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The 1900-1949 poll: the results



Finally here are the results for the 1900-1949 poll (and sorry for the delay).

The first half of the XX Century was, no doubt, politically a turbulent period (including two World Wars) but left us a fascinating music legacy.
The 1900s shook the remains of the XIX Century and its post-Romanticism with atonality coming from Vienna and impressionism coming from Paris.
The 1910s saw the First World War and the October revolution, the scandal of the premiere of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and the birth of jazz in New Orleans.
The roaring 1920s, les années folles, were an explosion of modernity with the burst of avant-gardes (like surrealism, dadaism or expressionism), the blossom of jazz courtesy of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong (the period was also called the Jazz Age) and the change of role of womanhood exemplified by the flappers.
The crash of 1929 abruptedly gave place to the 1930s, the era of the Great Depression, the rise of authoritarian regimes (with Hitler and Stalin on every side of the spectrum) and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera and Robert Johnson's Delta blues as the best possible soundtracks to those difficult times.
The Second World War and the post-war period marked the 1940s, a very interesting decade for music, with jazz splitting into mainstream jazz (exemplified by big bands like Glenn Miller's) and its renewal in the form of bebop (with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie as main figures), with rural blues evolving to rhythm and blues and with a true explosion of different folk and song traditions all over the world (thanks to the spreading of phonographic industry and radio broadcasting), from American country music to French chanson.

But probably the most single important contribution of the 1900-1949 to music came from the Afro-Americans. Jazz and blues were going to change the face of music all over the world in successive years. The contribution of the black musicians, their wild energy (the rhythm) but also the deep sadness due to long years of suffering (the blues), offered a music so real and so true that proved to be irresistible to wide audiences and largely influential on the long run.

Just a comment about the compiling of the votes: in order to avoid the dispersion of the votes I've grouped the points on the SONGS that you voted, not assigning it to a particular version. Just an example: the song "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)" was composed by Jimmy Davis in 1941 for Billie Holiday. She recorded it in 04/10/1944 and released it in February of 1945. Henrik voted for this version as his #14 (so it received 44,97 points). Dizzy Gillespie recorded it with his Quintet plus Sarah Vaughan on vocals the 05/11/1945 and was released on June of 1945 credited to Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Sydney Catelet, Al Haig, Curly Russell. Miguel voted for the Sarah Vaughan version as his #45 (17,53 points) and nicolas for the Gillespie version (that is the same one) as his #96 (5,09 points), as well as Mindrocker that voted for this version as his #316 (so it didn’t give points). Finally Charlie Parker recorded an instrumental version of this song in 07/29/1946 that was released that same year credited to Howard McGhee Quintet. Charlie Driggs chose this version (it was his #64, crediting 11,41 points). I mean, all these points I mentioned went for the same box on the Excel sheet. Probably some of you don’t agree with that "grouped" approach but I find it quite appropriate, especially if we talk about jazz that usually consists on personal interpretations of "standards". You know, like the Magnetic Fields song: "Love is like jazz / The same song a million times / In different ways".

The Magnificent Seven



But before I launch the results let me seize the opportunity of thanking each end everyone of the people that had participated in the 00s-40s, 50s and 60s poll. But please let me go more personally, I would like to thank particularly a group of voters that managed to send a list of albums and songs on EVERY month from January to November, even during the first months when the Forum was extremely busy with polls and polls happening simultaneously. You always came up with at least a Top 10 no matter if the music from some of these periods was relatively unknown (some of you sent Top 500 lists!). And your lists always showed a great taste and an impressive knowledge. You were for me the Magnificent Seven (well, the Magnificent Eight, if I’m allowed to include myself into this select group of people), in alphabetical order:
1) Brad: many thanks Brad for coming with a long list every year, even during the early 50s when it was quite difficult. Your lists were always equilibrated (your 1900-1949 list was like the perfect summary of the period), eclectic (your lists included a lot of advanced jazz acts amidst the pop and rock acts), inquisitive (you were always willing to find new music) and well crafted (your lists were filled with real gems in different styles). I would like to end this paragraph in the same way you used to end each and every list: “Thanks!”
2) Charlie Driggs: I’m absolutely impressed by your lists, it showed your deep and wide knowledge of music and your informed taste (and very personal, you were not afraid of leaving outside some widely respected classics if they didn’t fit your taste, Elvis for instance). I’ve learned a lot from you and I admit I borrowed a lot from your lists (this wonderful 1957 Sabu album comes to my mind). You got a special talent to unearth obscure gems of many different styles and I would like to point to your excellent choices in the music from many parts of the world, abilities that showed too in your excellent thread about the World Cup in music. Many thanks, Charlie.
3) Henrik: I know that you sometimes came up with shorter lists than the rest of the Magnificent but I can’t blame you at all, I know how meticulous you are making lists and the enormous amount of work you got with the maintenance of your wonderful web page, your daily work and your family (give a big kiss to Hannah and Melker). Anyway your lists were always excellent and, no surprises here, with some coincidences with mine (Alex D or Nassim, I don’t remember, once called us The H Duo). It’s seems that you (and me) are willing to vote for GOOD music in capital letters, no matter if the choices are obvious or not. Never seen a song or album in your lists that I can’t consider very good. Many thanks, my friend, and keep on the great work you’re doing.
4) Miguel: my dear Spanish companion (by the way, I think we got 1 Spanish, 1 French, 1 German, 1 Dutch, 1 Swede and 2 Americans, am I right?). I like a lot your lists, you got excellent taste and I like the way you don’t try to be cool. You’re not afraid of voting for Doris Day and not voting for Ornette Coleman, you vote for the musicians you really like and not the ones we are supposed to like. You proved also that you really like the music you chose, you include many songs from the same artist while some of us prefer to spread our votes. Great choices on vocal jazz and country of the 50s and the pop delights and singer-songwriters of the 60s. Muchas gracias, Miguel, see you in Oviedo in September to drink a few ciders.
5) Mindrocker: hope that the other Magnificent don’t mind if I dedicate some extra lines (and a more passionate verb) to Mindrocker. Your lists were made of one surprise after another, it seems like if you get your songs from an endless treasure trunk (or a magician hat), every new song is more unknown than the previous but better and better each time, especially if you run through the lists as a countdown. Because you don’t reserve the hidden gems for the lower positions of the lists, many times your number one was a rarity too. You look (like Orchestra Baobab) as a “specialist in all styles”, with special mention to obscure 50s rockabilly and R&B and 60s garage rock. And your 1900-1949 was truly impressive, including even many songs from the first decade originally released in Edison rolls!! Going through your lists (with the aid of Spotify) has been one of the pleasures of my life. As I told you, if you ever return to radio DJing (even as a hobby, you could do it online), you could count on me as your fan number 1. A thousand thanks, Mindrocker, your lists have raised a lot the level of this poll.
6) nicolas: bonjour, mon ami. As everyone expected, your lists for the 1900s to 1960s poll has been awesome. Your 1900-1949 list showcased your experience and mastery in this field, especially in blues and country (your classification of the different sub-styles of blues is going to be useful to me). It was also expected your wide knowledge and informed opinion on French music. But I would like to point to your great choices in the field of pop, a thing not so expected. I’ve enjoyed a lot (I should say we’ve enjoyed) your recommendations threads also, and like Mindrocker pointed, the absence of comments were compensated by the inclusion of many of your reccommendations in other people lists (including mine, of course). Merci beaucoup nicolas.
7) sonofsamiam: it’s been a pleasure to count with you in this poll, the most veteran AM Forum collaborator inside the Magnificent Seven (apart of Henrik, of course). Your lists not only achieved the expected level of excellence but even surpassed it. Your selections on pop, rock and (especially) jazz were impressive but I particularly liked your choices on classical music in the 1900-1949 lists, Alex Ross would be proud. I recently called you, Charlie Driggs and Mindrocker the Three Wise Men, a subgroup inside the Magnificent with a special ability to opt for the unexpected, with a good nose for the unusual. When I end with the presentation results I would like to post your combined selection, for sure we will obtain great lists. Many thanks, hope you enjoy the presentation (the one you did for the 00s songs poll was superb).

Please forgive the ecstatic tone of my comments but I’m really grateful and honoured for your participation in the Forum, dear Magnificent Seven, you really raised the level of the poll to professional heights.
And, of course, many thanks Fred and Alex D for your excellent lists.

The complete individual lists, the recommendations thread and, without further ado, let the show begin...

The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

500. Tommy Johnson - Cool Drink of Water - 1928
499. The Georgia Peach - When the Saints Go Marching In - 1932
498. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - G.I. Jive - 1944
497. Ewan MacColl - Dirty Old Town - 1949
496. Madame Rollini - La chercheuse de clair de lune - 1909
495. Fred Astaire - They Can't Take That Away from Me - 1937
494. Memphis Minnie - Where Is My Good Man - 1933
493. Clarence Williams' Blue Five- Texas Moaner Blues - 1924
492. Alban Berg - Lulu Suite: I. Rondo (Andante und Hymne) - 1934
491. Nat 'King' Cole - D-Day - 1944
490. Big Bill Broonzy - She Caught the Train - 1935
489. Attila the Hun - Treasury Scandal - 1937
488. Arnold Schoenberg - Fünf Orchesterstücke (Five Orchestral Pieces): I. Vorgefühle - 1909
487. Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys- On the Banks of the Old Pontchartrain - 1947
486. Willy Derby - Het Fiere Schooiershart - 1919
485. Roy Brown - Long About Midnight - 1948
484. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Who Walks In When I Walk Out? - 1936
483. Todd Duncan - It Ain’t Necessarily So - 1942
482. Robert Wilkins - That's No Way to Get Along - 1929
481. Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again - 1939
480. Oscar Alemán - Joe Louis Stomp - 1930s
479. The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - 1941
478. Antonio Mairena - Como reluce Triana - 1941
477. Don Byas - Riffin' and Jivin' - 1944
476. Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis - 1910
475. Vassilis Tsitsanis - Sinefiasmeni Kiriaki - 1948
474. Billy Murray - Can You Tame Wild Wimmen - 1918
473. Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question - 1941
472. Big Jay McNeeley's Blue Jays - The Deacon's Hop - 1949
471. Louis Armstrong Hot Five - Once in Awhile - 1928
470. Bessie Smith - Down Hearted Blues - 1945
469. Washington Phillips - I Am Born to Preach the Gospel - 1929
468. Thelonious Monk Sextet - Mysterioso - 1949
467. Harry Choates - Cajun Hop - 1946
466. Robert Nighthawk - Black Angel Blues - 1949
465. Roy Brown - Butcher Pete (Part 1) - 1949
464. The Carter Family - Keep on the Sunny Side - 1928
463. Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys- (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep - 1947
462. Dexter Gordon - Dexter Rides Again - 1946
461. Woody Guthrie - Tom Joad, Parts 1 & 2 - 1940
460. Wynonie Harris - Good Rocking Tonight - 1947
459. Billie Holiday - The Man I Love - 1939
458. Joe Belmont - The Mocking Bird - 1908
457. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Beware - 1946
456. Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie - When the Levee Breaks - 1929
455. Jelly Roll Morton - King Porter Stomp - 1926
454. Cab Calloway - Baby, It's Cold Outside - 1930s
453. Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie - 1928
452. Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs - My Cabin in Caroline - 1949
451. Sonny Greer - Saturday Night Function - 1929
450. Cyril Monrose String Orchestra & The Roaring Lion - African War Call - 1920s
449. Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers- Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down - 1925
448. Spike Jones - Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - 1946
447. Paul Robeson - That's Why Darkies Were Born - 1931
446. Naftule Brandwein - Nifty's Freilach - 1941
445. Cole Porter - You’re the Top - 1934
444. Clarence Williams - Trouble - 1934
443. Béla Bartók - The Miraculous Mandarin - 1926
442. Kostas Bezos - Ta Aspra Poulia Sta Vouna - 1936
441. Giacomo Puccini - Un bel di vedremo (Madama Butterfly Act II Scene 1) - 1909
440. Woody Guthrie - Do Re Mi - 1940
439. Al Bernard - Brother Low Down - 1922
438. Henry Cowell - The Banshee - 1925
437. Sol Hoopii Quartet - Hula Girl - 1933
436. Beniamino Gigli - Torna a Surriento - 1971
435. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - Serenade in Blue - 1942
434. Charlie Parker Quintette - Bluebird - 1949
433. Sidney Bechet - Sous Les Palmiers - 1939
432. Alfred G. Carnes - We Shall All Be Reunited - 1928
431. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán - El son de la negra - 1926
430. Victoria Spivey - Dirty T.B. Blues - 1929
429. Robert Johnson - If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day - 1937
428. Ann Miller - Prehistoric Man - 1949
427. Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - Molly & Tenbrooks - 1949
426. Gustavo Pascual Falcó - Paquito el chocolatero - 1937
425. Harry Marlow - When Tommy Comes Marching Home - 1914
424. Claude Debussy - Children's Corner: IV. The Snow Is Dancing - 1908
423. The Ravens - Ol' Man River - 1947
422. Kokomo Arnold - The Twelves (The Dirty Dozen) - 1935
421. Big Maceo - Worried Life Blues - 1941
420. Nelstone's Hawaiians - Fatal Flower Garden - 1930
419. Rita Hayworth - Put the Blame on Mame - 1946
418. Oscar Peterson - I Got Rhythm - 1945
417. Roy Eldridge - Minor Jive - 1943
416. Bukka White - Parchman Farm Blues - 1940
415. Harry Revel - Moon Moods - 1947
414. Big Bill Broonzy - All By Myself - 1941
413. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - Little Brown Jug - 1939
412. Arthur Collins - The Preacher and the Bear - 1905
411. Iry LeJeune - Love Bridge Waltz - 1948
410. Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys - Freight Train Blues - 1938
409. Harry C. Browne - Carve Dat Possum - 1917
408. Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys - It's Only a Paper Moon - 1945
407. Blind Blake - C. C. Pill Blues - 1928
406. Leadbelly - John Henry - 1943
405. Memphis Jug Band / Cannon's Jug Stompers - Walk Right In - 1928/1929
404. Merle Travis - Dark as a Dungeon - 1946
403. Leadbelly - Rock Island Line - 1937
402. Gene Krupa - Drum Boogie - 1941
401. King Oliver and His Dixie Sincopators - Jackass Blues - 1926

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

I feel "honorioed" by those words and to belong to this exquisite group!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

me too
and hats off to the 3 Wise Men

and Wow, this final list is gonna be a treasure
Makes me want to start River's Invitation again

