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Favorites of the Roaring Twenties

The 1920s was perhaps the most colorful and footloose decade in our country's history. This was a period of great social, moral and technological change. Women were first given the right to vote, prohibition ruled the land, radio and talking pictures came into being and aviation took a great step forward when Charles Lindbergh made a solo flight from New York to Paris.

Music too was seeing dramatic changes at this time. An exiting new sound called Jazz was first recorded and its influence was quickly felt in both popular music and dance. Tin Pan Alley, the country's song factory, was cranking out one great hit after another thanks to prolific songwriters like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Walter Donaldson to name a few. Sadly, the prosperity and exuberance that fueled this colorful decade would end with the stock market crash on October of 1929, the onset to the Great Depression.

Provided here are 40 vintage favorites from this period with sample selections from each year. Collectively, they represent the sounds and flavor of that remarkable time. Several have become standards that transcended the 1920s, including Who's Sorry Now?, It Had To Be You, Blue Skies, Singin' In The Rain and Ain't Misbehavin'.
  Track Song Title Artist Date Time
1 Whispering Paul Whiteman 1920 3:21
2 Look for the Silver Lining Edna Brown and Charles Harrison 1921 3:32
3 All By Myself Benny Krueger 1921 3:04
4 I`m Nobody`s Baby Marion Harris 1921 3:15
5 April Showers Gene Rodemich 1921 3:22
6 Carolina in the Morning American Quartet 1923 2:47
7 Who`s Sorry Now? Isham Jones 1923 3:12
8 Charleston Arthur Gibbs 1924 3:01
9 All Alone Lewis James 1925 3:11
10 It Had to Be You Broadway Broadcasters 1924 3:05
11 Nobody`s Sweetheart Aileen Stanley and Billy Murray 1924 3:01
12 I`ll See You In My Dreams Isham Jones 1924 2:51
13 Somebody Loves Me Isabelle Patricola 1924 3:06
14 Remember John McCormack 1926 3:04
15 Yes Sir That`s My Baby Ace Brigode 1925 3:06
16 Who? Harry Archer 1925 2:49
17 If You Knew Susie Billy Murray 1925 2:59
18 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue Irving Kaufman 1925 3:02
19 Baby Face Ben Selvin 1926 3:04
20 In a Little Spanish Town Miami Marimba Band 1926 2:51
21 It All Depends On You Fred Rich 1927 2:59
22 When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin` Al Ben Selvin 1926 2:56
23 Make Believe Scrappy Lambert 1928 2:28
24 Blue Skies Harry Richman 1927 2:51
25 Ramona Ben Selvin 1928 3:14
26 My Blue Heaven Don Voorhees 1927 3:22
27 The Varsity Drag Abe Lyman 1928 2:44
28 Makin` Whoopee! Eddie Walters 1929 3:14
29 You`re the Cream In My Coffee Scrappy Lambert 1928 3:16
30 Together Frank Munn 1928 3:00
31 That`s My Weakness Now Helen Kane 1929 3:37
32 She`s Funny That Way Ted Lewis 1928 3:20
33 Button Up Your Overcoat Waring`s Pennsylvanians 1929 3:00
34 You Were Meant For Me The Capitolians 1929 2:41
35 With A Song in My Heart Franlyn Baur 1929 3:01
36 Singin` In The Rain Fred Rich Orchestra 1929 3:17
37 Ain`t Misbehavin` The Charleston Chasers 1929 3:03
38 Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me Nick Lucas 1929 2:47
39 If I Had A Talking Picture Of You Earl Burtnett 1929 2:57
40 Happy Days Are Here Again Johnny Marvin 1929 2:21
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