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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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GE Presents The Bing Crosby Show ep Debut

Saturday, December 21, 2013

GE Presents The Bing Crosby Show ep Debut

This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV

Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: The Bing Crosby Show; GE Presents; Jack Benny; Bing Crosby; Classic TV

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Now Playing - Scrooge (1935)

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Happy Holidays from Blast2thePast

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blast2thePast wants to wish you Happy Holidays! It has been a wonderful year for this blog. Thank you for visiting us. It is good sometimes to remember where we come from. American culture has changed so dramatically over the years. We hope you have a safe, loving, peaceful Holiday!

Would Cole Porter Roll in His Grave?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Anything Goes? Really? Let us look back into the past. Back in the day when Cole Porter was alive, things were much different. Well, at least all the things that are exposed today were not so public.
Would Cole Porter roll in his grave? Cole Porter was a genius songwriter. He was known for songs like "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Night and Day," "Love for Sale" and "Begin the Beguine."
He was known for writing music for Broadway. Cole Porter was successful. His private parties were also very exciting.

But what about today? Look at all the Chaos in the world. Would he be writing dance music or hip hop? Or would Cole Porter go on the American Idol? Sometimes we must realize that certain people are just meant to be around for a certain style of time.

Who knows maybe that song he wrote "Anything Goes" really did make an impact on today's culture. People really took the meaning of that song to heart. We have more exposure in entertainment. Do you think Cole Porter would fall back in his chair if he watched Miley Cyrus? That would definitely inspire Cole Porter to do a remix.

Today's world has lost its moral core. The innocence is gone. Now we are dealing with growing up. Everything kept in the dark has now been revealed out in the open. It is up to us on what we do with it. But you can only repeat the same action over and over again over many years until you lose that creative step. Cole Porter always kept things fresh. He was inspired. He was full of ambition, creativity, and excitement. He cared.

Do people care anymore? Entertainment is more of an artificial commercialized business. Only the elite select few become celebrities. Much undiscovered talent will remain to be lost. But wait, Cole was elite. Maybe only select few really do make a difference. To answer the question: Yes He would Roll in His Grave. He would probably get up and dance. But many of the things he would see happening, he would have to do a double take. We are living in different times. Everything is so exposed. We are now connecting in a much stronger pace. Consciousness is rising.

Fran Allison - Punky Punkin (Vintage Halloween Song)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Recorded in 1952. This is an example of a vintage Halloween song from the early 1950s.
It is called, "Punky Punkin."
This version was sung by Fran Allison an American Television and Radio Comedian and Singer. She was best known for her starring role on the weekday NBC-TV puppet show Kukla, Fran and Ollie, which ran from 1947 to 1957.

Feature Film - Things to Come (1936)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Things to Come opens with a near-future forecast of Christmas 1940 in the metropolis of Everytown (obviously London), a city threatened by world war. Pacifist intellectuals, such as John Cabal (Massey), try to turn the tide. But Cabal's efforts go unheeded by the self-interested classes, and war arrives with tanks and aeroplanes and gas bombs. Everytown is destroyed by air raids (dramatically enacted four years before the real thing).The war continues for thirty years, its original purpose forgotten. As a result, civilization degenerates while "the Wandering Sickness" and devastation accelerate the spiral down until 1970, when the world has crumbled into a balkanized "Mad Max" Dark Ages. Everytown is ruled by a barbaric warlord, the Boss (Ralph Richardson), as the war continues on a Medieval scale.

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Halloween Pin Up Girl (1940s) - Gale Robbins

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gale Robbins (born Betty Gale Robbins, May 7, 1921[1] - February 18, 1980) was an American actress and singer.[2]
Born in Indiana, Robbins graduated from high school in June 1939 and began her career with the Phil Levant band in 1940. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Olson, in November 1944 when he was in the Air Force.
Starting as a model and nightclub singer she made her film debut in In the Meantime, Darling in 1944 and appeared in several films, such as Calamity Jane and My Dear Secretary (1948). She later focused on TV, hosting Hollywood House from 1949 to 1950. She released the album I'm a Dreamer, backed by Eddie Cano and his orchestra, in 1958.
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Halloween Pin Up Girl (1940s) - Betty Grable

Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American actress, dancer, and singer.[1]
Grable was celebrated for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood and studio publicity widely dispersed photos featuring them. Her iconic bathing suit poster made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. It was later included in the Life magazine project "100 Photos that Changed the World". Hosiery specialists of the era often noted the ideal proportions of her legs as thigh (18.5"), calf (12"), and ankle (7.5").[2] Grable's legs were famously insured by her studio for $1,000,000 with Lloyds of London.[citation needed]
Grable appeared in several smash-hit musical films in the 1940s, most notable: Mother Wore Tights in 1947, with frequent co-star Dan Dailey. She came to prominence in 1939 when she signed with Twentieth Century-Fox and signed on to appear opposite Ethel Merman in the Broadway musical Du Barry Was a Lady. But it was not until she was called back to Hollywood to replace Fox's musical queen, Alice Faye, in Down Argentine Way, that she became a household name. Throughout her career, Grable was typecast in her stereotype-musical film roles, and when her career faltered in the 1950s, she found it hard to reinvent herself as a serious, trained actress. In 1958 she appeared as herself on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour with then husband Harry James in an episode entitled "Lucy Wins A Racehorse".

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Halloween Pin Up Girl (1940s) - Lucia Carrol

Autumn Pin Up Girl (1940s)

Halloween Pin Up Girl (1940s) - Witch

Halloween Pin Up Girl (1940s) - Big Pumpkin

Halloween Pin Up Girl (1940s) - Black Cat

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic. Director: Nathan Juran Writers: Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay), Christopher Knopf (screenplay) » Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry 

That's My Baby

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Presenting a feature film for your enjoyment.
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films

Director: William A. Berke
Producer: Walter Colmes
Production Company: Republic Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Keywords: That's My Baby
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Classic Horror - Gaslight (1944)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Gaslight is a 1944 mystery-thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton's play, Gas Light, performed as Angel Street on Broadway in 1941. It was the second version to be filmed; the first, released in the United Kingdom, had been made a mere four years earlier. This 1944 version of the story was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. It had a larger scale and budget and lends a different feel to the material than the earlier film.
Director: Thorold Dickinson
Producer: British National Films
Production Company: British National Films
Audio/Visual: sound, black and white
Language: English
Keywords: mystery; thriller
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Ben Bernie Orchestra - Bigger and Better Than Ever

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ben Bernie & His Orch. - Bigger And Better Than Ever, Brunswick 1929

Ben Bernie Orchestra - Aint She Sweet?

"Ain't She Sweet" is a song composed by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published in 1927 by Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc./Warner Bros., Inc. It became popular in the first half of the 20th century, one of the hit songs that typified the Roaring Twenties. Like "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929), it became a Tin Pan Alley standard. Both Ager and Yellen were elected to membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Top Ten Christmas Movies of the 1940s

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

When it gets close to the Holiday Season, you may want to find some movies that get you in the Christmas Spirit. Here is a small list of movies from the 1940s to get you in the mood. Christmas was a really big deal back then. The 1940s had a certain special feeling when it came to the Holidays.

Top 10 Christmas Movies (1940s)

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
2. Bell's of St. Mary's, The (1945)
3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
4. Holiday Inn (1942)
5. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
6. Bishop's Wife, The (1947)
7. Christmas Holiday (1944)
8. Beyond Christmas (1940)
9. Holiday Affair (1949)
10. I'll Be Seeing You (1944)

Old Time Radio - G.I. Jive

Thursday, September 5, 2013

G.I. Jive
G.I. Jive was a 15-minute music program that was produced & broadcast by the U.S. government via the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) radio network. Early shows had a variety of hosts: Frank Nelson, Lester Jay, and popular pin-up girls like Donna Reed were guest DJs.
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Popular TV Shows of the 1950s

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The 1950s brought about the start of television. Old time radio was fading out. Everyone began buying a television for every home. Culture shifted into a new opportunity to bring about vast entertainment to the public. The birth of the television meant that families could enjoy entertainment in their living rooms instead of driving to the local drive in movie theater.

Here are some popular tv shows from the 1950s to get you familiar of that wonderful exciting time period. There were many shows. Not all are listed in this post. To get a complete list visit this page.