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 400-301

400. Ramón Montoya - Soleá - 1936
399. Woody Guthrie - Vigilante Man - 1940
398. Charles Penrose - The Laughing Policeman - 1922
397. Blind Willie McTell - Lord Send Me an Angel - 1933
396. Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers - The Huckle-Buck - 1949
395. Bessie Smith - Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl - 1931
394. Lil' Green - Why Don't You Do Right? - 1941
393. Maurice Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole: IV. Feria - 1908
392. The Caresser - Edward the VIII - 1937
391. Charlie Parker Septet - Yardbird Suite - 1946
390. Count Basie Kansas City Seven - Lester Leaps In - 1939
389. Chick Webb and His Orchestra (featuring Ella Fitzgerald) - A-Tisket A-Tasket - 1938
388. Ella Fitzgerald - That's My Desire - 1947
387. Duke Ellington's Orchestra - Haunted Nights - 1929
386. Count Basie and His Orchestra - One O'Clock Jump - 1937
385. Mae West - Easy Rider - 1933
384. The Southern Sons - Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition - 1942
383. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Early in the Mornin' - 1947
382. Tampa Red - When Things Go Wrong With You (It Hurts Me Too) - 1941
381. The Texas Blue Destroyers - Down in the Mouth - 1924
380. Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra - Never No Lament - 1940
379. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Drifting Blues - 1945
378. Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (featuring Charlie Christian) - Solo Flight - 1943
377. Roaring Lion with Cyril Monrose String Orchestra - Jonah, Come Out of the Wilderness - 1939
376. Amos Milburn - Down the Road Apiece - 1946
375. Woody Guthrie - Pretty Boy Floyd - 1945
374. Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven - Wild Man Blues - 1927
373. Lotte Lenya und Willy Trenk-Trebitsch - Die Dreigroschenoper: Zuhälterballade - 1931
372. Vernon Dalhart - The Wreck of the Old 97 - 1924
371. Yves Montand - Les feuilles mortes - 1946
370. Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys - My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - 1949
369. Celina y Reutilio - A Santa Bárbara - 1949
368. Jimpson - No More, My Lord - 1930
367. Eddie Head & His Family - Down on Me - 1930
366. Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers - There'll Come a Time - 1926
365. Lotte Lenya and the Three Admirals - Alabama-Song 1930
364. The Carter Family - Engine 143 - 1927
363. Blind Willie Johnson - Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed - 1928
362. Amos Milburn - Chicken-Shack Boogie - 1948
361. Léo Marjane - Bei Mir Bist Du Schön - 1938
360. George Gershwin - An American in Paris - 1928
359. Lovie Austin - Mojo Blues - 1924
358. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - (I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo - 1942
357. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Beans and Cornbread - 1949
356. Arnold Schoenberg - Pierrot lunaire: Act II. Enthauptung - 1912
355. Blind Gary Davis - You Got to Go Down - 1937
354. Big Bill Broonzy - Hokum Stomp - 1931
353. Mississippi John Hurt - Candy Man Blues - 1929
352. Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell - Midnight Hour Blues - 1932
351. John H. Glover-Kind - I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside - 1907
350. Django Reinhardt - Dinah 1934
349. Rex Stewart and His Orchestra - Boy Meets Horn - 1946
348. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Pyramid - 1938
347. Buck Washington - Save the Roach for Me - 1944
346. Lonnie Johnson - Careless Love - 1928
345. George Gershwin - Prelude No. 1 - 1926
344. Luis Russell & His Orchestra - The (New) Call of the Freaks - 1929
343. Edgard Varèse - Ionisation - 1933
342. Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves - 1934
341. Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Dry Bones - 1928
340. Olivier Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps: III. Abîme des oiseaux - 1941
339. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Jack You’re Dead - 1947
338. Arthur Pryor - Canhanibalmo Rag - 1911
337. Jimmie Rodgers - Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner) - 1931
336. Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet - Rock My Soul - 1938
335. Ella Fitzgerald and Her Savoy Eight - It’s Wonderful - 1938
334. Dave Tarras - Hirah/Hasireiner - 1944
333. The Stripling Brothers - The Lost Child - 1931
332. Berthe Sylva - Les roses blanches - 1925
331. The Lion - Hojoe - 1937
330. Carlos Gardel Adiós, muchachos 1927
329. Wingy Manone and His Orchestra- You Let Me Down - 1936
328. Aaron Copland - Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo: IV. Hoedown - 1942
327. Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grapelli - Daphné - 1938
326. Lizzie Miles - I Hate a Man Like You - 1930
325. . Igor Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms: II. Expectans expectavi dominum - 1930
324. Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - Frenesí - 1940
323. Clarence Ashley / Hobart Smith - The Coo Coo Bird / The Cuckoo Bird - 1929/1943
322. Tex Williams - I Got Texas in My Soul - 1946
321. Al Bernard & Frank Kamplain - 31st Street Blues - 1923
320. State Street Boys (featuring Big Bill Broonzy) - The Dozen - 1935
319. Son House - Walking Blues - 1941
318. Stuff Smith - Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug - 1936
317. John Lee Hooker - Crawlin' King Snake - 1949
316. Leadbelly - Ella Speed - 1944
315. Slam Stewart - Play Fiddle Play - 1945
314. Jesse Stone - Crawfish - 1949
313. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grapelli - Honeysuckle Rose - 1938
312. Constantin le Rieur - La Rigolomanie - 1932
311. Sonny Terry - Fox Chase - 1945
310. Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven - Alligator Crawl - 1927
309. The Cats and The Fiddle - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water - 1939
308. Zez Confrey and His Orchestra - Dizzy Fingers - 1923
307. Claude Debussy - La mer: III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer - 1905
306. Dizzy Gillespie Sextet - All the Things You Are - 1947
305. Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (featuring Frank Sinatra) - Let's Get Away From It All - 1941
304. Robert Johnson - I Believe I'll Dust My Broom - 1937
303. Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - The Chant - 1937
302. Woody Guthrie - I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore - 1940
301. Roy Smeck - Twelth Street Rag - 1931

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

One (little) correction : the song "Walk Right In" was recorded by Cannon's Jug Stompers only in 1929, and to my knowledge (and according to my Blues Bible, "Blues & Gospel Records 1902-1943" an exhaustive discography by Robert MW Dixon and John Godrich, it was never recorded by Memphis Jug Band.
It is true that those 2 jug bands were very similar.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

You’re probably right, nicolas, Charlie Driggs voted for the Cannon’s Jug Stompers version and Mindrocker for the Memphis Jug Band one and, although I couldn’t find another source to double check it, I considered it correct. That was the case also of many other songs on the list but, given the historical period we are dealing, some tiny mistakes are quite understandable and forgivable. We are amateurs doing a work of music archeology and moreover with the Internet as the main source of data. Glad to know tnat you got some reliable bibliography, please let me know about other mistakes.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

Yes of course, sorry to be so fastidious but I just saw this song and decided to listen to it.
Yes, I have a great book about the blues with every recording of gospel and blues made from 1902 to 1943 !! But that book is from 1982 so it doesn't include recordings that were discovered since (if there are some).

another thing : did you notice that Jimmie Rodgers "Gambling Bar Room Blues" and Bob Wills' "Drunkard's Blues" are one and the same song ? It seems that Wills covered the Rodgers song and changed the name of his version for credits meaning.
Did you consider them as one song ? It is such a great piece, and the two recordings are really great.
In the other hand, I think Mindrocker included both recordings in his top 100 so...
And I don't want to disturb your final list of course.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

1 more thing : I listened to a few tracks I didn't know and already found two or three gems (special mention : Slam Stewart)

The 1900-1949 poll: positions 300-201

nicolas
did you notice that Jimmie Rodgers "Gambling Bar Room Blues" and Bob Wills' "Drunkard's Blues" are one and the same song ?

Oops, nicolas you’re absolutely right, it’s the same song, and both versions were at the Top 10. Moreover I listened to both but I didn’t notice that it was the same song. So now:
- We have a new #500: Henri Salvador - Ela Diz Que tem – 1949
- All the song posted as 500-301 move one place up

And these are the positions 299-201:

299. Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5: I. Moderato - 1937
298. Mississippi Sheiks - Stop and Listen Blues - 1930
297. Jazz Gillum - Key to the Highway - 1940
296. Django Reinhardt - I Saw Stars - 1904
295. Naftule Brandwein - Vi Tsvey Iz Naftule Der Driter 1923
294. Mississippi Sheiks - Sitting on Top of the World - 1930
293. Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra - Come Sunday - 1945
292. Santiago Lope Gonzalo - Gallito - 1909
291. Smilin' Smokey Lynn - Run, Mister Rabbit, Run - 1949
290. Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five - Save It, Pretty Mama - 1929
289. The Ink Spots - If I Didn't Care - 1939
288. Scott Joplin - Solace - 1966
287. Stan Kenton and His Orchestra - Machito - 1947
286. Mississippi John Hurt - Spike Driver Blues - 1929
285. Don Azpiazu and His Havana Casino Orchestra (vocal refrain by Antonio Machín) - El Manicero (The Peanut Vender) - 1930
284. Chick Webb and His Orchestra - When I Get Low, I Get High - 1937
283. Henry Thomas - Jonah in the Wilderness - 1928
282. Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra) - Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) - 1940
281. John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson - Good Morning, School Girl - 1937
280. Louis Armstrong & His Sebatian New Cotton Club Orchestra - Just a Gigolo - 1931
279. Cal Stewart - Ticklish Reuben - 1902
278. Arnold Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht: I. Grave - 1902
277. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Jonah - 1946
276. Bert Brecht / Kurt Gerron - Die Dreigroschenoper: Moritat von Mackie Messer - 1930/1931
275. Lightnin' Hopkins - Fast Life Woman - 1949
274. Carlos Gardel - La cieguita - 1928
273. Billie Holiday - Them There Eyes - 1939
272. Big Bill Broonzy - How You Want It Done - 1931
271. Charlie Chaplin - Nonsense Song - 1936
270. Dizzy Gillespie - Groovin' High - 1945
269. George J. Gaskin & Joe Belmont - The Whip-Poor Will Song - 1903
268. Tommy McClennan - Deep Blue Sea Blues - 1942
267. Carlos Gardel - Melodía de arrabal - 1933
266. Memphis Minnie - Can I Do It For You? - 1930
265. Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra - Harlem Air Shaft - 1940
264. Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers - Original Jelly Roll Blues - 1926
263. Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra - Take Me Away From the River - 1932
262. Béla Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra: Movement III, Elegia - 1944
261. Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra - Begin the Beguine - 1935
260. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) - 1944
259. King Oliver's Jazz Band Working Man Blues - 1924
258. Miles Davis and His Orchestra - Move - 1949
257. Cliff Edwards - When You Wish Upon a Star - 1940
256. Bessie Smith - I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried in My Grave - 1928
255. Robert Johnson - Love in Vain Blues - 1939
254. Cecil Gant - I Wonder - 1944
253. Carlos Gardel - Por una cabeza - 1935
252. DeZurik Sisters - Arizona Yodeler - 1938
251. Charles Ives - Three Places in New England: II. Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut - 1931
250. King Radio - Matilda - 1939
249. The Carter Family / Blind Willie McTell - River of Jordan / I Got to Cross the River of Jordan - 1928/1940
248. Blind Lemon Jefferson - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - 1927
247. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Black, Brown and Beige - 1944
246. Serguey Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf - 1936
245. Nat 'King' Cole - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 - 1946
244. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - Chattanooga Choo Choo - 1941
243. William H. Reitz - Circus Life Gallop - 1909
242. Mississippi Sheiks - He Calls That Religion - 1932
241. A.A. Gray & Seven-Foot Dilly - The Old Ark's A' Moving - 1930
240. Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra - I'm Beginning to See the Light - 1945
239. Ken Maynard - The Lone Star Trail - 1930
238. Thelonious Monk Quintet - Epistrophy - 1948
237. Big Maceo - County Jail Blues - 1941
236. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - Tuxedo Junction - 1940
235. Robert Johnson - Come On in My Kitchen - 1927
234. Bessie Smith - Taint Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do - 1923
233. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - New San Antonio Rose - 1940
232. Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C sharp Minor: IV. Adagietto (Sehr langsam) - 1904
231. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - A String of Pearls - 1941
230. Rex Stewart and His Orchestra - Sacknasty - 1948
229. John Cage - Suite for Toy Piano - 1948
228. Trío Matamoros - Son de la Loma - 1925
227. Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys - Honky Tonkin' - 1947
226. Sister Mary Nelson - Judgement - 1927
225. Raymond Scott Quintette - Powerhouse - 1937
224. Harry Choates - Devil in the Bayou - 1946
223. Casey Bill Weldon - You Just As Well Let Her Go - 1930
222. Billie Holiday - Billie's Blues (I Love My Man) - 1936
221. Manuel Penella - El gato montés - 1916
220. John Taylor - Speed the Plow Reel - 1906
219. Bull Moose Jackson and His Orchestra - I Know Who Threw the Whiskey (In the Well) - 1946
218. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - American Patrol - 1942
217. Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers - The Honeydripper - 1945
216. Sergey Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Moderato - 1901
215. Scott Joplin - Pineapple Rag - 1908
214. Jimmie Lunceford and His Chickasaw Syncopators - In Dat Mornin' - 1930
213. Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band - Get the "L" on Down the Road - 1929
212. Amália Rodrigues - Ai, Mouraria - 1945
211. Manuel de Falla - El amor brujo: III. El amor dolido - 1916
210. Hot Lips Page - Harlem Rumbain' the Blues - 1940
209. Harry Revel - Lunar Rhapsody - 1947
208. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - This Train - 1939
207. Thelonious Monk Quintet - In Walked Bud - 1948
206. Maxine Sullivan - Nice Work If You Can Get It - 1937
205. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - Indian Summer - 1939
204. Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's Fault But Mine - 1928
203. José López Alavéz - Canción mixteca - 1915
202. Erik Satie - Je te veux - 1903
201. Stan Kenton and His Orchestra - Artistry in Rhythm - 1944

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

Aii, I think that's my mistake. Walk Right In is indeed by Cannon's Jug Stompers and not the Memphis Jug Band. Since I listed it outside of my top 100 I guess it doesn't mess up the ranking?
Nicolas is also spot on about Gamblin' Bar Room Blues and Drunkard's Blues. Gamblin' Bar Room is the brilliant Jimmie Rodgers original, but I like Bob Wills' version even more, so decided to include them both.
Great countdown so far, Honorio, and many thanks for your kind words!

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Thanks so much for the kind words Honorio. This site (and the decade polls in particular) has had a ridiculously huge influence on my listening habits over the last year, increasing my musical awareness tenfold and then some. Yet I feel I've still barely scratched the surface.

Fortunately, through the lists we've created under your leadership, I'll be able to continue my exploration into musical history for the rest of my life. Great job on pulling it all together ! Next time around (10 years or so?), I'll be way more prepared!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 500-401

Honorio, thanks so much for the kind words, and thanks for rolling out a poll as worthy as its subject matter...you've done an absolutely masterful job.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 200-151

After three ridiculously busy days (I even didn't see my family, waking up at 7 AM and going to bed past 1 or 2 AM) I'm back "at work". Many thanks everyone for your comments and let's continue with positions 200-151, this time adding You Tube links when available.

200. Jimmie Noone and His Apex Club Orchestra - My Daddy Rocks Me - 1929
199. Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra - Jeepers Creepers - 1939 You Tube
198. Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin' - 1929 You Tube
197. Robert Johnson - Preachin' Blues - 1939 You Tube
196. Al Jolson - Swanee - 1920 You Tube
195. Original Dixieland Jazz Band - Soudan - 1920 You Tube
194. Olivier Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps: VII. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du temps - 1941 You Tube
193. Sol Hoopii and His Novelty Five - Farewell Blues - 1938 You Tube
192. Thelonious Monk Sextet - Off Minor - 1948 You Tube
191. Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four feat. Lonnie Johnson - Guitar Blues - 1929 You Tube
190. Doolie Wilson - As Time Goes By - 1942 You Tube
189. Dinah Shore - (When Your Heart's on Fire) Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - 1940
188. Marlene Dietrich - Lili Marlene - 1945 You Tube
187. Charlie Johnson The Boy in the Boat (The Rock) - 1928 You Tube
186. George Lewis - Burgundy Street Blues - 1944 You Tube
185. John Benghu - Umakotshaha - 1948
184. Bascom Lamar Lunsford - I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground - 1928 You Tube
183. The Monroe Brothers - Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy - 1936
182. Federico García Lorca y La Argentinita - Los cuatro muleros - 1931
181. The Monroe Brothers - Bringin' in the Georgia Mail - 1936
180. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Saturday Night Fish Fry - 1949 You Tube
179. Blind Blake - Georgia Bound - 1929 You Tube
178. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - That's All Right - 1947 You Tube
177. Stan Kenton and His Orchestra - Artistry in Bolero - 1947
176. Thelonious Monk Trio - Ruby My Dear - 1948 You Tube
175. Sam McGee - Railroad Blues - 1928 You Tube
174. Scott Joplin - Stoptime Rag - 1910 You Tube
173. Edgard Varèse - Amériques - 1926 You Tube, Part 2 and Part 3
172. Max Schmeling, Kurt Gerron und Hugo Fischer-Köppe - Das Herz eines Boxers - 1930 You Tube
171. Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys - Wreck on the Highway - 1942 You Tube
170. Woody Guthrie - Jarama Valley - 1944 You Tube
169. Cleoma & Ophy Breaux with Joe Falcon - C'est si triste sans lui - 1929 You Tube
168. Count Basie and His Orchestra - Jumpin' at the Woodside - 1938 You Tube
167. Muddy Waters - I Can’t Be Satisfied - 1948 You Tube
166. Brigadas Internacionales - Ay Carmela! - 1930s You Tube
165. Ernst Busch - Roter Wedding - 1929 You Tube
164. Henry Thomas - Bull Doze Blues - 1928 You Tube
163. Leo Reisman nd His Orchestra (Vocal Refrain by Fred Astaire) - Night and Day - 1932 You Tube
162. Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys - I Saw the Light - 1948 You Tube
161. Machito - ¿Quién para la rumba? - 1943
160. Woody Guthrie - 1913 Massacre - 1941 You Tube
159. Jelly-Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers - Black Bottom Stomp - 1926 You Tube
158. Jimmie Rodgers - Blue Yodel (T for Texas) - 1928 You Tube
157. The Carter Family - Can the Circle Be Unbroken - 1935 You Tube
156. Billie Holiday - Gloomy Sunday (The Famous Hungarian Suicide Song) - 1941 You Tube
155. Paul Whiteman and His Ambassador Orchestra - Whispering - 1920 You Tube
154. Fred Astaire - Cheek to Cheek - 1935 You Tube
153. Gustav Holst - The Planets: I. Mars, the Bringer of War - 1918 You Tube
152. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - In a Sentimental Mood - 1935 You Tube
151. The Carter Family - Wildwood Flower - 1928 You Tube

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Great job, Honorio! ¡Ánimo, chaval!

