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The First Crooners
Vol. I: The Twenties

It's always interesting to speculate to what extent technology and entertainment are intertwined. Today, performers can attract a large audience, filling entire stadiums, thanks to the electronic amplification of voice and instruments, without which neither could be heard in such a venue.

A similar situation existed in the mid-1920s when the microphone was introduced for recordings. Prior to that, artists needed to shout into a horn, whereby the vibrations physically engraved the sound onto a wax disc. This was fine for artists with powerful, penetrating voices (belters) or classically trained singers, but a disadvantage for those with more subtle tonality. The microphone suddenly opened the door for smaller voiced singers and even for belters who chose to sing in a more subdued and intimate style. Moreover, electrical recordings vastly improved fidelity and provided greater dynamic range than ever before, and for the first time recordings began sounding natural.

Soon a more relaxed and intimate style of singing gained popularity. In time, this style of singing by male artists became known as "crooning". For the next two decades this would become the dominant style for most popular vocalists. Gay Love, I Gotta Have You and Glad Rag Doll all provide early examples of this style by well-known pioneer crooners of the 1920s.
  Track Song Title Artist Date Time
1 Sentimental Baby Gene Austin with Ben Pollack Orchestra 1928 3:27
2 What a Night, What a Girl Les Backer 1929 3:02
3 The Spell of the Blues Sam Coslow with The High Hatters 1928 3:16
4 Gay Love Bing Crosby 1929 3:04
5 Blue Shadows Segar Ellis 1928 3:11
6 My Sweeter Than Sweet Sammy Fain (The Crooning Composer) 1929 2:56
7 Reaching for Someone Chester Gaylord (The Whispering Serenader) 1929 2:51
8 Hollywood Art Gillham (The Whispering Pianist) 1929 2:53
9 Perhaps Charles W. Hamp 1929 3:10
10 You Were Meant for Me Irving Kaufman 1929 2:56
11 Broadway Melody Charles King 1929 2:24
12 Honey Charles C. Locke 1929 2:36
13 The Song I Love Nick Lucas (The Crooning Troubadour) 1928 3:12
14 I Gotta Have You Red Mckenzie 1929 3:09
15 Suppose Nobody Cared Dick Powell with Charlie Davis and his Orchestra 1928 2:57
16 Some Sweet Day 1928 3:08
17 Peace of Mind Dick Robertson with Willard Robison his Deep River 1929 3:14
18 Glad Rag Doll Jack Smith (The Whispering Baritone) 1928 3:04
19 You`re Just Another Memory Eddie Thomas 1929 3:11
20 If I Had You Rudy Vallée with his Connecticut Yankees 1929 2:59
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