Popular Shows (1950s):

1. The Many Loves of Doby Gillis
2. The Lone Ranger
3. The Nat King Cole Show
4. Peter Gunn
5. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
6. The Phil Silvers Show
7. The Donna Reed Show
8. This is Your Life
9. Make Room for Daddy
10. Wagon Train
11. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
12. Maverick
13. What's My Line
14. You Bet Your Life
15. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
16. Dragnet
17. The Jack Benny Program
18. Perry Mason
19. The Jackie Gleason Show
20. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
21. The Milton Berle Show
22. Father Knows Best
23. The Steve Allen Show
24. Leave it to Beaver
25. The Honeymooners
26. Gunsmoke
27. The Ed Sullivan Show
28. American Bandstand
29. I love Lucy
30. Your Show of Shows

There are many more shows that aired at that time. The shows listed here are just an overall glimpse into the 1950s. I hope you enjoyed the Blast to the Past.

Shoo Shoo Baby - The Andrews Sisters

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Shoo Shoo Baby" is a popular song made famous by The Andrews Sisters. They sang it in the 1943 film Three Cheers for the Boys and it became a big hit for them in 1944, reaching No. 6 in the chart. Their version features a jazzy vocal pop arrangement typical of the time, with a key hook provided by the horns. It was written by Phil Moore and has appeared on many albums of 1940's music.
Ella Mae Morse also recorded this song in 1943, released on CAPITOL label 143, with Dick Walters Orchestra. This version went to number four on the pop chart and number one on the R&B charts for 2 weeks in Dec, 1943.[1] It was also recorded by Glenn Miller with the vocals performed by the Crew Chiefs. Frank Sinatra recorded the song in the fifties, as did Nat King Cole.
Wikipedia Source: link

Frank Sinatra - Pick Yourself Up

Friday, August 2, 2013

Pick Yourself Up - this song is always important to listen to if you are feeling down. Or maybe you feel like there is nothing better for you. Well, you can always pick yourself up and start all over again.
This song has been done by many artists. Fred Astaire sang this song too in the early 30s. So it has been around a while. You need inspiration and motivation. Hopefully this song will help you.

Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" is a 1936 song, written by Louis Prima and first recorded by him with the New Orleans Gang and released in March 1936 as a 78 as Brunswick 7628 (with "It's Been So Long" as the B side). It is strongly identified with the big band and swing eras. It was covered by Fletcher Henderson and most famously Benny Goodman. Originally entitled "Sing Bing Sing", in reference to Bing Crosby, it was soon retitled for use in wider contexts. The song has since been covered by numerous artists. The original version of the song by Louis Prima includes lyrics, but, due to the better-known Benny Goodman version being instrumental (and including many musical flourishes in its arrangement), many assume the song was written as such.

Top 20 Greatest Songs 1940-1949

Friday, July 19, 2013


1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942)
2. Star Dust - Artie Shaw (1941)
3. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry (1949)
4. Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers (1943)
5. Body and Soul - Coleman Hawkins (1940)
6. Near You - Francis Craig and His Orchestra (1947)
7. The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole (1946)
8. I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1940)
9. Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore and Her Harper Valley Boys (1948)
10. Frenesi - Artie Shaw (1940)
11. Sentimental Journey - Les Brown with Doris Day (1945)
12. Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet (1944)
13. Peg O' My Heart - The Harmonicats (1947)
14. Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) - Vaughn Monroe (1949)
15. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires (1941)
16. The Gypsy - The Ink Spots (1946)
17. I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)
18. When You Wish Upon a Star - Cliff Edwards (1940)
19. Heartaches - Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
20. You Are My Sunshine - Jimmie Davis (1940)

Youtube Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gx5DhKN_zY 

Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra - I'm Feathering a Nest

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

recorded 4/28/1929

Gus Arnheim (September 4, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – January 19, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) was an early popular band leader. He is noted for writing several songs with his first hit being "I Cried for You" from 1923. He was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.[1] He also had a few small acting roles.[2]
Armheim's first recorded for OKeh in 1928-1929, when he signed with Victor in 1929 and stayed through 1933. He signed with Brunswick and recorded through 1937. In 1928-31, Arnheim had an extended engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. In 1930, when Paul Whiteman finished filming The King of Jazz for Universal, The Rhythm Boys vocal trio, consisting of Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker decided to stay in California and they signed up with Arnheim's band. While the Rhythm Boys only recorded one song with Arnheim, "Them There Eyes", which also happened to be The Rhythm Boys final recording, Arnheim's Orchestra backed Crosby on a number of songs released by Victor Records in 1931.[3] These popular records, coupled with Arnheim's radio broadcasts featuring Crosby's solo vocals, were a key element to the beginning of Crosby's popularity as a crooner.
Wikipedia Source: Gus Arnheim

