Bask in a comforting warm nostalgic glow. Some wit once quipped “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be”. I think when you hear this collection you will disagree. Happy listening!
“This is the music my parents listened to, and me too. What nostalgia, what memories. Today’s music doesn’t compare.” Frank Powers
The artists on this collection vary widely in style, from the sophistication of Fred Astaire, to the warmth and humour of Flanagan and Allen. However, they all share two things in common: in their day – the thirties and forties, they were the very best in their field; and they all have the ability to evoke that wonderful era for us today – the golden age of popular music. Whether wartime memories evoked by Vera Lynn, or memories of the dance hall with Glenn Miller – we are entering the warm world of nostalgia! Twenty-four different artists, all singing their greatest hits.
We begin our survey with one of the greatest songs of the period, Love Is The Sweetest Thing, sung in the definitive 1932 recording by the great Al Bowlly. Originally from Mozambique, he was the most popular dance band singer of the thirties, and the most prolific, recording more than six-hundred titles. Tragically, he was killed during the Blitz in London, but the legacy he left behind is ours forever.
Mysterious, glamorous Marlene Dietrich was born in Berlin, and as a child studied music. She began her German film career in 1923, and in 1930 made her most successful film, ‘The Blue Angel’, in which she sang the classic Falling In Love Again. She went on to make many films, mostly in the USA, and in later life began a new career in cabaret.
Sweet Lorraine is performed here by Nat King Cole in his Trio days, before he achieved his later huge fame. The Trio had their first hit in 1942, with ‘Straighten Up And Fly Right’, and became more popular throughout the forties, before they disbanded in 1951. Cole went on to launch his meteoric, solo career, achieving almost eighty hit singles in Billboard charts before his sadly premature death in 1965.