And thank you very much for your compliments. I do not know if they are deserved.

"I like the way you don’t try to be cool. You vote for the musicians you really like and not the ones we are supposed to like. You include many songs from the same artist while some of us prefer to spread our votes"

Well, I'm not sure this is something really good. With this attitude, I'll never be hired as a music critic for Rock de Lux.

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Miguel
With this attitude, I'll never be hired as a music critic for Rock de Lux.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 150-102

150. Blind Willie Johnson - John the Revelator - 1930 You Tube
149. Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight with Sam Price Trio - Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air - 1948 You Tube
148. Mills Brothers / Art Tatum - Tiger Rag - 1931/1933 Mills' and Tatum's
147. Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra / Oscar Peterson - Flying Home - 1942/1945 Hampton's and Peterson's
146. Miklós Rózsa - Prelude (From "Spellbound") - 1945 You Tube
145. Charley Patton - High Water Everywhere - 1930 You Tube
144. Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace - 1947 You Tube
143. New Orleans Feetwarmers (featuring Sidney Bechet) - I've Found a New Baby - 1932 You Tube
142. Claude Debussy - Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cakewalk - 1908 You Tube
141. Johnny Marvin - Hooray for the Irish - 1926
140. Clarence Ashley - The House Carpenter - 1930 You Tube
139. Jimmie Davis / Gene Autry - You Are My Sunshine - 1940/1941 Davis' and Autry's
138. Cole Porter - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - 1944 You Tube
137. Harlem Hamfats - Weed Smoker's Dream - 1936 You Tube
136. Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra - Ko-Ko - 1940 You Tube
135. Leadbelly - The Midnight Special - 1940 You Tube
134. Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers - Baby, Please Don't Go - 1935 You Tube
133. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand - 1940 You Tube
132. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Creole Love Call - 1928 You Tube
131. Bing Crosby - White Christmas - 1942 You Tube
130. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Caldonia (Boogie) (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?) - 1945 You Tube
129. Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 8: I. Veni Creator Spiritus - 1910 You Tube and Part Two
128. Hoagy Carmichael - Stardust - 1928 You Tube
127. Cole Porter - Anything Goes - 1934 You Tube
126. Antonio Machín - Dos gardenias - 1947 You Tube
125. Golden Gate Quartet - Golden Gate Gospel Train - 1937 You Tube
124. Ernst Busch - Solidaritätslied (from Kuhle Wampe) - 1931 You Tube
123. Nat 'King' Cole - Nature Boy - 1948 You Tube
122. Ethel Waters / Lena Horne - Stormy Weather - 1933/1942 both versions!!
121. Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra - Manteca - 1948 You Tube
120. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain - 1947 You Tube
119. Carlos Gardel - Mi Buenos Aires querido - 1934 You Tube
118. Harry Lauder - Stop Your Tickling, Jock! - 1910 You Tube
117. Dick Justice - Cocaine - 1929 You Tube
116. Skip James - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - 1931 You Tube
115. Dizzy Gillespie - Salt Peanuts - 1945 You Tube
114. Igor Stravinsky - L'oiseau de feu Suite Nº 2: VII. Finale - 1919 You Tube
113. Harry Richman / Fred Astaire - Puttin' on the Ritz - 1930 Richman's and Astaire's
112. Skip James - Devil Got My Woman - 1931 You Tube
111. The Jungle Band (featuring Duke Ellington) - (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue - 1929
110. Sidney Bechet - Egyptian Fantasy - 1941 You Tube
109. The Jungle Band (featuring Duke Ellington) - Mood Indigo - 1930 You Tube
108. Duke Ellington and His Kentucky Club Orchestra - East St. Louis Toodle-oo - 1927 You Tube
107. Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf Astoria Orchestra - Perfidia - 1940 You Tube
106. Mary Lou Williams - Aries - 1945 You Tube
105. Gerardo Matos Rodríguez / Carlos Gardel - La comparsita - 1917/1924 Matos' and Gardel's
104. Trío Matamoros - Lágrimas negras - 1932 You Tube
103. Charlie Parker Septet - Ornithology - 1946 You Tube
102. The Stanley Brothers - Little Maggie - 1947

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101. Maple Leaf Rag



Points: 57.32
Voted by: Alex D (#9)

Composed by Scott Joplin in 1897 and first published in September of 1899 (according to Wikipedia "over 1 million copies of the sheet music were eventually sold, making Scott Joplin the first musician to sell 1 million copies of a piece of instrumental music").
The first recording was made in 1903 and no copies are known to survive. Scott joplin himself recorded it in a piano roll in 1912.

You Tube link (1912 version played on a piano roll by Scott Joplin)


100. Voice Throwin' Blues



Points: 57.32
Voted by: Mindrocker (#9)

Recorded by Walter 'Buddy Boy' Hawkins on June 14, 1929 in Richmond, Indiana.
Released in 1929 as a 78 rpm by Paramount Records (as B-side of "How Come Mama Blues (Deeble Bum Blues)").
According to WFMU's Beware of the Blog: "the first, best and possibly only ventriloquist blues song".

You Tube link


99. Na Moku Eha



Points: 57.32
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#9)

Composed by J. Kealoha & Noelani Mähoe in 1920 (according to Huapala.org). "Nâ Moku `Ehâ" is Hawaiian for "The Four Islands".
Recorded by Alfred Aloho Apaka and released probably in 1947 (I wasn’t able to double check it).

You Tube link (homemade video that has nothing to do with the music but the sound quality is good).


98. God Bless the Child



Points: 59.59
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#17), Brad (#56) and Miguel (#89)
Position in AM 3000: #499 of all time and #9 of the 1940s

Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. in 1939.
First recorded on May 9, 1941 by Billie Holiday with Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra (including Roy Eldridge on trumpet).
First released on July of 1941 by Okeh Records.


According to Wikipedia "Holiday indicated an argument with her mother over money led to the song. She indicated that during the argument she said the line "God bless the child that's got his own." The anger over the incident led her to turn that line into a starting point for a song, which she worked out in conjunction with Herzog."

You Tube link


97. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart



Points: 60.60
Voted by: nicolas (#8)

Written by Ruby Rose Blevins (real name of Patsy Montana) in 1935.
Released by Patsy Montana with The Prairie Ramblers on Conqueror label in 1935
According to Wikipedia "it was the first country and Western song by a female artist to sell more than one million copies"

You Tube link


96. J'attendrai



Points: 60.60
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#8)

Composed by Dino Olivieri and Nino Rastelli in 1933 as "Tornerai" (Italian for "You Will Return"). Louis Potérat wrote the French lyrics as "J'attendrai" (French for "I Will Wait").
Recorded by Rina Ketty and released in 1938 on Pathé label.


According to Wikipedia "achieving great popularity in its day, the song has since come to be seen as emblematic of the start of World War II"

You Tube link


95. Suite for Jazz Orchestra No.1: I. Waltz



Points: 62.96
Voted by: Honorio (#20), Henrik (#36), sonofsamiam (#93)

Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1934.
First premiered on March 24, 1934 . I haven't found information about the first discographic release.
The Suite for Jazz Orchestra is commonly known as "Jazz Suite" and the part that received votes was the First Movement, "Waltz". Later, in 1938, Shostakovich rearranged the same piece for his Suite for Jazz Orchestra No.2.

You Tube link


94. Stack O'Lee Blues



Points: 63.75
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#30, Reed & Hull version), Brad (#30, Hurt version), sonofsamiam (#64, Hurt version).
Position in AM 3000: #2633 of all time and #36 of the 1920s

Popular song of unkown composer about the murderer Stagger Lee Shelton. The first reference of the song on a newpaper was on August 21, 1897 and the first know transcription of its lyrics was in 1903.
The first recording was made on 1923 by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians.
It was recorded by Long 'Cleve' Reed & Little Harvey Hull in 1927 , being released on Black Patti label under the name Original Stack O'Lee Blues . According to www.staggerlee.com this recording "will go on to become the 5th most valuable record to collectors. There is only one known copy in existence. The owner, Joe Bussard, was offered $30,000 and he laughed it off with no intention of ever selling. He wants to be buried with it".
Mississippi John Hurt recorded it in 1928 and it was released by Okeh label on February 1929 as Stack O'Lee Blues. According to Wikipedia, this version "is considered by some comentators to be definitive, containing as it does all of the elements that appear in other versions".

You should check a web page devoted to the different 420 versions of this song, The Song and Myth of Stagger Lee.

You Tube link (Long 'Cleve' Reed & Little Harvey Hull)
You Tube link (Mississippi John Hurt)


93. Calypso War



Points: 64.25
Voted by: Brad (#7)

Written and sung by Rupert Grant Lord Invader , Patrick McDonald Macbeth the Great and Cecil Anderson The Duke of Iron in 1946, accompanied by Gerald Clark and His Invaders.
Originally recorded at Town Hall, New York in 1946 .

According to wikipedia: "War is aCalypso form that form that has existed since at least the turn of the twentieth century (...) The classic War form is an eight-line stanza, the first four lines in a minor key, then modulating into the major, and returning to the minor with the refrain "santimanite" ("sans humanité" in patois, in English "without humanity"). The object of War is to promote the calypsonian and defeat his competitors".
Musical Tradition: "Recordings like this one, of direct exchanges of insults by singers, are far from common. Since it features no obscenity, and no signifying about anybody’s mama, the humour of this exchange never becomes as dangerous as it could in African-America’s dirty dozens"

You Tube link


92. Suspiros de España



Points: 64.25
Voted by: Miguel (#7)

Composed by Antonio Álvarez Alonso in 1902 as an instrumental piece in the tradition of Spanish "pasodoble", later in 1938 lyrics were added by José Antonio Álvarez, becoming popular in the voices of Estrellita Castro or Concha Piquer.
"Suspiros de España" is Spanish for "Spanish Sighs".

According to Lo mejor de Murcia: "One night he showed his friends a new meoldy in the form of pasodoble that he just wrote at a table of the Café "La Palma de Valencia" and it was received with joy beacuse of the inspiration that showed. When he walked out at night he stopped in a candy store in front of the Café called España and saw a traditional sweet called suspiros (hazelnut covered with caramel) and decided to name his new composition "Suspiros de España".

You Tube link


91. Echoes of Harlem



Points: 64.25
Voted by: Mindrocker (#7)

Composed by Duke Ellington in 1936, it was recorded and released this year under the name "Echoes of Harlem (Cootie's Concerto)" since Cootie Williams was then the trumpeter of Ellington's Orchestra.
Cootie Williams recorded the track again with his own orchestra in 1944 and released as part of a 78 rpm box set in 1944 by Hit label and later as a single in 1945 by Capitol Records.

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 90-81

90. Music for Strings, Percussions and Celesta: III. Adagio



Points: 64.25
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#7)

Composed by Béla Bártok in 1936 (the score is dated September 7, 1936).
Premiered in Basel, Switzerland, on January 21, 1937 by the Basel Chamber Orchestra (to celebrate its 100th anniversary) directed by Paul Chamber.
The first recording was made in 1949 by Los Angeles Chamber Symphony directed by Harold Byrns.

Allmusic: "The third movement is one of Bartók's most accomplished "night music" pieces, with cricket-like notes from the xylophone, eerie timpani glissandi, fragmentary murmurs, and frightened exclamations from the strings, along with the always-mysterious notes of the celesta floating clear and sphinx-like over the nocturnal weft"
Wikipedia: "Used as the theme music for The Vampira Show (1954-1955), and it was also featured in the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining."

You Tube link (1954 version by Symphony Orchestra of the RIAS of Berlin directed by Ferenc Fricsay)


89. Bing Crosby



Points: 64.25
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#7)

Quite obscure track, I didn't find many information, supposedly written by Rafael de Leon and recorded by himself as The Lion (or The Roaring Lion) on Trinidad, being released in 1936 .

There’s no You Tube link for this one but you can listen to it clicking on this link


88. Nessun dorma!



Points: 67.05
Voted by: Henrik (#17), Honorio (#28)

Composed by Giacomo Puccini from a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, the opera was composed from 1920 to 1924, left unfinished after the death of Puccini and finally completed by Franco Alfano.
Premiered at the Teatro all Scala in Milan on April 25, 1926 conducted by Arturo Toscanini, with Spanish tenor Miguel Fleta in the role of Prince Calàf.
"Nessun Dorma" (Italian for "None Shall Sleep") opened the Act Three.
The first recording was made in 1938 by Chorus and Orchestra RAI, Turin, conducted by Franco Ghione and with Francesco Merli as Calàf.

Wikipedia: "In the original score, the B is written as an eighth note while the A is a quarter note. Both are high notes in the tenor range".
The version sang by Luciano Pavarotti in 1990, according to Wkipedia "reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, the highest placing ever by a classical recording".

You Tube link (sung by Beniamino Gigli).


87. Tara's Theme



Points: 67.35
Voted by: Brad (#21), Honorio (#27) and Miguel (#97)
Position in AM 3000: #499 of all time and #9 of the 1940s

Composed by Max Steiner in 1939 and recorded it with the MGM Studio Orchestra conducted by himself.
Premiered on December 15, 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia (premiere of the movie "Gone With the Wind" produced by David O. Selznick).
"Tara's Theme" is the alternate (and more popular) tittle of "Main Theme from Gone With the Wind"
Despite the big success of the soundtrack, the first discographic release was long delayed, the first release was in 1954 in a 10" album and later in a more complete form in 1967.

You Tube link


86. El amor brujo: X. Canción del fuego fatuo



Points: 67.76
Voted by: Miguel (#22), Henrik (#30), Honorio (#75).

Written by Manuel de Falla in 1915 according to Wikipedia "as a gitanería (gypsy piece) by Pastora Imperio, a renowned flamenco gypsy dancer, and was scored for cantaora voice, actors, and chamber orchestra". It was premiered at Teatro Lara, Madrid, on April 15, 1915 .
Falla revised it for symphonic orchestra, with three short songs for mezzosoprano, premiered with Madrid Symphony Orchestra on March 16, 1916 .
"Canción del fuego fatuo" (Spanish for "Song of the Will-o'-the-Wisp") was the X part of the symphonic version of "El amor brujo" (Spanish for "Love, the Magician").

You Tube link (version for cantaora singer sung by Rocío Jurado).
You Tube link (version for mezzosoprano sung by Victoria de los Ángeles).


85. Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa



Points: 68.36
Voted by: Brad (#6)

Written by Richard M. Jones (jazz piano player and composer).
Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five on June 23, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois.
Released on September 1926 by OKeh Records.


You Tube link


84. Way Down the Old Plank Road



Points: 68.36
Voted by: Alex D (#6)

Traditional folk song of unknown composer.
Recorded by Uncle Dave Macon on April, 1926.
Released in 1926 on Vocalion label.