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hello Blog Visitors,

There will be lots of changes ahead for me. Me and my family are currently relocating at the end of June. Blast2thepast is a great joy for me. There will be many more posts to come. For now, enjoy the content already presented here. It has been a very busy time.

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The Rivingtons - Papa Oom Mow Mow

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Music by The Rivingtons who were a 1960s doo-wop group, Their first hit single was "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" released in 1962, B-Side, "Deep Water", on the Liberty label.

The Best Songs of the 1930's

Monday, May 6, 2013

20. Powerhouse - Raymond Scott (1937)
19. You Rascal, You - The Mills Brothers (1932)
18. Caravan - Duke Ellington (1937)
17. Anything Goes - Cole Porter (1934)
16. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön - The Andrews Sisters (1938)
15. Jeepers Creepers - Louis Armstrong (1938)
14. Happy Feet - Paul Whiteman & The Rhythm Boys (1930)
13. Midnight, The Stars and You - Al Bolly & Ray Noble (1934)
12. Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (1937)
11. Bugle Call Rag - Benny Goodman (1936)
10. Lili Marlene - Marlene Dietrich (1939)
9. We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn (1939)
8. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland (1939)
7. Night and Day - Cole Porter & Fred Astaire (1932)
6. Georgia On My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael (1930)
5. Deep Purple - Bea Wain & Larry Clinton (1939)
4. Summertime - George Gershwin (1935)
3. Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw (1938)
2. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller (1939)
1. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) - Benny Goodman (1937)

Youtube Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTEUy7QXfgs

We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 song made famous by British singer Vera Lynn with music and lyrics composed and written by Ross Parker (born Albert Rostron Parker, 16 August 1914 in Manchester) & Hugh Charles (born Charles Hugh Owen Ferry, 24 July 1907 in Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire).
The song is one of the most famous songs of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight and their families and sweethearts. The assertion that "we'll meet again" is optimistic, as many soldiers did not survive to see their loved ones again. Indeed, the meeting place at some unspecified time in the future would have been seen by many who lost loved ones to be heaven.
The song gave its name to the 1943 musical film We'll Meet Again in which Vera Lynn played the lead role (see 1943 in music). Lynn's recording is featured in the final scene of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, and was also used in the closing scenes of the 1986 BBC television serial The Singing Detective. British director John Schlesinger used the song in his 1979 WWII film, "Yanks", which is about British citizens and American soldiers during the military buildup in the U.K. as the Allies prepared for the D-Day Invasion.
During the Cold War, Vera Lynn's recording was included in the package of music and programmes held in 20 underground radio stations of the BBC's Wartime Broadcasting Service (WTBS), designed to provide public information and morale-boosting broadcasts for 100 days after a nuclear attack.[1] Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins reprised the song at her appearance alongside Lynn in London on the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005, and has retained it as an occasional item in her repertoire.

So You Can Fool Me Some More

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

GUS ARNHEIM with Bing Crosby play and sing "So You Can Fool Me Some More" on Victor #22561, recorded 10-29-1930.

From Wikipedia:
In 1928-31, Arnheim had an extended engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. In 1930, when Paul Whiteman finished filming The King of Jazz for Universal, The Rhythm Boys vocal trio, consisting of Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker decided to stay in California and they signed up with Arnheim's band. While the Rhythm Boys only recorded one song with Arnheim, "Them There Eyes", which also happened to be The Rhythm Boys final recording, Arnheim's Orchestra backed Crosby on a number of songs released by Victor Records in 1931. These popular records, coupled with Arnheim's radio broadcasts featuring Crosby's solo vocals, were a key element to the beginning of Crosby's popularity as a crooner.

