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1930s (Taster)


 01 Puttin’ On The Ritz - Harry Richman 1930

 02 Just A Gigalo - Ted Lewis Orchestra 1931

03  It Don’t Mean A Thing  - Duke Ellington with Ivie Anderson 1932

04  Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway 1933

05 The Very Thought Of You - Al Bowlly with Ray Noble & His Orch 1934

 06 It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie - Fats Waller & His Rhythm 1935

 07 Goody, Goody - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra 1936

 08 One O’Clock Jump - Count Basie 1937

 09 Roll ‘Em Pete - Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson 1938

 10 Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra 1939

Following the Wall Street Crash of 1929,  the USA and the world was suffering economically from The Great  Depression, eventually  leading to the onset of  World War 2.  Prohibition ended in late 1933 but hurricanes and dust storms in the USA from 1930 to the mid-30s caused extensive damage to crops  and farm land leading to drought and food shortages.

On a more positive note, there were many technological advances in radio, radar, movies, phonograph records, motor vehicles and railways and many other industries.

Although recorded in the late 1920s, Delta Blues came into its own through Robert Johnson in this decade. By 1935 Swing was becoming the major sound of Jazz and musicals were very popular.  Jazz was more likely to be heard in big bands rather than the smaller combos. Country music was also becoming popular, mainly through cowboy films of the day, featuring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.

In Britain, the BBC broadcast high-definition television from Alexandra Palace in London, but  radio was more popular at the time. British dance bands were influenced by Jazz from the USA..

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