The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s

The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s


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Great Depression: American Music in the '30s collects popular songs from one of the nation's most challenging eras. Songs like Victoria Spivey's "Detroit Moan," Billie Holliday's "Gloomy Sunday," Bill Cox's "NRA Blues," and Rudy Vallee's "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" convey the hard times and despair synonymous with that period, while Ted Lewis' "There's a New Day Comin'" and "Headin' for Better Times," Hal Kemp's "With Plenty of Money and You," and Artie Shaw's "Whistle While You Work" add an optimistic touch. Great Depression: American Music in the '30s gives a good representation of how swing, big band, folk, and blues helped America express and enjoy itself during tough times.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1993
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074645758923
catalogNumber: 57589

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbecue Bob   Track Performer
Blind Willie Johnson   Track Performer
Memphis Minnie   Track Performer
Victoria Spivey   Track Performer
Rudy Vallée   Track Performer
Glen Gray   Conductor
Hal Kemp   Track Performer
Red Norvo   Track Performer
Artie Shaw   Track Performer
Ted Lewis   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Cox   Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Henri Ford   Track Performer
Blues Birdhead   Track Performer
Chick Bullock   Track Performer
Casa Loma Orchestra   Track Performer
Red Norvo & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Horace Heidt & His Orchestra   Track Performer
T. Lewis   Track Performer
Old Fashioned Dance Orch.   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Barbecue Bob   Contributor
Blind Willie Johnson   Composer,Contributor
Memphis Minnie   Contributor
Victoria Spivey   Contributor
Rudy Vallée   Contributor
Hal Kemp   Contributor
Red Norvo   Contributor
Artie Shaw   Contributor
Ted Lewis   Contributor
Irving Mills   Composer
Horace Heidt   Contributor
Louis Armstrong   Contributor
Bill Cox   Contributor
Duke Ellington   Composer,Contributor
Mark A. Humphrey   Liner Notes
Blues Birdhead   Contributor
Chick Bullock   Contributor
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Casa Loma Orchestra   Contributor
Lawrence Cohn   Producer
Tracy Boychuk   Art Direction
Henry Nemo   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Rena Kosersky   Producer
László Jávor   Composer

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The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BESH More than 1 year ago
Al the songs in this collection give a clear statement about the era. Even though there was only a 17% unemployment rate at that time, those people were never accepted back into the workforce once WWII ended the depression. These songs seem to have been selected to represent the social group that was never fully reintegrated back into society.