From "Doc" Murph at The Internet Archive:
In 1930 when these recordings were made, the Gus Arnheim Orchestra, featured at the Cocoanut Grove in Hollywood, was the rage of the radio and the West Coast. Ironically Arnheim's vocalist, Bing Crosby, would within months of these recording sessions soar to incomprehensible fame as the premier vocalist of his generation. Yet at this time Bing Crosby was just a hot vocalist who had recently left the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and was becoming a soloist with Gus Arnheim. He was not a headliner yet.

In 1930 and 1931, some notable people worked in or with Arnheim's band: * Fred MacMurray played clarinet and tenor sax in 1930-31. * Russ Columbo played violin in 1930. * Future popular bandleader Jimmie Grier was staff arranger during this time.

Fred Astaire Dancing On The Ceiling

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fred Astaire "Ceiling" Dance - 1951 MGM Classic Film 'Royal Wedding'.

So how did Fred Astaire create this famous dance scene? How did they do it?

They built a special set that was attached to a giant motor which turned the room while the camera was attached to the set itself. You can see while Fred leans into the turns of the room and makes the transitions.

Frank Sinatra - Blue Moon

Monday, April 1, 2013

"Blue Moon" is a classic popular song. It was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934, and has become a standard ballad. The song has been covered as a released single by artists such as Billie Holiday, Mel Torme, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Beady Eye, Frank Sinatra and Cliff Richard. In 1961 it became a doo-wop hit when recorded by The Marcels. The song has featured in musical films such as Grease.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight", also known as "Wimba Way" or "Wimoweh" (and originally as "Mbube"), is a song written and recorded by Solomon Linda originally with the Evening Birds[1] for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. It was covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including The Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba, and The Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the U.S. as adapted by the doo-wop group The Tokens

Top Slang Words of the 1950s

Sunday, February 17, 2013

1. Made in the Shade – This 1950’s slang term was used to describe something or someone that was guaranteed to be or is a success. I.e. “Did you hear that Danny got into Yale? He’s got is made in the shade, man.”
2. Peepers – A slang word used to describe glasses in the 1950’s. I.e. “Hey, take a look at that nerd with those massive peepers on his face!”
3. Split – This 50’s slang word was used in reference to leaving a place, often very quickly. I.e. “I’m bored, let’s split!”
4. Threads – This is a descriptive slang word used in reference to a person’s clothing. I.e. “Those are some cool threads you’ve got on, man.”
5. Burn Rubber – The 50’s slang term was used when talking about accelerating a car hard and fast, often used in relation to “hot rodders” of the time. I.e “Let’s burn rubber and show them what this hot rod can really do!”
6. Hot Rod – Used to as a descriptive term for typically American made muscle cars that were modified with large engines for linear speed with usually a very flashy exterior. I.e. “Did you see that new hot rod, Johnny brought to the dance? It was unreal!”
7. Get Bent! – This 1950’s slang term was used when someone wanted to tell someone off or to go away. I.e. “Johnny, get bent! I’m over you!”
8. No Sweat – Slang term used to explain that something was no problem or easy. I.e. “I fixed that leaky faucet for you, it was no sweat.”
9. Nosebleed – The 50’s slang word was used to address or reference someone in a disparaging way, usually a nerd, geek, etc. “Hey nosebleed, watch where you’re going next time, huh?”
10. Pad – Used to reference a person’s home. I.e. “This is a nice pad you’ve got here, Johnny.”
11. Righto – This slang word was used when someone wanted to agreed with another person. I.e. “You want to take out the trash? Righto, mom.”
12. Greaser – Originally used to describe a guy with tons of hair product in his hair, but within a few years it was used to describe a certain group of 1950’s youth. I.e. “John Travolta in Grease was the ultimate greaser, don’t you think?”
13. Heat – The 50’s slang word was used to describe police, usually by the younger crowd or the less savory subset of society. I.e. “I think that’s the heat, man, let’s split!”
14. Kook/Kookie – This was a slang word used to describe someone who was odd, weird, nuts, crazy, etc. I.e. “Did you see that guy wearing the tin foil hat, he’s such as kook!”
15. Ankle-biter – This term was used to describe a young child who was often found crawling around on the floor at around ankle height. I.e. “That little ankle-biter of yours is really cute.”

