Monday, December 22, 2008
The Fabulous Fifties…from MGM to “American Bandstand.”
Now that’s entertainment!
Along with the great sounds of the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s, the diverse and highly danceable music of the 1950’s offers a rich treasure trove for the musical score of a very hip Cinema Noir or Old Hollywood wedding.
By the time Elvis Presley took America and the rest of the world by storm with his 1956 cover of Big Mama Thornton’s 1953 hit, “Hound Dog,” swing, blues, jive, C&W and rockabilly had already converged into a musical explosion known as “rock and roll.”
Jazz, romance and Broadway went to Hollywood during those years, as well. Some of the best songs ever written, recorded or featured on a Broadway stage or in a musical production number came out of — or passed through — the 1950’s, truly the golden age of American music.
The 1950’s featured re-creations of romantic and swinging standards from the 1920’s and 1930’s, augmented by a colorful explosion of highly danceable music that crossed over from C&W (that’s country and western, folks), blues and rockabilly in the late 1940’s and turned into rock and roll (in about 1954, with the use of the rockabilly crossover “Rock Around The… Read the full story »
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Holiday parties! Our trios, quartets, jazz bands and swing combos play the best holiday music:
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)