Wikipedia: "Macon's music is considered the ultimate bridge between 19th-century American folk and vaudeville music and the phonograph and radio-based music of the early 20th-century. Music historian Charles Wolfe wrote, "If people call yodelling Jimmie Rodgers 'the father of country music,' then Uncle Dave must certainly be 'the grandfather of country music'."

You Tube link


83. Easy Winner



Points: 68.36
Voted by: Miguel (#6)

Composed by Scott Joplin , the copyright was registered on October 10, 1901 as "The Easy Winners" (although in some recordings is credited as "Easy Winner".

You Tube link


82. Open the Door, Richard



Points: 68.36
Voted by: Mindrocker (#6)

Written from a vaudevillle routine atributed to Bob Russell and made famous by Dusty Fletcher, there has been fight for the copyright, in McVea single is credited to McVea-Clarke but the song was finally credited to John Mason, Dusty Fletcher and Don Howell. It seems that Howell was a fictional front to provide some royalties to Jack McVea.
Recorded by Jack McVea and His All Stars in 1946.
Released on October 1946 as 78 rpm single on Black & White label.


There's no You Tube link for the Jack McVea version, this is a You Tube link for the 1947 version by The Three Flames.


81. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)



Points: 68.73
Voted by: Fred (#23), Brad (#32), sonofsamiam (#93)

Written by Duke Ellington (music) and Irving Mills (lyrics) in August of 1931 at Chicago.
Recorded by Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra on February 2, 1932, with Ivey Anderson on vocals.
Released in 1932 as 78 rpm single on Brunswick label.


According to Wikipedia: " The title was based on the oft stated credo of Ellington's former trumpeter Bubber Miley, who was dying of tuberculosis. The song became famous, Ellington wrote, "as the expression of a sentiment which prevailed among jazz musicians at the time." Probably the first song to use the phrase "swing" in the title, it introduced the term into everyday language and presaged the swing era by three years".

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 90-81

Incredible work, Honorio. Many thanks for managing this so great and for the kind words about the Magnificent Seven (I did the Horst Buchholz part). Maybe this will become the definitive Best-of list about the pre-Rock'n'Roll era in the web.

BTW: The "Bing Crosby" calypso Song was covered by Van Dyke Parks in his wonderful 1972 album "Discover America".

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 90-81

Honorio, there's so much passion and engagement in your presentation that whatever the delay will be it's definitely worth it!

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Honorio,thank you !!!

Great presentation, go on !!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 80-71

Many thanks for your compliments, boys.
Before continuing with the countdown just a question. Is anybody having problems to see the single covers? I’m telling this because I can see it in my home computer but not in my daughter’s portable computer. I don’t know why, maybe something related with Rate Your Music.


80. Money Is King



Points: 68.94
Voted by: nicolas (#10), Honorio (#53)

I haven’t found many information about this track. It seems that it was written by Neville Marcano, real name of The Tiger (also called Growling Tiger), a Trinidadian calypsonian.
Recorded in New York in 1935 , being released by Decca label.

River's Invitation: "A common trait in calypso, the lyrics and the singer's personality are very important. The singer must forge himself a strong identity in order to outshine the competition. Growling Tiger, with his deep barytone voice, was famous for his political and social lyrics, and never ceased to mock the rulers and the system, in pure carnaval tradition. "Money Is King", both funny and serious, is a great example of his consciousness."

You Tube link (not the original version, this one was re-recorded in 1979 by the same Growling Tiger)


79. L'accordéoniste



Points: 69.19
Voted by: nicolas (#19), Brad (#35), Honorio (#73)

Written by Michel Emer, a soldier that before going to front proposed the song to Édith Piaf on February of 1940. She allowed him to play the song on a piano, she loved it immediately and played it some days later at Bobino (a music-hall place).
"L'accordéoniste" is French for "The Accordionist". Sometimes it's also called "La fille de joie est triste", French for "The joyful girl is sad".
Recorded by Édith Piaf , being released probably in 1940 but other sources date it as released in 1942 .


You Tube link


78. It's Too Soon to Know



Points: 71.27
Voted by: Brad (#8), Honorio (#67)
Position in AM 3000: #1022 of all time and #15 of the 1940s

Composed by Deborah Chessler.
Recorded by The Orioles in 1948.
Released on August 21, 1948 by Natural Records (that changed the name to Jubilee Records shortly after). According to Wikipedia: "It was number 1 in the R&B charts and number 13 in the pop charts. This was the first time that a black band on what was then known as a "race record" crossed over onto the pop charts."


RYM (paddlesteamer): "The Orioles debut single was a watershed in American popular music. It was tremendously popular, reaching #1 on the R&B charts in November 1948, but its greatest claim to fame is not its considerable commercial success but rather the massive impact it had on pop culture. "It's Too Soon to Know" introduced a sparse vocal pop sound that was prove hugely influential. Vocal group music was re-defined right then and there. They set the standard with their wordless harmonizing and bare-bones guitar accompaniment."
Greil Marcus as quoted by Wikipedia: ""It’s Too Soon To Know" was like Elvis Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)", Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", Nivana's "Smells like Teen Spirit"–a shock, a dead-in-your-tracks what is that?–a sound that was stylistically confusing and emotionally undeniable."

You Tube link


77. Adagio in G Minor



Points: 73.02
Voted by: Henrik (#5)

Composed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 but usually attributed to the 18th Century Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni.
Remo Giazotto, Italian musicologist know for this catalogue of the works of Albinoni, claimed that he obtained, quoting Wikipedia, a "tiny manuscript fragment (consisting of a few measures of the melody line and basso continuo portion) from a slow second movement of an Albinoni trio sonata" from Saxon State Library in Dresden shortly after World War II. Giazotto wrote the whole piece around this fragmentary theme. Since Giazotto never showed this manuscript and there is no record of it on Saxon State Library, it is now considered an entirely original work by Giazotto.
"Adagio in G Minor" is often called "Albinoni's Adagio" or "Adagio in G Minor by Albinoni, arranged by Giazotto".

You Tube link


76. Turangalîla-Symphonie: I. Introduction



Points: 73.02
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#5)

Composed by Olivier Messiaen from 1946 to 1948, on a commision by Serge Koussevitzky for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Premiered on December 2, 1949 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra directed by Leonard Bernstein.
First recording on 1950 by the Orchestre National de la Radio Télévision Française, directed by Roger Désormière.
The part that was voted by sonofsamiam was the First Movement or "Introduction: modéré, un peu vif" and included the "statue theme" played by the trombones that according to Messiaen "it has the oppressive, terrible brutality of ancient Mexican monuments". The piece included parts played with ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument.

You Tube link (including a fascinating analysis provided by the composer himself)


75. House of the Rising Sun



Points: 73.02
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#5)
Position in AM 3000: #61 of all time (The Animals cover)

American traditional folk ballad of unknown writer (according Wikipedia "Alan Price of The Animals has claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel, and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting).
Recorded by Lead Belly in February 1944 as "In New Orleans" (later, in October 1948 he recorded it again as "The House of the Rising Sun").
Released in 1944 as "In New Orleans" by Musicraft as B-side of "(Black Gal) Where Did You Sleep Last Night".

You Tube link


74. Volver



Points: 75.70
Voted by: Miguel (#10), Honorio (#35)

Written by Alfredo Le Pera and Carlos Gardel in 1935.
"Volver" is Spanish for "To come back"
Recorded by Carlos Gardel in 1935.
Released in 1935 on Victor label.


Zorzal Criollo: "The lyrics evoke a nostalgia that allows it to have relevance today (...) The lyrics about to come back had a lot to do with the lives of Gardel and Le Pera, always far away from home enbarked in endless tours."

You Tube link


73. Mano a mano



Points: 76.45
Voted by: Honorio (#7), nicolas (#61)

Written by Celedonio Flores, José Razzano and Carlos Gardel.
"Mano a mano" is Spanish for "Even-steven"
Recorded by Carlos Gardel in 1923 . I got no information about the exact date of release.

My own comments: "Argentinian tango was originally an instrumental style that accompanied a sensual dance born in the brothels of Buenos Aires. And that’s the way is still considered in anglo-saxon countries. Shamely because the lyrics on the "vocal" tango were outstanding. Poets like Discépolo, Castillo, Manzi or Le Pera wrote desperate stories about the love misfortunes in a rich dialect, the lunfardo, difficult to understand even for a Spanish native."

You Tube link


72. There's a Man Going Round Taking Names



Points: 78.33
Voted by: nicolas (#4)

Folk song of unknown writer, according to Ballad Index the first reference was in 1921 and the first recording in 1928 by Carolina Tar Heels.
Recorded by Leadbelly in 1944 for Folkways, I got no information about the exact release.

You Tube link


71. The Laughing Coon



Points: 78.33
Voted by: Mindrocker (#4)

Written by George W. Johnson in 1898.
I wasn’t able to confirm it but it seems that he made a second version in 1902 (the one voted by Mindrocker), released by Victor III Gramophone.


River's Invitation: "George W. Johnson was the first Afro American artist to record. A famous whistler and singer from Virginia, he started recording in 1890. From 1890 to 1895, the total sales of his records was 25 000 to 50 000, each one recorded individually by Johnson !! (every single record was a master by then)".

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 80-71

This is a fantastic and fascinating list! Thanks again for all the efforts, Honorio.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 80-71

Since I can’t see the single covers on my computer at work I assume that I better should have trusted Rate Your Music when they said " Do not hotlink this image; it will not appear when hotlinked". So these were the single covers I wanted to post.

98. God Bless the Child
Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child / Solitude

96. J'attendrai
Rina Ketty - J'attendrai / Sombreros et mantilles

94. Stack O'Lee Blues
Mississippi John Hurt - Stack O' Lee Blues / Candy Man Blues

85. Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa
Louis Armstrong - Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa / Sweet Little Papa

82. Open the Door, Richard
Jack McVea - Open the Door Richard! / Lonesome Blues

81. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) / Rose Room

79. L'accordéoniste
Édith Piaf - L'accordéoniste

78. It's Too Soon to Know
The Orioles - It's Too Soon to Know / Barbra Lee

74. Volver
Carlos Gardel - Volver/Sol tropical

71. The Laughing Coon
George W. Johnson - Laughing Coon

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 80-71

Honorio
79. L'accordéoniste



Points: 69.19
Voted by: nicolas (#19), Brad (#35), Honorio (#73)

Written by Michel Emer, a soldier that before going to front proposed the song to Édith Piaf on February of 1940. She allowed him to play the song on a piano, she loved it immediately and played it some days later at Bobino (a music-hall place).
"L'accordéoniste" is French for "The Accordionist". Sometimes it's also called "La fille de joie est triste", French for "The joyful girl is sad".
Recorded by Édith Piaf , being released probably in 1940 but other sources date it as released in 1942 .


You Tube link



Just a precision, the translation of : "La fille de joie est triste" is more "The prostitute is sad". The meaning of the sentence is not the same

And thanks a lot Honorio for this wonderful job.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 70-61

Of course, it’s not the same, Romain
You know, every language has its own slang.

70. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)



Points: 79.00
Voted by: Henrik (#14 for Billie Holiday version), Miguel (#45 for Sarah Vaughan-Dizzy Gillespie version), Charlie Driggs (#64 for Charlie Parker version), nicolas (#96 for Vaughan-Gillespie version).

Written by Jimmy Davis, Roger 'Ram ' Ramirez and James Sherman in 1941 for Billie Holiday.
Recorded by Billie Holiday on April 10, 1944, released on February 1935 on Decca US label.
Billie Holiday - Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) / That Ole Devil Called Love

Recorded by Dizzy Gillespie on May 11, 1944 with his Quintet (including Charlie Parker on sax and Sarah Vaughan on vocals). First released on June 1945 on Guild label (credited to Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Sydney Catelet, Al Haig, Curly Russell, vocals by Sarah Vaughn) and later that year on Musicraft credited to Dizzy Gillespie and His All Star Quintette featuring vocal by Sarah Vaughn).
Dizzy Gillespie - Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) / Shaw 'Nuff

Recorded by Charlie Parker on July 29, 1946, released in 1946 on Dial Records credited to Charlie Parker Quintet with Howard McGhee as B-side of "Be-Bop".
Howard McGhee - Be-Bop / Lover Man

It is considered that Parker's rendition of "Lover Man" is one of his greatest achivements but during the session was heavily drunk. According to Wikipedia: "Although he produced many brilliant recordings during this period, Parker's behavior became increasingly erratic due to his habit. Heroin was difficult to obtain after he moved to California for a short time where the drug was less abundant, and Parker began to drink heavily to compensate for this. A recording for the Dial label from July 29, 1946, provides evidence of his condition. Prior to this session, Parker drank about a quart of whiskey. According to the liner notes of Charlie Parker on Dial Volume 1, Parker missed most of the first two bars of his first chorus on the track, "Max Making Wax." When he finally did come in, he swayed wildly and once spun all the way around, going badly off mic. On the next tune, "Lover Man", producer Ross Russell physically supported Parker in front of the microphone. On "Bebop" (the final track Parker recorded that evening) he begins a solo with a solid first eight bars. On his second eight bars, however, Parker begins to struggle, and a desperate Howard McGhee, the trumpeter on this session, shouts, "Blow!" at Parker. McGhee's bellow is audible on the recording. Charles Mingus considered this version of "Lover Man" to be among Parker's greatest recordings despite its flaws."

You Tube link (Billie Holiday version)
You Tube link (Dizzy Gillespie version)
You Tube link (Charlie Parker version)


69. Wizzin' the Wizz



Points: 81.94
Voted by: Mindrocker (#8 ), Brad (#51), Honorio (#90)

Written by Lionel Hampton, recorded by Lionel Hampton and Orchestra on May 4, 1939.
Released in 1939 on Victor label.
Lionel Hampton - Wizzin' the Wizz / Denison Swing

You Tube link


68. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out



Points: 83.99
Voted by: Brad (#13), Charlie Driggs (#29), Honorio (#68 )
Position in AM 3000: #2259 of all time and #21 of the 1920s

Written by Jimmy Cox in 1923.
Recorded by Bessie Smith accompanied on trumpet by Joe Smith on May 12, 1929.
Released in August 1929 by Columbia Records.
Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out / Take It Right Back

Three Perfect Minutes: “Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out” is so good it floors me every time I hear it (...) For the final verse, Smith repeats some earlier lines, and doesn’t even have to sing all of the words. The story was so memorable and expertly sung on the first telling that she can just hum through most of the line, sing the last few words, and the listener knows what she means. Those hummed lines capture more feeling without words than most songs can ever hope to convey."

You Tube link


67. Whoa, Back, Buck



Points: 84.45
Voted by: Alex D (#4)

Traditional song of unkonwn writer, although some records attiributed to Huddie Ledbetter, Alan Lomax & John A. Lomax.
Recorded by Leadbelly at least in three different sessions, the first one in 1935 for Alan Lomax Library of Congress (lasting 5'08" in two parts), the second one in 1939 for Moses Asch of Smithsonsian Folkways (lasting 1'26") and the third one in 1940 for RCA Victor,accompanied by Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet and lasting 3'09".

You Tube link (1940 version for RCA Victor)


66. September Song



Points: 84.45
Voted by: Fred (#4)
Position in AM 3000: #2418 of all time and #37 of the 1930s

Composed by Kurt Weill (music) and Maxwell Anderson (lyrics) in 1938.
Premiered on October 19, 1938 as part of the Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday. The song as recorded by Walter Huston become a big success.

Wikipedia: "The song originated from Walter Huston's request that he should have one solo song in Knickerbocker Holiday, if he was going to play the role of the aged dictator Peter Stuyvesant. Anderson and Weill wrote the song specifically for Huston's gruff voice and limited vocal range, in a couple of hours. The musical enjoyed only moderate success and closed in April 1939 after six months, but the song quickly became established as a modern standard."