The Squadronairs - Tangerine

Friday, February 8, 2013


Top Slang in the 1940s

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Top Slang of the 1940s

ADAM AND EVE ON A RAFT--resturant slang for bacon and eggs with toast.
ADAM AND EVE ON A RAFT AND WRECK UM--same as above but with scrambled eggs.
All Wet - Describes an erroneous idea or individual, as in, "he's all wet."
Applesauce - an explative; same as horsefeathers, As in "Ah applesauce!"
Big Cheese - The most important or influential person; boss. Same as big shot.
Bluenose - An excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of "the Blue Nozzle Curse."
Broad- Woman, Dame
Bump Off - To murder, To kill.
Carry a Torch - To have a crush on someone.
Cat's Meow - Something splendid or stylish; The best or greatest, wonderful.
Darb - An excellent person or thing (as in "the Darb" - a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check).
Dame- A Woman
Drugstore Cowboy - a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls.
Dumb Dora - a stupid female.
Fall Guy - Victim of a frame.
Flat Tire - A dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan.
Frame - To give false evidence, to set up someone.
Hard Boiled - a tough, strong guy.
Heebie-Jeebies - The jitters.
High-Hat - To snub.
Hoofer - Dancer.
Horsefeathers - an explative; same usage as applesauce.
Hotsy-Totsy - Pleasing.
Jalopy - Old car.
Keen - Attractive or appealing.
Kisser - Mouth.
Line - Insincere flattery.
Lounge Lizard - a horny dog.
Moll - A gangster's girl.
Pinch - To arrest.
Pushover - A person easily convinced or seduced.
Ritzy - Elegant (from the hotel).
Scram - Ask someone to leave immediately.
Soitently- Sure!
Spiffy - An elegant appearance.
Spread Out!- Get out of the way! Give me some room! Stop crowding me!
Stuck On - Having a crush on.
Swanky - Ritzy.
Swell- Wonderful.
Wise guy- A Smart Aleck
Whoopee - To have a good time.
GAMS-a woman's legs
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ--to get fancy with your dress or demeanor
STOOL PIGEON--a person who tattles on his friends
STOOLIE--same as a stool pigeon

Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five--Is You Is Or Is You Ain't

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Is You Is or Is you Ain't my Baby

from the Movie Follow The Boys--1944

"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" is a 1944 Louis Jordan song, released as the B-side of single with "G.I. Jive". "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" reached #1 on the US folk/country charts.[1] The Louis Jordan recording also peaked at number two for three weeks on the pop chart and peaked at number three on the R&B charts.[2]
It was co-written by Jordan and Billy Austin. Austin (March 6, 1896 - July 24, 1964) was a songwriter and author, born in Denver, Colorado. The phrase "Is you is or is you ain't" is dialect, apparently first recorded in a 1921 story by Octavus Roy Cohen, a Jewish writer from South Carolina who wrote humorous black dialect fiction. Glenn Miller recorded this song on a radio broadcast from Europe during World War II.
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Nat King Cole - Straighten Up & Fly Right

"Straighten Up and Fly Right" is a 1943 song written by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills and performed by The King Cole Trio. The single became the trio's most popular single reaching number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for ten non consecutive weeks. The single also peaked at number nine on the pop charts.[1] "Straighten Up and Fly Right" also reached number one for six non consecutive weeks on the Most Played Jukebox Hillbilly Records. [2]
The song was based on a black folk tale that Cole's father had used as a theme for one of his sermons. A buzzard takes different animals for a joy ride. When he gets hungry, he throws them off on a dive and eats them for dinner. A monkey who had observed this trick goes for a ride; he wraps his tail around the buzzard's neck and gives the buzzard a big surprise by nearly choking him to death.
The song was a part of the score of the 1943 film, "Here Comes Elmer"[3]
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Rosemary Clooney - I'll Be Seeing You

Before the rock & roll revolution, Rosemary Clooney was one of the most popular female singers in America, rising to superstardom during the golden age of adult pop. Like many of her peers in the so-called "girl singer" movement - Doris Day, Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, et al. - Clooney's style was grounded in jazz, particularly big-band swing. She wasn't an improviser or a technical virtuoso, and lacked the training to stand on an equal footing with the greatest true jazz singers. However, she sang with an effortless, spirited swing, and was everything else a great pop singer of her era should have been. Her phrasing and diction were flawless, and her voice was warm, smooth, and relaxed; moreover, she was a sensitive and emotionally committed interpreter of lyrics. Some of her biggest hits were dialect-filled novelty songs, like her star-making breakthrough "Come On-a My House" from 1951, but she generally preferred to tackle more sophisticated fare, and recorded with numerous duet partners, jazz orchestras, and top-tier arrangers. Changing tastes and various personal problems conspired to stall her career in the '60s.- Source

