The Charleston eighty years on, this lively collection of music remains as immediate as ever. Excellent music for 1920s themed parties and events.
“Just what I needed to set the ambience at my vintage wedding. There was enough of the vinyl hiss to recreate the sound of the period but plenty of songs recognisable from stage and screen” Jules
Composer, librettist, playwright, actor and director – Noel Coward’s position is secure as one of the best-known figures in 20th century In the Charleston Era and its immediate aftermath, flappers had their hair bobbed and the more fashionable among them went in for Eton crops and kiss curls, cloche hats and long cigarette holders. They made up with almost white powder, red rouge on the cheeks and red lipstick. Eyebrows were plucked and lines drawn in with eyebrow pencil. And for dancing the Charleston our flappers invariably wore petal skirts which reached just about to the knee. Their young escorts wore Oxford bags, striped blazers, straw hats and sported canes. It was an era when, despite economic difficulties, the flow of lively tunes continued unabated and people enjoyed themselves as well as they could.
The songwriting team that most typified the carefree, upbeat era of the Roaring Twenties was undoubtedly the trio of De Sylva, Brown and Henderson. They are represented by two songs which spawned two dance crazes. First off is Black Bottom which became all the rage in Britain in 1927. The iron-lunged, clear ‘megaphone-voiced’ Irving Kaufman delivers the goods effectively – no crooner he! The Varsity Drag was a hectic production number sung and danced by the entire student body of the hit collegiate musical ‘Good News’, the plot of which is loosely based around an impending football match.