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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.