Vintage TV Commercials from the 1940's & 50's

Band Aid
Gillette Blue Blades
Reach for the Remington - Electric Shaver
Gillette Super Speed Razor
Mum deodorant, now with M-3
Pepsodent tooth paste - You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent
Dodge cars - Proud in Service, Swift and Mighty in Action

I've Got Rhythm: Tribute to William Robinson

Ella Fitzgerald sings I've Got Rhythm.

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (May 25, 1878 -- November 25, 1949) was an American tap dancer and actor of stage and film. Audiences enjoyed his understated style, which eschewed the frenetic manner of the jitterbug in favor of cool and reserve; rarely did he use his upper body, relying instead on busy, inventive feet and an expressive face.

A figure in both the black and white entertainment worlds of his era, he is best known today for his dancing with Shirley Temple in a series of films during the 1930s.

At the age of six, Robinson began dancing for a living, appearing as a "hoofer" or busker in local beer gardens. He soon dropped out of school to pursue dancing as a career. In 1886, he joined Mayme Remington's troupe in Washington, DC, and toured with them. In 1891, at the age of 12, he joined a traveling company in The South Before the War, and in 1905 worked with George Cooper as a vaudeville team. He gained great success as a nightclub and musical comedy performer, and during the next 25 years became one of the toasts of Broadway. Not until he was 50 did he dance for white audiences, having devoted his early career exclusively to appearances on the black theater circuit.

In 1908, in Chicago, he met Marty Forkins, who became his lifelong manager. Under Forkins' tutelage, Robinson matured and began working as a solo act in nightclubs, increasing his earnings to an estimated $3,500 per week. In 1928, he starred with Adelaide Hall on Broadway in the hugely successful musical revue Blackbirds of 1928 written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, in which he performed his famous stair dance. In 1930, he returned to Broadway to star with Adelaide Hall in Brown Buddies.

The publicity that gradually came to surround him included the creation of his famous "stair dance" (which he claimed to have invented on the spur of the moment when he was receiving an honor from the King of England, who was standing at the top of a flight of stairs -- Bojangles' feet just danced up to be honored); his successful gambling exploits; his bow ties of multiple colors; his prodigious charity; his ability to run backward extremely fast; his argot, most notably the neologism copacetic; and such stunts as dancing down Broadway in 1939 from Columbus Circle to 44th St. in celebration of his 61st birthday.

Little is known of his first marriage to Fannie S. Clay in Chicago shortly after World War I, his divorce in 1943, or his marriage to Elaine Plaines on January 27, 1944, in Columbus, Ohio.

Robinson served as a rifleman in World War I with New York's 15th Infantry Regiment, National Guard. The Regiment was renamed the 369th Infantry while serving under France's Fourth Army and earned the nickname the "Harlem Hellfighters". Along with serving in the trenches in World War I, Robinson was also the 369th "Hellfighters Band" drum major and led the regimental band up Fifth Avenue on the 369th's return from overseas.

Toward the end of the vaudeville era, a white impresario, Lew Leslie, produced Blackbirds of 1928, a black revue for white audiences featuring Robinson and other black stars. From then on, his public role was that of a dapper, smiling, plaid-suited ambassador to the white world, maintaining a tenuous connection with the black show-business circles through his continuing patronage of the Hoofers Club, an entertainer's haven in Harlem. - Youtube Source.

Fred Astaire - Crazy Feet (1930)

"Crazy Feet"
Words and Music - Sidney Mitchell, Con Conrad and Archie Gottler
Sung by Fred Astaire
Recorded March 26, 1930, London

Fred Astaire - One for My Baby

Fred Astaire dancing and singing to "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)". Song written for him to perform in the movie "The Sky's the Limit" (1943). Words by Johnny Mercer and music by Harold Arlen, dance by Fred Astaire. Song has been recorded multiple times by Frank Sinatra.