You Tube link


65. El día que me quieras



Points: 84.45
Voted by: Miguel (#4)

Written by Carlos Gardel (music) and Alfredo Le Pera (lyrics) in 1935.
"El día que me quieras" is Spanish for "The Day That You Want Me".
Recorded by Carlos Gardel with music arrangement by Terig Tucci on March 19, 1935 in New York as part of the soundtrack of the movie of the same name.
Released in 1935 by Victor label.
Carlos Gardel - El día que me quieras/Volvió una noche

On June 24, 1935, only three months after the recording of this song, both Gardel and Le Pera died in a plane crash.

You Tube link


64. Three Preludes: II. Prelude No. 2



Points: 84.71
Voted by: Fred (#6), Miguel (#48 )

Written by George Gershwin in 1926.
Premiered in 1926 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City played by the composer himself. Also published in 1926.

Wikipedia: "The second Prelude, in C sharp minor, also has the distinct flavour of jazz. The piece begins with a subdued melody winding its way above a smooth, steady bassline. The harmonies and melodies of this piece are built on thirds, (...) Gershwin himself referred to the piece as "a sort of blues lullaby."

You Tube link


63. Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio



Points: 88.97
Voted by: Henrik (#6), Miguel (#62), Honorio (#76)

Composed by Joaquín Rodrigo in 1939 in Paris, inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real in Aranjuez.
Premiered on November 9, 1940 by Orquesta Filarmónica of Barcelona, conducted by César Mendoza Lacalle with Regino Sáinz de la Maza playing classical guitar.
The part voted was the Second Movement "Adagio".

You Tube link


62. Death Letter



Points: 89.88
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#11), Fred (#18 )

Written by Eddie James House (real name of Son House) in the mid60s structured upon a 1930 Son House's song, "My Black Mama, Part 2" (that’s why I considered eligible for the poll).
Recorded by Son House in 1930 and released by Paramount Records in 1931 as "My Black Mama, Part 1" and "My Black Mama, Part 2".
Reworked and re-recorded in 1965 and released by Columbia Records as part of the album "Father of Folk Blues", being the version more widely known.

Wikipedia: "“Lyrically, the song is about a man who learns of the death of the woman he loves through a letter delivered to him early in the morning. The narrator later views her body on the cooling board at the morgue, attends her funeral, and returns to his home in a state of depression. (...) House's lyrics draw from traditional sources. Other blues musicians recorded related songs, including Lead Belly ("Death Letter Blues"), Ishman Bracey ("Trouble Hearted Blues"), Ida Cox ("Death Letter Blues"), Robert Wilkins ("Nashville Stonewall") and Blind Willie McTell ("On The Cooling Board")."

You Tube link (My Black Mama Part 2)
You Tube link (Death Letter)


61. Statesboro Blues



Points: 91.04
Voted by: nicolas (#15), Brad (#36), sonofsamiam (#56), Charlie Driggs (#87), Honorio (#95)
Position in AM 3000: #1633 of all time and #15 of the 1920s

Written by Blind Willie McTell and recorded on October 17, 1928.
Released on December 1928 by Victor label.
Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues / Three Women Blues

Wikipedia: "The lyrics, a first-person narrative, appear to relate the story of a man pleading with a woman to let him in her house; the speaker calls himself "Papa McTell" in the first stanza ("Have you got the nerve to drive Papa McTell from your door?"). Throughout the song, the woman, addressed as "mama," is alternately pleaded with (to go with the speaker "up the country") and threatened ("When I leave this time, pretty mama, I'm going away to stay")."
Allmusic: "One of McTell’s earliest recordings in 1928, the song is a definitive blues (...) Indeed, although McTell’s immaculate acoustic (played on a 12 string guitar) version of the song cannot be surpassed, The Allman Brothers Band recorded a magnificent, incendiary live version of the song on their At Fillmore East album, using the song as a showcase for Duane Allman’s lead guitar.".

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 60-51

Excellent songs in this segment, music coming from the White America, the Black America, France, Germany, Cuba and Russia.

60. Blue Moon of Kentucky



Points: 91.34
Voted by: nicolas (#16), Fred (#28 ), Honorio (#60), Brad (#69).
Position in AM 3000: #380 of all time and #21 of the 1920s
Style: Bluegrass

Written by Bill Monroe in 1946.
Recorded by Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys on September 16, 1946 (the Blue Grass Boys included at the time Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs).
Released on early 1947 by Columbia Records.
Bill Monroe - Blue Moon of Kentucky / Goodbye Old Pal

Wikipedia: "The song, described as a "bluegrass waltz", had become a nationwide hit by 1947 and also became enormously popular with other bluegrass, country, and early rockabilly acts."
Wikipedia about the 1954 Presley cover: "Elvis Presley Scotty and Bill, with the encouragement of Sam Phillips, transformed Monroe's slow waltz (3/4 time) into an upbeat, blues-flavored tune in 4/4 time. After an early rendition of the song, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips exclaimed, "BOY, that's fine, that's fine. That's a POP song now!."

You Tube link


59. Five Guys Named Moe



Points: 91.55
Voted by: Honorio (#8 ), Miguel (#24)
Style: Jump blues

Written by Larry Wynn and Jerry Bresler.
Recorded by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five in 1943.
Released on August of 1943 on Decca US label.
Louis Jordan - Five Guys Named Moe / That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out

My personal comments: "Jump! Never a music style was named so appropriately. Some years ago I bought a compilation of Louis Jordan looking for his widely known "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" but I became addicted to the first song on that CD, an irressistible uptempo comic number called "Five Guys Named Moe". Those five guys, Big Moe, Little Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, No Moe and Eat Moe, you know, when they start to beat it out / everybody jump and shout. Including me."

You Tube link (original studio version)
You Tube link (excellent live version)


58. Echoes of France



Points: 91.58
Voted by: nicolas (#2)
Style: French jazz

Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792 as a war song, becoming France national anthem in 1795 and named La Marseillaise.
Recorded by Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France avec Stéphane Grapelli (violon) on January 31, 1946 .
Reinhardt and Grapelli did a jazz version of the French national anthem and called it Echoes of France. I got no information about the exact date of release but it was probably released as a single by French Swing label.

River’s Invitation: "This version of "La Marseillaise" (our national anthem) is my favorite by far, and, since it's an instrumental, you don't hear those agressive lyrics about war and blood."
This song gives name to the most recent blog of our beloved friend nicolas, please go and visit Echoes of France

You Tube link


57. Le sacre du printemps: Tableau I, L'adoration de la terre: Section II, Les augures printaniers - Danses des adolescents



Points: 91.70
Voted by: Honorio (#21), Henrik (#22), sonofsamiam (#32)
Style: Modern classical

Composed by Igor Stravisnky in 1912-1913 for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
Premiered on May 29, 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris conducted by Pierre Monteux under the Ballets Russes, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.
The translation to English of the original French title is "The Rite of Spring: Act I, Adoration of the Earth: Section 2, The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls".
First recording by Grand Orchestre Symphonique conducted by Pierre Monteux, released in 1929 by Disque Gramophone.

Wikipedia: "The premiere involved one of the most famous classical music riots in history (...) At the start, the audience began to boo loudly. There were loud arguments in the audience between supporters and opponents of the work. These were soon followed by shouts and fistfights in the aisles. The unrest in the audience eventually degenerated into a riot. The Paris police arrived by intermission, but they restored only limited order. Chaos reigned for the remainder of the performance."
Alex Ross: "When a full-scale riot broke out at the premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on May 29, 1913, the primary cause, as far as can be determined, was the stamping dissonance that is heard some two hundred times in the section titled "Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Adolescent Girls" (...) The chords are made up of an E-flat dominant seventh on top (an E-flat-major triad with an added D-flat) and an F-flat (E-major) triad on the bottom (...) An uniform pulse drive the chord, but the accents fall everywhere, on beat and off beat:
One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight
One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight
One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight
One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight"
Keeping Score: "Terrifying chords, made from tones that had never before been heard together, pound out a pattern of shifiting, erratic accents". I strongly recommend this page, Keeping Score

You Tube link (les augures printaniers: danses des adolescents)
You Tube link (the Act I recreating the original Nijinsky choreography of 1913, parts 1-4)
You Tube link (the continuation of Act I, parts 5-9)


56. The St. Louis Blues



Points: 92.13
Voted by: nicolas (#9), Honorio (#32), sonofsamiam (#68 )
Position in AM 3000: #1362 of all time and #12 of the 1920s
Style: Classic blues

Written by William Christopher Handy in 1914, first recorded in 1915.
Recorded by Bessie Smith on January 14, 1925 in New York City with Louis Armstrong on trumpet and Fred Longshaw on harmonium.
Released on March 1925 by Columbia Records.
Bessie Smith - The St. Louis Blues / Cold in Hand Blues

Allmusic: W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" is the most recorded popular song of the pre-rock era -- only the sacred "Silent Night" was performed more often. The prototype for the ubiquitous 12-bar blues, its opening lines -- "Oh, how I hate to see that evening sun go down" -- have become famous in the world of popular music. Inspired by Handy's wanderings around St. Louis and the words of a woman whose man had gone missing, the song was written in 1914 while he was back in his adopted hometown of Memphis."
Wikipedia: "Writing about the first time St Louis Blues was played (1914), Handy notes that "The one-step and other dances had been done to the tempo of Memphis Blues...When St Louis Blues was written the tango was in vogue. I tricked the dancers by arranging a tango introduction, breaking abruptly into a low-down blues. My eyes swept the floor anxiously, then suddenly I saw lightening strike. The dancers seemed electrified. Something within them came suddenly to life. An instinct that wanted so much to live, to fling its arms to spread joy, took them by the heels."

You Tube link (1925 original studio version)
You Tube link (version from 1929 movie of the same name featuring Bessie Smith)


55. Die Dreigroschenoper: Seeräuber Jenny



Points: 94.36
Voted by: Honorio (#5), Charlie Driggs (#37)
Style: Berlin cabaret

Composed by Kurt Weill (music) and Bertolt Brecht (lyrics) in 1927-1928.
Premiered on August 31, 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauersamm in Berlin, conducted by Theo Mackeben with Kurt Gerron and Lotte Lenya as the main characters.
"Die Dreigroschenoper: Seeräuber Jenny" is German for "The Threepenny Opera: Pirate Jenny".
First recorded by Lotte Lenya with Ruth Lewis Band conducted by Theo Mackeben and Bertolt Brecht as narrator on December 7, 1930 .
I don’t know the exact date of release (probably 1931) by Ultraphon label.

My personal comments: ""Pirate Jenny" strucked a young Bob Dylan when he saw Lotte Lenya in the show "Brecht on Brecht" in Greenwich Village's Theatre de Lys in 1962. "This piece left you flat on your back and it demanded to be taken seriously. It lingered.", he said in his "Chronicles", "it wasn't a protest or topical song and there was no love on it". He decided to experiment his own songwriting "totally influenced by 'Pirate Jenny'". Now we know why "When the Ship Comes In" or "The Times They Are A-Changin'" got no love on it too."

You Tube link (original 1930 recording)
You Tube link (version from 1931 movie "Die Dreigroschenoper" featuring Lotte Lenya)


54. Lovesick Blues



Points: 94.51
Voted by: Miguel (#15 for Williams version), Henrik (#32 for Williams version), Brad (#44 for Miller version and #74 for Williams version).
Style: Minstrel show, Country

Written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills in 1922.
Recorded by Emmet Miller and His Georgia Crackers on June 12, 1928, being released in 1928 on Okeh label.
Emmett Miller - Lovesick Blues / I Ain't Got Nobody

Recorded by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys on December 22, 1948, being released on February 11, 1949 on MGM label.

Allmusic: ""Lovesick Blues" contains a marvellously fun melody, and a chord sequence full of unexpected changes. The lyrics are also very effective – it begins "I got a feeling called the blues since my baby said goodbye/Lord I don’t know what to do, all I do is sit and cry". Indeed, the lyric could easily have been written by Williams."

You Tube link (1928 Emmet Miller version)
You Tube link (1948 Hank Williams version)


53. La mer



Points: 97.04
Voted by: Fred (#5), Honorio (#52), Miguel (#74)
Style: Chanson

Composed by Charles Trenet (lyrics) and Léo Chauliac (music) in 1943. Trenet "wrote the lyrics on a train in 1943 while travelling along the French Mediterranean coast, returning from Paris to Narbonne, supposedly in ten minutes, on toilet paper" (according to Wikipedia).
Recorded by Charles Trenet in 1946 accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Albert Lasry.
Released in 1946 by Columbia (EMI) France.
Charles Trenet - La mer / Seul... depuis toujours

"La mer" is French for "The Sea". The English version of the song was called "Beyond the Sea" and was a hit for Bobby Darin in 1959.
Wikipedia: "It was not until 1946 that Trenet recorded the song, since neither he nor the people around him believed the song to be anything special or particularly original. When he released "La Mer" in 1946 it turned out, however, to be an unexpected hit and has remained a chanson classic ever since."

You Tube link


52. Angelitos negros



Points: 97.64
Voted by: Miguel (#4), Honorio (#41)
Style: Bolero

Written by Manuel Álvarez Maciste (music) in Mexico from a poem by Andrés Eloy Blanco (poet from Venezuela).
Recorded by Antonio Machín in Spain, released in 1947 .

Wikipedia: "This poem could well be considered a hymn against racial discrimination."

You Tube link (the 1947 version is not available on You Tube, this is a mid60s version that includes a delicious organ arrangement lounge-style, the original can be heard on my Spotify link)


51. Ko Ko



Points: 97.81
Voted by: Fred (#20), sonofsamiam (#31), Brad (#41), Honorio (#44)
Position in AM 3000: #821 of all time and #11 of the 1940s
Style: Bebop

Written by Charlie Parker in 1945 based on "Cherokee" by Ray Noble.
Recorded by Charlie Parker's Ri Bop Boys on November 26, 1945, at Savoy Records in New York City, with Charlie Parker (alto saxophone), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Sadik Hakim (piano), Curly Russell (bass) and Max Roach (drums), with Miles Davis playing on the session but not in this particular song.
Released in 1946 on Savoy label.
Charlie Parker - Ko Ko / How High the Moon

Wikipedia: "It is considered by many to be the very first time bebop was ever recorded. Charlie Parker is said to have "realized" bebop while playing Ray Noble's tune "Cherokee". He played that piece so many times that by the end he hated it, but he had mastered the chords perfectly in all 12 keys. "Ko-Ko" has a partially improvised head and the chords are based on "Cherokee"".

You Tube link


Merry Christmas everyone!!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: the results

Fantastic presentation Honorio, wish I'd been able to find time to listen to all the songs in order to rank them. I'm going to work through this thread though, if it's the last thing I do!

Merry Christmas!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: the results

This is amazing. All hail, Honorio. Nice job, it's great to listen to all these songs while I sit here at work on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 50-46

Thanks guys, have a happy Christmas. And Rocky, don’t work too much on Christmas Eve.

50. Move On Up a Little Higher



Points: 100.04
Voted by: Brad (#14), Honorio (#31), sonofsamiam (#42), Charlie Driggs (#65).
Position in AM 3000: #1051 of all time and #16 of the 1940s
Style: Gospel

Written by W Herbert Brewster.
Recorded by Mahalia Jackson on September 12, 1947 at Apollo, New York, with Mildred Falls on piano and Herbert James Francis on organ. She re-recorded it again with a full band in 1954.
Released on early 1948 by Apollo Records.

Wikipedia: "Originally written for one of Brewster's religious pageants or passion plays. Brewster's maintained that the entire piece--lyrics, melody, and harmony--came to him in one flow, and shortly thereafter he taught the song to his principle vocal soloist, Queen C. Anderson. But it was the Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson, who, according to Brewster, "knew what to do with it. She could throw the verse out there.""
Rev. William Herbert Brewster about his intention (as quoted by Wikipedia): "We'll have to move in the field of education. Move into the professions and move into politics. Move in anything that any other race has to have to survive. That was a protest idea and inspiration. I was trying to inspire Black people to move up higher. Don't be satisfied with the mediocre ... Before the freedom fights started, before the Martin Luther King days, I had to lead a lot of protest meetings. In order to get my message over, there were things that were almost dangerous to say, but you could sing it."

