Friday, November 9, 2012

Crankin' It Up: The End Of An Era


 Charles Hart and Elliot Shaw recorded this old fashioned duet in November 1919.  This song is very old school; one of the sentimental songs written before the Roaring Twenties began.  The classic example of this type of song is Smiles, which was published in 1917.  The song that best identifies the beginning of the musical era of the 1920's is Whispering, recorded by Paul Whiteman in 1920.  Whether or not Paul Whiteman was actually a jazz musician is still a subject of debate ninety years later.  One thing's for certain;  tonight's Crank-Up is definitely NOT jazz.

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