Vintage Christmas - Best Songs From the 1920s 1930s & 1940s CD
In the bleakness of mid-winter, just a few days after the year’s shortest day, Christmas is always a welcome antidote to those grey days – particularly for children. It is perhaps the dark and intimate vocals of many of the Christmas songs of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s that reflect best the warmth of the festive period. Many of the 24 songs included on this collection remain yuletide evergreens, sung by others seeking to add their voices to the Christmas spirit. Expertly performed by stars of both stage and screen, indulge in a little vintage nostalgia with these expertly cleaned and remastered original recordings.
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Frank Sinatra - White Christmas
Connie Boswell - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Doris Day - Here Comes Santa Claus
Perry Como - Winter Wonderland
Judy Garland - Merry Christmas
Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Harry Babbitt - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Spike Jones & His City Slickers - All I want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
Margaret Whiting - The Mistletoe Kiss Polka
Perry Como - There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - Christmas Night In Harlem
Gracie Fields - The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
Dick Robertson & His Orchestra - Don't Wait Till The Night Before Christmas
Frank Sinatra - Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year)
Fats Waller & His Rhythm - (Swingin' Them) Jingle Bells
Phyllis Robins - The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
Sydney Lipton & His Grosvenor House Band - I'm Going Home For Christmas
Perry Como - That Christmas Feeling
Harry Babbitt - Frosty The Snowman
Judy Garland - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Dinah Shore - The Merry Christmas Polka
Dimensions: 11.8 x 13.8 x 0.6cm
The Roaring Twenties has become one of the best defined (and analysed) decades in modern history. The “Jazz Age”: Flappers, the Charleston, Prohibition, Al Capone, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Lilian Gish, Gloria Swanson, PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, DH Lawrence, Bright Young Things and Gatsby. It is seen as a time of hedonism for many, fuelled by music, art, fashion, technology and seemingly a never-ending string of parties. Emerging from the horror of the First World War, this was a generation determined to cling to the joys of life with everything they had. Dismissing the conventions and norms that held sway before the war, they created – new styles, new moralities and, in many ways, new methods of self-destruction.
After the Roaring Twenties burned itself out, it yielded to a less frenetic palette of popular music. The popularity of night club entertainers soared when they began appearing 'on the halls' instead of being confined to exclusive nightspots. Charming, clever songs with great appeal created and reflected an age of elegance, refinement and a not inconsiderable wit.
The elegance of the thirties was soon replaced, once the Second World War appeared, with a combination of stiff-upper-lip stoic resolution mixed with a fervent sense of community and patriotism. Added to this mix were flurries of fun-seizing in the face of hardship - such as the dance hall exuberance of Glenn Miller.
#BingCrosby: One of the Century's greatest and most enduring popular singers, whether in jazz or slow ballads, the smooth Crosby magic is poured into every song.
#AndrewsSisters: Still influential and admired today for their pristine close harmonies, the American sisters were swing and boogie-woogie masters. Selling over 75 million records, LaVerne, Maxene and Patricia were the most popular female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century.
#FrankSinatra: Beginning with Harry James in 1939, he worked with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra before going solo. His genre-defining phrasing and intimacy never fail to draw in the listener.
#ConnieBoswell: One of the Boswell Sisters - a massively successful vocal trio between 1924 and 1935 - Connie, a multi-instrumentalist, achieved solo success after they all married, despite being confined to a wheelchair (from having polio as a child).
#NatKingColeTrio: With their first hit in 1942, the Trio were popular throughout the forties, before disbanding in 1951. Cole’s later, stratospheric, solo career achieved almost eighty hit singles before his early death in 1965.
#DorisDay: Actress and singer Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, began her career as a big band singer in 1939. After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown she became a solo artist and made over 650 recordings, and is one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.
#PerryComo: Starting as a barber, he moved into music in 1933, and joined Ted Weems and his Orchestra in 1936. Initially just another relaxed crooner, he developed his own friendly, intimate style and gradually became an instantly recognisable legend.
#JudyGarland: Born Frances Ethel Gumm, she had a career spanning 40 years as singer, actress, and vaudevillian. Renowned for her versatility and contralto vocals she attained international stardom through two dozen films, record-breaking concert appearances and her own television series.
#LeroyAnderson: A child of Massachusetts, and a first-rate conductor of his own compositions, he began arranging for Arthur Fiedler's Boston Pops Orchestra in the mid-1930s.
#HarryBabbittHeartbeats: A native of St Louis, Harry became the lead male singer with Kay Kyser's band before embarking on a successful solo career.
#SpikeJonesCitySlickers: American musician, bandleader and 'King Of Corn' Spike Jones specialized in satirical arrangements of popular songs from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s. Performances included gunshots, whistles, cowbells and zany vocals.
#MargaretWhiting: Daughter of composer Richard, Margaret was a popular and country music singer very much in her own right.
#PaulWhitemanOrchestra: Leading of one of the most popular dance bands of the 1920s and 1930s, Paul Whiteman was often referred to as the "King of Jazz" but explored many styles, blending symphonic music, pop and jazz.
#GracieFields: The opera star Luisa Tetrazzini tried to persuade Gracie, with her pure tones, to study opera, but Gracie chose to stay with variety. An actress, singer and comedian on both stage and screen, the Lancashire born performer was at her most successful in the 1930s.
#DickRobertsonOrchestra: From 1935 to 1942, Dick recorded prolifically with Decca studio bands. With a pleasing vocal style and a flair for selecting top jazzmen, many of his records are still highly prized.
#FatsWaller: Who else but the irrepressible Fats Waller would describe himself as the 'harmful little armful' or 'Mrs Waller's 285 pounds of jam, jive and everythin''? His recordings express an unbridled sense of joie de vivre.
#PhyllisRobins: Sheffield-born Phyllis Ann Robinson was a headlining big band singer and actress, working with Jack Hylton, Charlie Kunz and Billy Cotton, among others. With a style ranging from torch songs to swing standards, she sang songs simply and with an undeniable charm.
#SydneyLiptonGrosvenorHouseBand: Band leader Sydney enjoyed a long association with London's Grosvenor House Hotel, one of the most accomplished of Britain’s dance bands, from 1931 through to 1972.
#DinahShore: Frances Rose Shore was the first singer of her era to achieve solo success, having 80 chart hits from 1940 to 1957. She was an accomplished and well-loved singer, actress and television star.