You Tube link (you can only find in You Tube the Part 2 of the 1947 original version)
You Tube link (the 1955 version)


49. Sweet Home Chicago



Points: 101.23
Voted by: Alex D (#5), Charlie Driggs (#68), Miguel (#75), nicolas (#75)
Position in AM 3000: #2283 of all time and #32 of the 1930s
Style: Delta blues

Written by Robert Johnson, although it's a variation of the traditional blues piece "Kokomo Blues" popularized by James 'Kokomo' Arnold.
Recorded by Robert Johson on November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas.
Released on July of 1937 on Vocalion label.
Robert Johnson - Walkin' Blues / Sweet Home Chicago

Wikipedia: "Interestingly, the lyrics only obliquely refer to Chicago itself, in the song's refrain, where the song narrator pleads for a woman to go with him back to "that land of California / my sweet home Chicago". Indeed, California is mentioned in the song more than Chicago, both during this refrain and in one of the stanzas ("I'm goin' to California / from there to Des Moines, Iowa"). These perplexing lyrics have been a source of controversy for many years. In the 1960s and 1970s, some commentators speculated this was a geographical mistake on Johnson's part. This is clearly untrue, as Johnson was a highly sophisticated songwriter and used geographical references in a number of his songs. One interpretation is that Johnson intended the song to be a metaphorical description of an imagined paradise combining elements of the American north and west, far from the racism and poverty inherent to the Mississippi Delta of 1936."

You Tube link


48. How High the Moon



Points: 101.27
Voted by: Fred (#8 for the Paul & Ford version), Miguel (#28 for Reinhardt version and #57 for Fitzgerald version)
Position in AM 3000: #663 of all time (Les Paul & Mary Ford version)
Style: Jazz

Written by Morgan Lewis (music) and Nancy Hamilton (lyrics), first premiered in 1940 on Broadway revue Two for the Show, the first recording came from Benny Goodman.
Recorded by Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France on March 26, 1947 in Paris, being released in 1947 by Swing label.
Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald backed by the Daydreamers on December 20, 1947 in New York, being released in March 1948 on Decca US label.
Recorded by Les Paul & Mary Ford on January 4, 1951,being released in March of 1951 by Capitol Records. It’s not eligible for our poll but I assigned Fred's points to the song itself.

Wikipedia: "In "Two for the Show", this was a rare (and unforgettable) serious moment in an otherwise humorous revue. The song was sung, in a slow fox trot tempo, by a group of evening-dressed people walking along a London street. At the end, they all looked at the sky, and cowered, obviously terrified: quick curtain. It was 1940, and the time of the London blitz: a clear night meant "bomber's moon""

You Tube link (Django Reinhardt version)
You Tube link (Ella Fitzgerald version)


47. West End Blues



Points: 101.68
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#15), Brad (#31), nicolas (#42), Honorio (#80), Miguel (#90)
Position in AM 3000: #345 of all time and #1 of the 1920s
Style: Dixieland jazz

Written by Joe 'King' Oliver (music) and Clarence Williams (lyrics), although is often performed as an instrumental. Oliver made the first recording of the song with His Dixie Syncopators in 1928.
Recorded by Louis Arsmtrong and His Hot Five on June 28, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois.
Released on July of 1928 on Okeh label.
Louis Armstrong - West End Blues / Fireworks

Wikipedia: "The "West End" of the title refers to a place on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is best known for its seafood restaurants, it used to be a thriving weekend summer resort where live music was often played. In its heyday, West End had dance pavilions and lake bathing as well."
Wikipedia: "By far the best known recording of "West End Blues" is the 3-minute-plus, 78 rpm record recording made by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five in 1928, considered one of the masterpieces of early jazz. Louis Armstrong plays trumpet (and does some relaxed scat singing) backed by a band that included the pianist Earl Hines. In an eight-bar trumpet solo near the end of the record, Armstrong played a solo considered among the finest recordings in jazz history. Other portions of this record also in high regard include the trumpet introduction by Armstrong that begins the song - this cadenza incorporates an almost syncopated opening, the wordless 'scat' singing chorus by Armstrong where he accompanies and varies a melody played by the clarinetist, and a piano solo by Hines. The number is closed by a deft metallic click by drummer Zutty Singleton."

You Tube link


46. Praise God I'm Satisfied



Points: 101.98
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#3), sonofsamiam (#45)
Style: Gospel blues

Traditional song, adapted by Willie Johnson in 1929.
Recorded by Blind Willie Johson on December 11, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana with Angeline on backing vocals.
Released on July 1930 by Columbia Records.
Blind Willie Johnson - Praise God I'm Satisfied / When the War Was On

Wikipedia: "'Blind' Willie Johnson was an American singer and guitarist whose music straddled the border between blues and spirituals. While the lyrics of all of his songs were religious, his music drew from both sacred and blues traditions. Among musicians, he is considered one of the greatest slide or bottleneck guitarists, as well as one of the most revered figures of depression-era gospel music.] His music is distinguished by his powerful bass thumb-picking and gravelly false-bass voice, with occasional use of a tenor voice."

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 45-41

45. Carmina Burana: Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - O Fortuna



Points: 102.23
Voted by: Henrik (#8 ), sonofsamiam (#39), Miguel (#52), Honorio (#88 ).
Style: Modern Classical

Composed by Carl Orff in 1935-1936, based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, collected by Michael Hofmann.
Premiered on June 8, 1937 by the Frankfurt Opera in Frankfurt conducted by Bertil Wetzelsberger.
"Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - O Fortuna" is Latin for "Fortune, Empress of the World – O Fortune" and is the first of 25 movements of the cantata.
I haven’t found information about the first recording but the most notable is the 1968 by the Deustsche Oper Berlin conducted by Eugen Jochum and endorsed by Orff himself.

Wikipedia: ""O Fortuna" has been used in dozens of feature films and trailers to accompany dramatic or cataclysmic scenes, to the point of becoming a cliché of film music."
Alex Ross as quoted by Wikipedia: "The music itself commits no sins simply by being and remaining popular. That Carmina Burana has appeared in hundreds of films and television commercials is proof that it contains no diabolical message, indeed that it contains no message whatsoever."

You Tube link


44. Aquarela do Brasil



Points: 102.74
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#6 for Alves version and #70 for Cugat version), Honorio (#40 for Alves version), Brad (#99 for Alves version)
Style: Samba

Written by Ary Barroso in 1939. "Aquarela do Brasil" is Portuguese for "Watercolor of Brazil".
Recorded by Francisco Alves on August of 1939 with Radamés Gnattali and his Orchestra.
Released on October 1939 by Odeon Records.
Francisco Alves - Aquarela do Brasil / Aquarela do Brasil
Recorded by Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra in 1942, being released on February of 1943 by Columbia Records under the name Brazil.
Xavier Cugat - Brazil / Chiu Chiu

Wikipedia: "Ary Barroso wrote "Aquarela do Brasil" in early 1939, when he was prevented from leaving his home one night due to heavy a storm. Its title, a reference to watercolor painting, is a clear mention to the rain (...) Initially, he wrote the first chords, which he defined as "vibrant", and a "plangent of emotions". The original beat "sang on [his] imagination, highlighting the sound of the rain, on syncope beats of fantastic tambourins". According to him, "the rest came naturally, music and lyrics at once". He declared to have felt like another person after writing the song."

You Tube link (Francisco Alves 1939 version)
You Tube link (Xavier Cugat 1943 version)


43. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie



Points: 108.31
Voted by: nicolas (#6), Honorio (#25), sonofsamiam (#70)
Style: Jump blues

Written by Denver Darling, Vaughn Horton and Milt Gabler.
Recorded by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five in January of 1946.
Released in June 1946 on Decca US label.
Louis Jordan - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie / That's Chick's Too Young to Fry

Wikipedia: "It topped the R&B charts for 18 weeks from August 1946, a record only equalled by one other hit, "The Honeydripper". The record was one of Jordan's biggest ever hits with both black and white audiences, peaking at number seven on the national chart and provided an important link between blues and country music, foreshadowing the development of "rock and roll" a few years later "
Wikipedia again: "The song summed up the feelings of excitement followed by disillusionment felt by many who were returning from serving in the Second World War, in lyrics such as You reach your destination, but alas and alack! / You need some compensation to get back in the black / You take your morning paper from the top of the stack / And read the situation from the front to the back / The only job that's open needs a man with a knack / So put it right back in the rack, Jack!."

You Tube link


42. Nightmare



Points: 108.41
Voted by: Mindrocker (#5), Henrik (#47), Brad (#59), Honorio (#91)
Style: Jazz

Written by Artie Shaw and recorded by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra in 1938.
Released on November of 1938 on Bluebird label.
Artie Shaw - Nightmare / Non Stop Flight

Wikipedia: "He composed the morose "Nightmare", with its Hassidic nuances, for his personal theme, rather than more approachable songs. In a televised interview of the 1970s, Shaw derided the often "asinine" songs that bands were compelled to play night after night. In 1994, he told Frank Prial (The New York Times), "I thought that because I was Artie Shaw I could do what I wanted, but all they wanted was 'Begin the Beguine'"
All About Jazz: "As "Nightmare" concludes - with that dark, inexorable pattern below, the brass blaring out above, and that final bright cymbal crash - we get an emotion that's very satisfying. This music is brash, it's bold, it's critical, it doesn't smooth things over. We can imagine audiences in the late 1930s, worried about what was happening in Europe, and trying to make sense of their own lives, pleased to hear it played by a big band, to hear something troubling given artistic form. And audiences today can feel this, too. In fact, "Nightmare" is part of the background score to the film The Aviator."

You Tube link


41. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry



Points: 108.56
Voted by: Henrik (#18 ), Brad (#25), sonofsamiam (#28 ), Honorio (#58 )
Position in AM 3000: #118 of all time and #1 of the 1940s
Style: Country

Written by Hank Williams in 1949.
Recorded by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys on August 30, 1949.
Released in November 1949 on MGM label.
Hank Williams - My Bucket's Got a Hole in It / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Allmusic: "Hank Williams wrote so many classics that it's hard to single one out that's better than the next, but "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" holds a special place in his catalog. A mournful tale of loneliness, the song contains some of the most evocative lines Williams ever wrote: The opening couplet of "Hear that lonesome whippoorwill/He sounds too blue to fly" is a model of simple, elegant poetry. He married the lyric to a melody that is equally simple and graceful, resulting in the kind of song that sounds like it was never written -- it was just always there."

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 40-36

Some unexpected choices in this segment (and the first two personal number ones!!).

40. God Bless America



Points: 108.72
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#10), Brad (#10)
Style: Patriotic song

Written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938 (according to Wikipedia "with the rise of Hitler, Berlin, who was Jewish, and a first-generation European immigrant, felt it was time to revive it as a "peace song"").
Premiered on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938 sung by Kate Smith on her radio show.
Recorded by Kate Smith in 1938 with mixed chorus and orchestra, being released in 1939 on Victor label.
Kate Smith - God Bless America

Wikipedia: "The arrangement for Kate Smith's performance was accompanied by full band, progressing into a grand march tempo, with trumpets triple reinforcing the harmonies between stanzas: the dramatic build-up ends on the final exposed high note, which Kate Smith sang in the solo as a sustained a cappella note, with the band then joining for the finale. (...) There was even a movement to make "God Bless America" the national anthem of the United States. However, there was strong opposition by conservative southerners as well as conservatives who lived in rural areas where there were no Jews living in it, stating that because Irving Berlin was a foreigner and a Jew, that they would not accept their national anthem to be composed by a member of the minority class. Congress would have had to repeal the "Star Spangled Banner" in both houses by two-thirds of the votes. "
Roger Ebert about the use of the song on "The Deer Hunter" as quoted by Wikipedia: "It [the film] ends on a curious note: The singing of "God Bless America". I won't tell you how it arrives at that particular moment... but I do want to observe that the lyrics of "God Bless America" have never before seemed to me to contain such an infinity of possible meanings, some tragic, some unspeakably sad, some few still defiantly hopeful."

You Tube link (original studio version)
You Tube link (recreation of the 1938 broadcast premiere for the 1943 movie "This Is the Army")
You Tube link ("The Deer Hunter" last scene)


39. Tatuaje



Points: 109.10
Voted by: Miguel (#1), Honorio (#74)
Style: Copla

Written by Rafael de León (lyrics) and Manuel Quiroga (music) in 1941.
"Tatuaje" is Spanish for "Tattoo".
Recorded by Concha Piquer , being released in 1941 .

El Comercio Digital: "Francisco Carantoña stated that Concha Piquer was an unsurpasable performer of sad love ballads and that 'Tatuaje' should be associated to the Spanish song reminiscent of Lorca poetry. "With 'Tatuaje' -wrote Carantoña- Piquer went beyond the boundaries of the regional, to proclaim with her throat and her feeling the universality of the passions of the harbor, the one-night loves apparently ephimeral but then turned into lasting reference of the heartbreak."

You Tube link (original studio version)
You Tube link (with images from Spanish post-war period from the excellent documentary "Canciones para después de una guerra/Songs for After a War" directed by Basilio Martín Patiño)
You Tube link (recreation-parody sang by Pedro Almodóvar in the short "Tatuaje" directed by Jaime Chávarri)


38. Cross Road Blues



Points: 112.82
Voted by: Honorio (#10), Alex D (#11), Brad (#86)
Position in AM 3000: #236 of all time and #2 of the 1930s
Style: Delta blues

Written by Robert Johnson.
Recorded by Robert Johnson on November 27, 1936 at San Antonio, Texas.
Released in April 1937 by Vocalion Records.
Robert Johnson - Ramblin' on My Mind / Cross Road Blues

My personal comments: "That's where it all began. On a crossroad. At midnight. Somewhere on the Mississippi Delta. Robert Johnson had a meeting with the Devil. Johnson sold his soul to the Devil and in exchange he learned to play the guitar like no one else. And more important, since then he got the blues. And the blues gave place to rock and roll, and the message of the Devil has been transmitted to succesive generations. Some say that in that crossroad Johnson simply met someone that showed him the basic chords of blues. Anyway, it's the same, isn’t it?"

You Tube link


37. Piano Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro ma non tanto



Points: 116.65
Voted by: Fred (#2), Henrik (#31)
Style: Classical

Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff in 1909.
Premiered on November 29, 1909 by Rachmaninoff himself with the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch at New Theatre in New York.
First recorded by Vladimir Horowitz accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Albert Coates for the HMV in 1930.

Wikipedia: "Famous for its technical and musical demands on the performer. It has the reputation of being one of the most difficult concertos in the standard piano repertoire. (...) The concerto is respected, even feared, by most pianists. Josef Hofmann, the pianist to whom the work is dedicated, never publicly performed it, saying that it "wasn't for" him. And Gary Graffman lamented he had not learned this concerto as a student, when he was "still too young to know fear"."

You Tube link (played by Rachmaninov himself in 1939)
You Tube link (as performed on the movie "Shine" directed by Scott Hicks)


36. Speak Low



Points: 128.81
Voted by: Charlie Driggs (#1), Henrik (#42), Honorio (#70)
Style: Popular

Written by Kurt Weill (music) and Ogden Nash (lyrics) in 1943.
Premiered in October 1943 as part of the Broadway musical One Touch of Venus, sung by Mary Martin.
First recorded by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians with vocal by Billy Leach , being released in 1944.
Recorded by Kurt Weill himself in a private rehearsal session with Ira Gershwin in 1945, first released in 1983 as part of the album "Tryout: A Series of Private Rehearsal Recordings".

Jazz Standards: "In the production Mary Martin played a statue of Venus who came to life when a barber, Rodney Hatch (played by Kenny Baker) slipped the engagement ring which he had bought for his girlfriend on the statue’s finger. The goddess of love tempts Hatch and tries to win him over with the seductive "Speak Low", the outstanding song from the show sung by Martin. Much to his consternation, she follows him all over the city of New York before resolving not only his romance but the complicated love affairs of others before finally returning to her art gallery pedestal."

