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    Default Popular songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's

    My wife works in a residential home for old peeps and occasionally they have an 'entertainer' in who sings along to backing tracks. This guy, while alright, can't sing that well and I've been offered a chance to do a gig on the same basis. I can get hold of the backing tracks online and I'm trying to put a set list together (about 20-25 songs, it's only an hour long gig) but don't know much about songs from the decades listed in the title.

    I've so far got:

    We'll meet again
    White Cliffs of Dover
    Whispering Grass
    Goodnight Sweetheart
    Moon River
    Fly Me To The Moon
    I've got you under my skin
    Dream a little dream of me
    Strangers in the night
    Memories are made of this

    With help from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin I could put together a pretty good 'swing' set but I need some songs from the war years to give the set a little variety.

    What would your parents want to listen to?


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    Default Re: Popular songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's

    How about

    Mares eat oats and does eat oats

    Island of Dreams

    Ghost Riders in the Sky

    Summertime

    Pack up your troubles

    Look up Anne Shelton, she was popular in the war, in fact my Dad's best mate wrote one of her songs.

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    Default Re: Popular songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's

    My gran always used to go on about the hand jive! (obvious jokes to be expected)

    Um knees up mother brown
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    Default Re: Popular songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's

    most of the stuff you have there is a bit later, isn't it? Like the man said look for artists of the time and see what they did. Al Bowlly is worth a look ...
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    Pity Moth's not online.

    How about some Glenn Miller/Benny Goodman?

    Or some George Formby?

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    Default Re: Popular songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's

    It's a long way to Tipperrary
    Pack up your troubles
    Bicycle made for two
    Run rabbit run (I kid you not!)
    Goodnight Sweetheart
    Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye (my Granddad always sang it...we played it at his funeral and all waved him off)


    For 50s you can't go wrong with Buddy, early Elvis, Eddie Cochran and the like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chillitt View Post
    most of the stuff you have there is a bit later, isn't it? Like the man said look for artists of the time and see what they did. Al Bowlly is worth a look ...
    I'm working on the premise that given the age range of the residents, 70-90, they'd want to hear songs from their teens, twenties and thirties, which leaves us in the 1930's, 40's and 50's. Most songs that I already know and wouldn't have to learn probably do come from at least the 50's which is why there are more tracks from that period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fallen Angel View Post
    It's a long way to Tipperrary
    Pack up your troubles
    Bicycle made for two
    Run rabbit run (I kid you not!)
    Goodnight Sweetheart
    Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye (my Granddad always sang it...we played it at his funeral and all waved him off)


    For 50s you can't go wrong with Buddy, early Elvis, Eddie Cochran and the like.
    Excellent FA. These are just what I'm looking for. Thanks.

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    I remember my Grandad being a big Flanagan and Allen fan, and they seem to have been very poular during WW2.

    Flanagan and Allen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Lot of good Louis Armstrong stuff from the 30s onwards they might know. Bing Crosby too? "It's Been A Long, Long Time" was a huge post-war hit, in the States at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    I remember my Grandad being a big Flanagan and Allen fan, and they seem to have been very poular during WW2.

    Flanagan and Allen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Another top reply! Keep 'em coming. At this rate I should have a good set
    list by lunchtime!

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    Gracie Fields?
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    Sentimental Journey
    Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
    Ain't She Sweet
    Red Roses For A Blue Lady
    Jeepers Creepers
    If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)
    Chattanooga Choo Choo
    A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
    You Always Hurt The One You Love
    Swinging On A Star
    Lili Marlene


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingbat View Post
    Pity Moth's not online.

    How about some Glenn Miller/Benny Goodman?

    Or some George Formby?
    Piss orf


    You've already got songs from the war, TRDman.

    but here's a few more
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    Default Re: Popular songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's

    Something from the Andrews Sisters might liven it up a bit.

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