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Awakenings: The music goes on…Still Swinging in the 40s

on December 2, 2013

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Entering the era of the 40s does not leave the Swing behind but instead, finds it going as strong as ever! Early in the decade swing, jazz and big band tunes rocked the radio and jukebox of young and old alike. The big band ensembles generally consisted of 12-25 musicians playing a variety of instruments whose music was often depicted as a form of jazz. Popularity waned due to musicians’ strikes and gave way to ‘crooners’ later in the decade.  One of the most famous musicians of the 1940s was Glenn Miller. Click the little jukebox at the right and listen to Glenn Miller’s “Jeep Jockey Jump” and check out the other music clips.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Then, there was WAR!

Many musical scores tried to capture the pain and suffering of World War Il, while at the same time, instill a feeling of hope within an atmosphere of hopelessness. The music remained upbeat even though the impending future of the country was uncertain.

What a great era for music!

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4 responses to “Awakenings: The music goes on…Still Swinging in the 40s

  1. Teepee12 says:

    Big band surprisingly is still alive and well and quite popular. I think it’s undergoing a bit of a revival these days 🙂

  2. Raani York says:

    Mhhhhh… I can’t stand big band Music… I don’t know why, but after a while it sounds to me like pure noise. *sigh* Maybe I’m just weird.

  3. laurie27wsmith says:

    I liked Glen Miller’s big band. He had a sad ending though, his plane was supposed to have been destroyed by allied bombers dropping unused bombs into the English channel, on the way home from a sortie.

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