You Tube link (fragment of Weill’s private rehearsal)
You Tube link (since Lombardo’s version is not available on You Tube, here it is a wonderful version by Sarah Vaughan)

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 35-31

35. Adagio for Strings



Points: 129.51
Voted by: Henrik (#10), Miguel (#10), sonofsamiam (#49), Honorio (#78)
Style: Classical

Composed by Samuel Barber in 1936 while he was spending a summer in Europe (quoting wikpedia "Barber envisioned a small stream that grows into a river"). It began as the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11, and was later orchestrated by Barber.
Premiered on November 5, 1938 in 8H Studio in New York City for a radio broadcast by the NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

All quotes (except the last one) taken from Wikipedia:
Olin Downes: Barber "achieved something as perfect in mass and detail as his craftsmanship permits."
Johanna Keller: the lower strings arrangement creates "an uneasy, shifting suspension as the melody begins a stepwise motion, like the hesitant climbing of stairs."
Alexander J. Morin: the piece was "full of pathos and cathartic passion, rarely leaves a dry eye."
Thomas Larson: "The work is a slow, minor-key lament, which evokes a deep sadness in those who hear it."
Alex Ross: "Whenever the American dream suffers a catastrophic setback, Barber’s Adagio plays on the radio."

You Tube link (live recording of the 1938 premiere conducted by Toscanini)
You Tube link (a 2009 version by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with better sound quality)


34. Nuages



Points: 129.52
Voted by: Honorio (#4), nicolas (#22), sonofsamiam (#57), Brad (#98 )
Style: French jazz

Written by Django Reinhardt in 1940.
"Nuages" is French for "Clouds".
Recorded by Django Reinhardt with le Quintette du Hot Club de France avec Alix Combelle (clarinette) on December 13, 1940 in Swing Studios, Paris. There was a previous unissued recording on October 1, 1940 with Hubert Rostaing on clarinet.
Released probably in 1941 on Swing label.
Django Reinhardt - Nuages / Les Yeux Noirs
Recorded again by Django Reinhardt with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with Stéphane Grapelli on violin on February 1, 1946 in Decca Studios, London.
Released in 1947 on Decca label.
Django Reinhardt - Love's Melody / Nuages
Reinhardt recorded about thriteen versions of the song from 1940 to 1953.

My personal comments: "1985, Place de Montmartre, Paris, a twenty-year old Honorio with a group of friends from the University on a summer trip. While my friends were being portraited by street painters I ventured into a dark and smoky Café where two guitar players played jazz. I asked them to play "Nuages" and they quickly attacked it in a quite routinary but impeccable manner (probably they played it before a thousand times). "Nuages" is the sound of Paris to me."

You Tube link (1940 second version with Alix Combelle on clarinet)
You Tube link (1946 version with Stéphane Grappelli on violin)


33. Gambling Bar Room Blues



Points: 143.14
Voted by: nicolas (#5 for Rodgers version), Mindrocker (#13 for Wills version and #66 for Rodgers version), Honorio (#61 for Wills version)
Style: Early country / Western swing

Written by Jimmie Rodgers and Shelly Lee Alley.
Recorded by Jimmie Rodgers on August 15, 1932 in Camden, New Jersey. Released in May 1933 on Bluebird label.
Recorded by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys probably in 1939, being released in 1939 on Vocalion label named Drunkard's Blues as B-side of "Don't Let the Deal Go Down".

Allmusic about Jimmie Rodgers: "His brass plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame reads, "Jimmie Rodgers' name stands foremost in the country music field as the man who started it all." This is a fair assessment. The "Singing Brakeman" and the "Mississippi Blue Yodeler," whose six-year career was cut short by tuberculosis, became the first nationally known star of country music and the direct influence of many later performers. (...) Rodgers sang about rounders and gamblers, bounders and ramblers -- and he knew what he sang about. At age 14 he went to work as a railroad brakeman, and on the rails he stayed until a pulmonary hemorrhage sidetracked him to the medicine show circuit in 1925. The years with the trains harmed his health but helped his music. (...) His instrumental accompaniment consisted sometimes of his guitar only, while at other times a full jazz band (horns and all) backed him up. Country fans could have asked for no better hero/star -- someone who thought what they thought, felt what they felt, and sang about the common person honestly and beautifully"

You Tube link ("Gambling Bar Room Blues" by Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills' "Drunkard's Blues" is not available on the web but you can listen to it on my Spotify link).


32. Lost Highway



Points: 145.33
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#16), Mindrocker (#16), Miguel (#19), Honorio (#48 ), Brad (#72)
Style: Country

Written by Leon Payne in 1948 (Payne original version was released in October of 1948 on Bullet label).
Recorded by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys on March 1, 1949 in Castle Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.
Released on September 9, 1949 on MGM label.
Hank Williams - Lost Highway / You're Gonna Change

Wikipedia: "Written by Leon Payne but indelibly associated with Hank Williams, “Lost Highway” is in many ways the definitive Williams song – the song’s lyrics reflect the wayward, outcast image that Williams had perfected, and Williams’ lonesome, eerie vocal fits the song perfectly. The song is full of imagery – “I’m a rolling stone, all alone and lost” and “Just a deck of cards and a jug of wine/and a woman’s lies makes a life like mine” are just two examples. The ‘lost highway’ in the lyrics reflects Williams’ own life, and the song has certainly added to the myth of Williams after his death."

You Tube link


31. Hell Hound on My Trail



Points: 148.59
Voted by: Fred (#11), sonofsamiam (#13), Alex D (#14), Charlie Driggs (#97)
Style: Delta blues

Written by Robert Johnson.
Recorded by Robert Johnson on June 20, 1937 in Dallas, Texas.
Released in August 1937 on Vocalion label.
Robert Johnson - From Four Until Late / Hell Hound on My Trail

Wikipedia: "According to legend, Johnson sold his soul to the devil in a Faustian deal at the crossroads in return for his musical talent. This song fuels the mystery and lore surrounding him as it suggests a man in the grip of evil, and his deal with the devil has become part of popular culture. (...) Johnson played the guitar with a distinctive bottleneck slide style and sang with an intensity that was personal and chilling. His guitar was in open E tuning with the lower strings providing a droning accompaniment. (...) The first and last verses may be the finest found in the blues, according to music historian Samuel Charters. The poetic imagery is brilliant and intense with a feeling of personal frenzy. The song's lyrics reflect an agonized spirit for whom there is no escape. The vision of the hounds of hell coming to catch sinners was prevalent in southern churches at that time, and this may have been the image in Johnson's mind."

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 35-31

Adagio for Strings was my #3.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 35-31

Yep, Henrik, it’s true. But don’t worry, I’ve only made the mistake when I copied the position for the post, the points assigned on the Excel Sheet were correct (84,45 as your #3).

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 30-26

First the AM positions on the previous segment that I forgot to post:
Nuages: #2497 of all time and #44 of the 1940s
Lost Highway: #1772 of all time and #24 of the 1940s
Hellhound on My Trail: #870 of all time and #9 of the 1930s


30. I Won't Be Here Long



Points: 152.24
Voted by: Mindrocker (#2), Alex D (#12), Brad (#64)
Style: Jazz

Written by Oran Thaddeus 'Hot Lips' Page and Henry 'Buster' Smith.
Recorded by Hot Lips Page on January 23, 1940 , released probably in 1940.

Wikipedia: "One of the great swing trumpeters in addition to being a talented blues vocalist, Hot Lips Page's premature passing left a large hole in the jazz world; virtually all musicians (no matter their style) loved him. (...) Page freelanced in Kansas City and in 1936 was one of the stars in Count Basie's orchestra but, shortly before Basie was discovered, Jose Glaser signed Hot Lips as a solo artist. Although Page's big band did alright in the late '30s (recording for Victor), if he had come east with Basie he would have become much more famous. Page was one of the top sidemen with Artie Shaw's orchestra during 1941-1942 and then mainly freelanced throughout the remainder of his career, recording with many all-star groups and always being a welcome fixture at jam sessions "

You Tube link


29. Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)



Points: 152.32
Voted by: Alex D (#10), Brad (#15), nicolas (#34), Henrik (#45), Miguel (#54)
Position in AM 3000: #931 of all time and #11 of the 1930s
Style: Vocal jazz

Written by Cab Calloway, Clarence Gaskill and Irving Mills in 1930, based on Frankie 'Half Pint' Jaxon's 1927 "Willie the Weeper", a song about drug addiction.
Recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra on March 3, 1931.
Released in 1931 by Brunswick Records.
Cab Calloway - Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song) / Doin' the Rhumba

Wikipedia: "Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi"). In performances, Calloway would have the audience participate by repeating each scat phrase in a form of call and response. Eventually Calloway's phrases would become so long and complex that the audience would laugh at their own failed attempts to repeat them."
Wikipedia: "The lyrics are heavily laden with drug references. "Smoky" is described as "cokey" meaning a user of cocaine; the phrase "kicking the gong around" was a slang reference to smoking opium."
Allmusic: "From one of the best all-around entertainers of the first half of the century, Cab Calloway's jive anthem "Minnie the Moocher" is one of the greatest novelty songs in history, surprisingly popular considering its taboo subject matter. In fact, if it wasn't for the jive slang he used to connote drug use in lines like "He took her down to Chinatown/And showed her how to kick the gong around," the song probably would have been censored."

You Tube link (great video!)


28. Body and Soul



Points: 156.48
Voted by: Brad (#3 for Sinatra version), nicolas (#14 for Hawkins version), sonofsamiam (#38 for Hawkins version), Honorio (#89 for Hawkins version)
Position in AM 3000: #1019 of all time and #15 of the 1940s
Style: Jazz

Written by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton (lyrics) and Johnny Green (music) in 1930, first hit version recorded by Paul Whiteman Orchestra with Jack Fulton on vocals (#1 in October 1930).
Recorded by Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra on October 11, 1939. Released in December 1939 on Bluebird label.
Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul / Fine Dinner

Recorded by Frank Sinatra on November 9, 1947 with arrangements by Alex Stordahl and featuring Bobby Hackett on trumpet.
Released on June 20, 1949 by Columbia Records opening the 10" album (or 78 rpm box) "Frankly Sentimental".
Frank Sinatra - Frankly Sentimental

According to Jazz Standards web page "Body and Soul" is the #1 jazz standard (allthough is second to Monk's "'Round Midnight" according other sources). Some comments from this page: "Although instantly popular, "Body and Soul" was banned from radio for nearly a year because of its suggestive lyrics, which leave little doubt as to their sexual nature. (...) Because of its complex chord progressions, “Body and Soul” remains a favorite of jazz musicians. The unusual changes in key and tempo are also highly attractive and provide a large degree of improvisational freedom. And finally, there is the bridge which William Zinnser calls "a bridge unlike any other. The first 4 bars are in the key that’s a half-tone above the home key... the next 4 bars are a half-tone below the home key.""
Wikipedia about Hawkins' version: "The recording is unusual in that the song's melody is never directly stated in the recording; Hawkins' two-choruses of improvisation on the tune's chord progression constitute almost the entire take."
Allmusic about Hawkins' version: "It's a shaded, detailed performance that expands the melody in unexpected, wonderful ways. In many ways, it was a forward-thinking performance -- it may not have anticipated bop, but the searching, lyrical phrases on Hawkins' solo wouldn't have sounded out of place in the hard bop of the '60s."

You Tube link (Coleman Hawkins version).
You Tube link (Frank Sinatra version).


27. Summertime



Points: 157.67
Voted by: Honorio (#11 for Gershwin opera version), Brad (#12 for Holiday version), Mindrocker (#23 for Holiday version and #41 for Bechet version), sonofsamiam (#95 for Holiday version)
Style: Classical jazz

Composed by George Gershwin in 1933-1935 for the opera "Porgy and Bess", with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward (author of the novel "Porgy").
Premiered on September 15, 1935 at the Colonial Theatre in Boston by an entirely African American cast conducted by Eva Jessye and with Anne Brown in the role of Bess. During the opening act Clara, portrayed by singer/actress Abbie Mitchell, sang "Summertime" as a lullaby to her baby.
The first recording from Todd Duncan and Anne Brown from the original cast took place in 1940 by Decca Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Smallens, being released as 78 rpm single including "Introduction" and later as a 78 rpm box called "Selections From George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy and Bess".
George Gershwin - Selections From George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy and Bess

Recorded by Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra on July 10, 1936 in New York City.
Released in August 1936 on Vocalion label.
Billie Holiday - Summertime / Billie's Blues

Recorded by Sidney Bechet Quintet on June 8, 1939 in New York City.
Released in 1939 on Blue Note label.
Port of Harlem Seven / Sidney Bechet Quintet - Pounding Heart Blues / Summertime

Wikipedia: "Without doubt... one of the finest songs the composer ever wrote....Gershwin's highly evocative writing brilliantly mixes elements of jazz and the song styles of blacks in the southeast United States from the early twentieth century."
Jazz Standards ("Summertime" is jazz standard #3 according to this page): " Gershwin was remarkably successful in his intent to have this sound like a folk song. This is reinforced by his extensive use of the pentatonic scale (C-D-E-G-A) in the context of the A minor tonality and a slow-moving harmonic progression that suggests a “blues.” Because of these factors, this tune has been a favorite of jazz performers for decades and can be done in a variety of tempos and styles. Many young players just beginning to learn improvisation often start with the pentatonic scale since it is nearly impossible to sound bad. For that reason, this is an excellent choice for the novice".
Jazz Standards about Bechet version: "Sidney Bechet's slow, blues-drenched take on "Summertime" is a standout performance of the tune and one of the most significant moments in Bechet’s storied career and in the early history of Blue Note Records "
Rockdelux: "Boston, 1935: fisrt black opera. History: "Summertime ans the living is easy". A violent passion, a drifting tragedy. Gershwin transcribing to music the sounds of life. A lullaby of hope and brightness. "Oh your daddy's rich and you ma is good lookin'".

You Tube link (opera version sung by Anne Brown)
You Tube link (Billie Holiday version)
You Tube link (Sidney Bechet version)


26. In the Mood



Points: 163.17
Voted by: Alex D (#7), Miguel (#23), Henrik (#29), Brad (#40), nicolas (#49), sonofsamiam (#99)
Position in AM 3000: #720 of all time and #4 of the 1930s
Style: Big band jazz

Written by Joe Garland and Andy Razaf, arranged by Glenn Miller, based on a theme written and recorded by Wingy Manone in 1930 as "Tar Paper Stomp".
Recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on August 1, 1939.
Released in September of 1939 on Bluebird label.
Glenn Miller - In the Mood / I Want to Be Happy

Wikipedia: "One of the best-known arrangements of the big band era. Miller's rendition topped the charts one year later. (...) It opens with a now-famous sax section theme, and is joined by trumpets and trombones after 13 counts. It has two main solo sections; a "tenor fight" solo - in the most famous recording, between Tex Beneke and Al Klink - and a 16-bar trumpet solo. It is also famous for its ending."
All About Jazz: "While many of his songs are classics, with "In the Mood" Miller gave the Swing Era its defining moment. With the possible exception of "Sing, Sing, Sing" it's the one big band song that everyone seems to know, and generally it's only Miller's original version that gets wide circulation. But it's also one of the best dance songs to emerge from the period, a bouncy fox trot that got the older people on the floor and appeased a younger crowd eager for killer-dillers. There was also the famous fade away section, which never seems to lose its element of suspense upon repeated listenings."

You Tube link


Happy New Year 2011!!!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 25-21

The Top 25

Here it is the Top 25, just in time for the new year.
My initial intention was to begin a new thread when I get to this point but, thinking again, I prefer to have the complete results in the same thread. I just hope that it won’t take forever to load with so much images.


