30 #1 Hits of the '30s

30 #1 Hits of the '30s



While there are a handful of various-artists compilations gathering songs from the Great Depression, few (if any) have packed so many "hit versions" into a single anthology as this 2004 release. The ever-increasing popularity of radio unified a nation wrought by financial and often personal turmoil. Of course, it also reflected the optimism and aspirations projected by the minority of Americans whose lifestyles were either unaffected or fueled by the misfortune of the rest. That obvious disparity is evident as Rudy Vallée's "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" is juxtaposed with the hopeful attitude of Ruth Etting's classic "Life Is a Song (Let's Sing It Together)." Perhaps as a form of escape, some of popular music's most essential entries surfaced during the 1930s. Although available space prohibits a complete listing here, among the more notable titles are "One Night of Love" (Grace Moore), "You're a Sweetheart" (Dolly Dawn), "I'm in the Mood for Love" (Little Jack Little), "A Fine Romance" (Fred Astaire), "Love Walked In" (Sammy Kaye), and "Body and Soul" (Paul Whiteman). The era yielded several unforgettable torch ballads, includingEthel Waters' "Stormy Weather," the Boswell Sisters' "Object of My Affection," and Guy Lombardo's "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye." There are even selections showing the lighter side of life, such as the Russ Morgan arrangement of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" (which modern ears will instantly associate as the theme to Warner Bros. animated shorts), Al Donohue & His Orchestra's "Jeepers Creepers" with vocals by Paula Kelly, Frankie Masters' signature "Scatter-Brain," and the definitive reading of "Minnie the Moocher" by Cab Calloway (who else?). Typically when dealing with recordings that date from over half a century ago, fidelity becomes an issue. Not so of 30 #1 Hits of the '30s, as the contents and audio quality are uniformly excellent throughout, further adding to the appeal of this double-disc compendium.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Collector's Choice
UPC: 0617742050523
catalogNumber: 505

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mildred Bailey   Vocals
Ted Lewis   Vocals
Ozzie Nelson   Vocals
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Johnny Green   Piano
Harry Babbitt   Vocals
Ginny Simms   Vocals
Jack Fulton   Vocals
Elmer Feldkamp   Vocals
Little Jack Little   Vocals
Frankie Masters   Vocals
Jimmie Lewis   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Cab Calloway   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmie Grier   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Kate Smith   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Carl Bean   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Joseph F. Laredo   Liner Notes
Little Jack Little   Composer
Frankie Masters   Composer
Vee Lawnhurst   Composer
Pinky Tomlin   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Robert Sauer   Composer
Tot Seymour   Composer
Maurice Sigler   Composer
John Siras   Composer
Mary Hale Woolsey   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Norman Ellis   Composer
Goodhart   Composer
Kahn Keene   Composer
Dave Franklin   Composer
Coy Poe   Composer
Milton Taggart   Composer

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