challenge – coming soon to a screen near you!

6 thoughts on “Down Memory Lane

  1. Hey JB, I absolutely LOVE all these songs! Excellent tunes🎶💃🏼🥳 Thank you for putting this together.
    Do ya think I would’ve been a flapper if I’d been alive in the 20s??😂😂 I can totally see it😉

    How’s your SaturnDay going? Excellent is my hope!💌

    1. Yes l can see you being a Flapper ‘fer sure’ 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed it – it was fun putting it together. It was the trial for the series which l hope will be quite a long runner.

      I have a new song challenge starting soon – you may like also 🙂

  2. Wow! We really enjoyed this, Rory! I noticed Bud tapping his feet in time with the music as he ate his lunch. 😊 For me, it brought back memories of when I was small and stayed with my Granny. She had a lot of these old recordings and early on taught me how to play them by my self, very carefully of course, so as not to scratch them. It kept me occupied and out of trouble for hours at a time. The Featherlies were so enthused through the whole playlist they are still chirping about it. 😊

    We do appreciate all the effort you put into composing these posts. Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Betty, so a real hit and a lieral walk down memory lane to boot 🙂

      I was rather pleased with this post myself, and it was seriously relaxing putting it together . So glad you all enjoyed it too.

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