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The Wonderful 30s

If the 1920's started out with a bang, the 30's began with a whimper. The stock market crash brought about the loss of personal fortunes, bank failures, foreclosures on homes and farms and failure of businesses. The net result was widespread unemployment, homelessness and despair. Amidst this turbulence, the decade enjoyed a golden age of popular music.

Record sales drastically declined during the Great Depression and many labels failed. However, the 50 titles included here comprise a virtual hit parade of songs that survived the decade. While life was not always wonderful at that time, the music and records left to posterity certainly were. Most artists in this set were recording in the 1920's, yet their style evolved with the sounds of the new decade.

Many bouncy swing tunes included here give no sense of the turmoil facing the nation. To the contrary, listening to songs like On The Sunny Side Of The Street, With Plenty Of Money And You and I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams suggest a carefree time. This was probably no accident. Both Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood conspired to create songs and films that would help ease the public's pain, at least for a while. This set ends with All The Things You Are, considered by many to be among the most perfect pop songs ever written.
  Track Song Title Artist Date Time
1 Three Little Words Frank Crumit 1930 2:37
2 On the Sunny Side Of The Street Grace Hayes 1930 3:09
3 Embraceable You Fred Rich 1930 3:31
4 You`re Driving Me Crazy! Gene Austin 1930 2:43
5 Nevertheless Gus Arnheim 1931 3:30
6 Body And Soul Helen Morgan 1930 3:05
7 You`re My Everything Ben Selvin 1932 3:19
8 Please Sam Coslow 1932 3:25
9 I Don`t Know Why (I Just Do) Kate Smith 1931 2:55
10 My Baby Just Cares For Me Ted Weems 1930 2:45
11 (There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time Gus Arnheim 1931 3:06
12 Don`t Blame Me Joseph Wagstaff 1933 3:19
13 Night And Day Fred Astaire 1932 3:28
14 Did You Ever See A Dream Walking? Bing Crosby 1933 3:21
15 Soft Lights And Sweet Music Eddy Duchin 1932 3:29
16 In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town Belle Baker 1932 3:12
17 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Victor Salon Orchestra 1934 2:49
18 All I Do Is Dream Of You Freddy Martin 1934 2:40
19 Easter Parade Meyer Davis 1933 3:16
20 Stormy Weather Ethel Waters 1933 3:10
21 A Little Bit Independent Fats Waller 1935 2:57
22 I Only Have Eyes For You Anson Weeks 1934 3:04
23 Carioca Castilian Troubadours 1934 2:57
24 Out In The Cold Again Ruth Etting 1934 2:52
25 The Way You Look Tonight Guy Lombardo 1936 3:19
26 Just One Of Those Things Nat Brandwynne 1935 2:50
27 Easy To Love Francis Langford 1936 2:44
28 With My Eyes Wide Open I`m Dreaming Isham Jones 1934 3:28
29 You Can`t Pull The Wool Over My Eyes Perry Como 1936 2:30
30 Thanks A Million Morton Downey 1935 2:53
31 With Plenty Of Money And You Frank Dailey 1936 2:52
32 Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart Ruth Etting 1935 2:11
33 Isn`t This A Lovely Day? Phil Ohman 1935 3:07
34 Pennies From Heaven Hildegarde 1936 3:13
35 The Lady Is A Tramp Sophie Tucker 1937 3:06
36 That Old Feeling Guy Lombardo 1937 2:44
37 This Year`s Kisses Dick Powell 1937 2:40
38 I`ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Hildegarde 1937 3:16
39 Boo Hoo Russ Morgan 1937 3:01
40 Heaven Help This Heart Of Mine Mildred Bailey 1937 2:45
41 South American Way Carmen Miranda 1939 2:55
42 It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane Guy Lombardo 1937 2:39
43 Says My Heart Ozzie Nelson & Harriet Hilliard 1938 2:49
44 Jeepers Creepers Ethel Waters 1938 2:50
45 You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby Chick Bullock 1938 2:21
46 Beer Barrel Polka Glahe Musette Orchestra 1938 2:47
47 Deep Purple Larry Clinton 1938 3:40
48 I`ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams Russ Morgan 1938 2:47
49 Two Sleepy People Ella Logan & Hoagy Carmichael 1938 3:09
50 All The Things You Are Kenny Baker 1939 3:42
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