25. La vie en rose



Points: 163.46
Voted by: Henrik (#12),Brad (#23), Honorio (#29), Miguel (#37), Mindrocker (#41), Charlie Driggs (#81), nicolas (#83)
Position in AM 3000: #843 of all time and #12 of the 1940s
Style: Chanson

Written by Édith Piaf (lyrics) and Louis 'Louiguy' Gugliemi (music) in 1945. The English lyrics were written in 1950 by Mack David.
"La vie en rose" is French for "Life trough rose-colored glasses", literally "Life in pink".
Recorded by Édith Piaf in 1946 with an orchestra conducted by Guy Luipaerts.
Released probably in 1947 by Columbia France.
Édith Piaf - La vie en rose / Un refrain courait dans la rue

Allmusic: "Her greatest strength wasn't so much her technique, or the purity of her voice, but the raw, passionate power of her singing. (...) Her style epitomized that of the classic French chanson: highly emotional, even melodramatic, with a wide, rapid vibrato that wrung every last drop of sentiment from a lyric. She preferred melancholy, mournful material, singing about heartache, tragedy, poverty, and the harsh reality of life on the streets; much of it was based to some degree on her real-life experiences, written specifically for her by an ever-shifting cast of songwriters."
Rockdelux: "The time of lilac. Clochards, accordions, the Seine in sepia. Forever love, one-night lovers. The last subway train. She wasn't an angel. With no regrets."

You Tube link (original 1946 studio version)
You Tube link (from the 1948 movie "Neuf garçons, un cœur" directed by Georges Friedland)


24. Limehouse Blues



Points: 152.32
Voted by: Fred (#1), nicolas (#7), Brad (#96)
Style: Jazz

Written by Philip Braham (music) and Dougllas Furber (lyrics) in 1921. It was premiered in 1921 on the West End revue "A to Z" sung by Teddie Gerard. The first instrumental recorded version was made by the Queen's Dance Orchestra conducted by Jack Hayton in 1922, but it had become a jazz standard with notable versions by Paul Whiteman (1924) or Duke Ellignton (1931).
Recorded by Le Quintette du Hot Club de France avec Django Reinhardt, guitare et Stéphane Grappelly, violon on May 4, 1936 at Gramophone Studios in Paris.
Released in 1936 by Brunswick Records.
Django Reinhardt - Limehouse Blues / Tea for Two

Jazz Standards: "Beginning in medieval times, the Limehouse area of London was an important port. Part of the area is the Limehouse Basin which connects the Thames River with the British canal system. In the late 19th century it became London’s Chinatown and was notorious for opium dens and illicit activities. (...) The tune's popularity over the years has been mostly as an instrumental, especially loved by jazz musicians. It’s easy to understand why, as the lyrics are very politically incorrect today and not particularly relevant. The last line sums up the tune's message: "rings on your fingers and tears on your crown, that is the story of Old Chinatown"."
Jazz Standards about Reinhardt & Grapelli version: "Though the feel is relaxed, the tempo on this performance is actually quite fast, which becomes apparent as violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt engage in burning solos."

You Tube link


23. Le sacre du printemps: Tableau II, Le sacrifice: Section VI, Danse sacrale – L'élue



Points: 169.91
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#2), Henrik (#4)
Style: Modern classical

Composed by Igor Stravisnky in 1912-1913 for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
Premiered on May 29, 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris conducted by Pierre Monteux under the Ballets Russes, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.
The translation to English of the original French title is "The Rite of Spring: Act II, The Sacrifice: Section 6, Sacrificial Dance - The Chosen Victim".
First recording by Grand Orchestre Symphonique conducted by Pierre Monteux, released in 1929 by Disque Gramophone.

Wikipedia: "Stravinsky's music is harmonically adventurous, with prominent use of dissonance for the purposes of color and musical energy. Rhythmically, it is similarly adventurous, a number of sections having constantly changing time signatures and off-beat accents. Stravinsky used asymmetrical rhythms, percussive dissonance, polyrhythms, polytonality, layering of ostinati (persistently repeated ideas) and melodic fragments to create complex webs of interactive lines, and is influenced by primitivism (specifically, West African tribal art). An example of primitivism can be seen on the opening of the final section, the "Sacrificial Dance"."
Keeping Score: "Changing meters, spasmodic rhythms and jarring chords mirror the Chosen One's desperate acrobatic dance moves. (...) The percussion and the low brass press on relentlessly as the Chosen One beats the ground in exhausted resignation. (...) The timpani and bass drum combine in an irregular pattern that mimics theg beating of the Chosen One's heart. The opening rhythmic figures return, but broken down and gasping as if they even are thoroughly worn-out In a final flourish, her neck snaps and the Chosen One is lifted to the heavens."
Anonymous comment on Keeping Score: "If you look closely at the final chord (which represents her body falling to the ground, as her spirit is lifted to the heavens) the chord in the bass, on the bottom of the score, spells D E A D. coincidence? with Igor Stravinsky, i doubt it very much."

You Tube link (danse sacrale: l'élue)
You Tube link (the beginning of Act II recreating the original Nijinsky choreography of 1913, parts 1-3)
You Tube link (final part of the Act II, parts 4-6)


22. Boogie Chillen'



Points: 170.35
Voted by: Fred (#14), nicolas (#17), Charlie Driggs (#25), sonofsamiam (#29), Henrik (#33), Honorio (#94)
Position in AM 3000: #346 of all time and #4 of the 1940s
Style: Detroit blues

Written by John Lee Hooker.
Recorded by John Lee Hooker in September of 1948 at United Sound Studios in Detroit.
Released on November 3, 1948 by Modern Records.
John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen' / Sally Mae

Wikipedia: "Hooker moved to Detroit in 1943, attracted by well-paying factory work. Taking up residence in Detroit's east side, he found a position as a janitor at Chrysler. After work, he would take in the sights and sounds of Hastings Street, the cultural center of the city's black community, called Paradise Valley. The scores of blues and jazz clubs, many of which Hooker would eventually play in, would influence the lyrics of "Boogie Chillen'"."
Allmusic: "The riff that launched a million songs, "Boogie Chillen" turned all the guitar players loose, each proffering their own brand of boogie after John Lee Hooker stormed to the top of the R&B charts with this crude little piece of Delta blues in 1948. The original was nothing more than Hooker, his electric guitar cranked right up, and his foot stomping away keeping the beat. Over a repeated monochord riff, Hooker made the original mold that all guitar players followed with."

You Tube link (the original 1948 version is not available on the web, this one comes from the mid 60s, the closest I found to the original one).


21. Moonlight Serenade



Points: 172.88
Voted by: Honorio (#9), Miguel (#11), Henrik (#11), Brad (#61)
Position in AM 3000: #1411 of all time and #22 of the 1930s
Style: Big band jazz

Written by Glenn Miller (music) in 1939 with subsequent lyrics by Mitchell Parish.
Recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on April 4, 1939.
Released in April of 1939 on RCA Bluebird label.
Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade / Sunrise Serenade

Wikipedia: "(Miller) realized that he needed to develop a unique sound, and decided to make the clarinet play a melodic line with a tenor saxophone holding the same note, while three other saxophones harmonized within a single octave. George Simon discovered a saxophonist named Wilbur Schwartz for Glenn Miller. Miller hired Schwartz, but instead had him play the lead clarinet. According to Simon, "Willie's tone and way of playing provided a fullness and richness so distinctive that none of the later Miller imitators could ever accurately reproduce the Miller sound." With this new sound combination, Glenn Miller found a way to differentiate his band's style from the many bands that existed in the late thirties."
Rockdelux: "Ballrooms, news from the Europe war, vintage films. The big band is in town. In the mood. Melodies of yesterday, now and forever. The Glenn Miller Orchestra: introducing the band."
My personal comments: "I don’t remember the exact reason why Miller had to rearrange the main melody for a lead clarinet (it was probably fictitious) but I remember a scene on the movie "The Glenn Miller Story" writing it in a hurry just before the premiere. Anyway it was a master move, the sound of clarinets and muted trumpets gave it a dreamy atmosphere, like the opening of a door getting you back in time, to an era where young couples in love danced slowly to the sound coming from an old radio."

You Tube link
You Tube link (that scene I partially remembered from the movie "The Glenn Miller Story" directed by Anthony Mann)

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 25-21

Wow. I just listened to songs 101-90 and they were, without exception, brilliant. "J'attendrai" in particular I thought was awesome. Many thanks to those who voted (It was a very small number of people I think, which makes the consistency of the list more astonishing), and to Honorio for excellent presentation and comments.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 20-16

Many thanks, Zorg

Great songs (again) in this section

20. The "Harry Lime" Theme



Points: 173.65
Voted by: Miguel (#37), Henrik (#12), Honorio (#29), Brad (#23)
Style: Soundtrack

Written by Anton Karas in 1949 (based on a melody from a practice book) for the soundtrack of the movie "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed.
Recorded by Anton Karas in 1949 in London Films Studios.
Premiered as soundtrack of the movie "The Third Man" on August 31, 1949.
First released in United Kingdom on September 2, 1949 on Decca label.
Anton Karas - The

US release on January 2, 1950 on London label as "The Third Man" Theme .
Anton Karas -

Wikipedia: "Karas was working as a zither player when director Carol Reed, during location scouting for the film, heard him playing in a beer garden. Reed wanted music that wasn't waltz but would be appropriate to the city of Vienna, in which the film was set, so he asked Karas if he would write and record the film's score. (...) Reluctant Karas was invited to London and lived with Reed while composing the score, and at that time was drawing a considerable salary of 30 GBP a week, plus 20 in pocket money, with expenses. The soundtrack was created in Korda's London Films Studios, and Karas, who was homesick most of the time, worked up to 14 hours a day for twelve weeks: He had not been a composer before, but a great performer, and added improvisations to his repertoire. Later, Karas would mention that Reed almost "kept him like a slave" when he wanted to go back to Vienna more than once. (...) The film, not least due to its music, turned into a gigantic success which changed Karas' life. As a result, he toured all over the world and performed for many celebrities, among them members of the British Royal family. (...) By the end of 1949, a half million copies of "The Harry Lime Theme" had been sold, an unprecedented amount for the time. The success of the score also caused a surge in zither sales."

You Tube link (original 1949 studio version)
You Tube link (a documentary showing Anton Karas playing zither)
You Tube link (the original intro of the movie featuring Karas music)


19. A Night in Tunisia



Points: 175.89
Voted by: Honorio (#6 for Parker version), Fred (#9 for Parker version), sonofsamiam (#22 for Gillespie version), Brad (#46 for Gillespie version)
Position in AM 3000: #2603 of all time and #48 of the 1940s (Gillespie version)
Style: Bebop

Written by Dizzy Gillespie in 1942 while he was playing with the Earl Hines band. Originally called "Night in Tunisia", also known as "Interlude" (under which title it was recorded with lyrics written by John Hendricks).
Recorded by Dizzy Gillespie Jazzmen (inluding Don Byas on sax and Milt Jackson on vibes) on Februray 22, 1946 at Electro Broadcast Studios in Glendale, California. Released in December of 1946 by RCA Victor Records.
The first recording by Gillespie was on December of 1944 as "Interlude" with Sarah Vaughan on vocals.

Recorded by Charlie Parker Septet (including Miles Davis on trumpet) on March 28, 1946 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California.
Released in May of 1946 by Dial Records.
Charlie Parker - A Night in Tunisia / Ornithology

Wikipedia: "The complex bass line in the "A section" is notable for avoiding the standard walking bass pattern of straight quarter notes, and the use of oscillating half-step-up/half-step-down chord changes gives the song a unique, mysterious feeling. Like many of Gillespie's tunes, it features a short written introduction and a brief interlude that occurs between solo sections - in this case, a twelve-bar sequence leading into a four-bar break for the next soloist. (...) One of its most famous performances is Charlie Parker's recording for Dial. (Dial even released a fragmentary take of it simply titled "The Famous Alto Break".)"
Jazz Standards quoting autobiography of Gillespie: "He was sitting at the piano playing chord progressions when he noticed the notes of the chords formed a melody with a Latin/oriental feel. Adding a bebop-style rhythm to the melody, Gillespie came up with “Night in Tunisia.” When played, this “mixture introduced a special kind of syncopation in the bass line,” a jazz pioneering step away from the traditional regular 4-beat bass. During the videotaped concert performance, “A Night in Tunisia,” Gillespie discusses how he composed this “anthem to bebop,” introducing Afro-Cuban rhythms to mainstream American jazz. He does concede, however, that “Manteca” was the “definitive breakaway from the old beat.”."
My personal comments: "Bebop. Every music style must generate a sub-style destined to avoid its trivialization and decadence. That was bebop for jazz. White audiences and musicians tempered the primitive pulse of original jazz. Bebop musicians returned the black to jazz, with jungle rhythmic patterns (Gillespie used Latin rhtyhms when he wrote "Night in Tunisia") and a wild and even arrogant velocity (listen to the demonically fast Parker "famous alto break" at 1'18")."

You Tube link (Charlie Parker version with the "famous alto break" at 1'20")
You Tube link (Dizzy Gillespie version)
You Tube link ("Interlude": Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra)


18. The Entertainer



Points: 187.30
Voted by: Miguel (#2), Honorio (#18 ),Henrik (#29), Mindrocker (#62), Brad (#65), nicolas (#89)
Position in AM 3000: #1611 of all time and #2 of the 1900s
Style: Ragtime

Written by Scott Joplin in 1902 (the copyright was registered on December of 1902 ).
Published by John Stark & Son of St. Louis, Missouri.
The adaptation of Marvin Hamlisch for piano and ragtime band reached the number 3 of Billboard as part of the soundtrack of the 1973 movie "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill.

Wikipedia: ""The Entertainer" is sub-titled "A rag time two step", which was a form of dance popular until about 1911, and a style which was common among rags written at the time."
Wikipedia: "In the June 7, 1903 St. Louis Globe-Democrat, contemporary composer Monroe H. Rosenfeld described "The Entertainer" as "the best and most euphonious" of Joplin's compositions to that point. "It is a jingling work of a very original character, embracing various strains of a retentive character which set the foot in spontaneous action and leave an indelible imprint on the tympanum"."

You Tube link (original piano version)
You Tube link (the opening credits of the movie "The Sting" with the Marvin Hamlisch adaptation for piano and ragtime band)


17. Move It On Over



Points: 187.46
Voted by: Miguel (#5), nicolas (#12), Henrik (#21), Honorio (#24)
Style: Honkytonk country

Written by Hank Williams in 1947.
Recorded by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys on April 21, 1947 at Castle Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Released on June 6, 1947 on MGM label.
Hank Williams - Move It On Over / (Last Night) I Heard You Cryin' in Your Sleep

Wikipedia: "The song follows a man who is forced to sleep in the doghouse after coming home late at night and not being allowed into his house by his wife."
Allmusic: "One of Williams' earliest compositions, "Move It On Over" feels a little lightweight, a song of style over substance, yet there’s no denying that it contains a lovely, very listener-friendly melody and a charming steel guitar line. One can't help comparing it to "Rock Around the Clock" and it's clear that Bill Haley took his template from the master of country music. "
Wikipedia: "The song is considered very influential to later rock and roll. The song's lightweight subject matter and composition very closely resemble that of "Rock Around the Clock," released five years later, which would go on to become the first hit rock and roll single."

You Tube link


16. Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground



Points: 190.60
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#4), Honorio (#14), nicolas (#30), Charlie Driggs (#36), Henrik (#50), Brad (#101)
Position in AM 3000: #2643 of all time and #37 of the 1920s
Style: Gospel blues

Written by Blind Willie Johnson in 1927.
Recorded by Blind Willie Johnson on December 23, 1927 in Dallas, Texas.
Released in April of 1928 by Columbia Records.
Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground / It's Nobody's Fault but Mine

Wikipedia: "The song is primarily an instrumental featuring Johnson's self-taught bottleneck slide guitar and picking style accompanied by his vocalizations of humming and moaning. It has the distinction of being one of 27 samples of music included on the Voyager Golden Record, launched into space in 1977 to represent the diversity of life on Earth. "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" was chosen as the human expression of loneliness (...) His melancholy, gravel-throated humming of the guitar part creates the impression of "unison moaning", a melodic style common in Baptist churches where, instead of harmonizing, a choir hums or sings the same vocal part, albeit with slight variations among its members. Although Johnson's vocals are indiscernible, several sources indicate the subject of the song is the crucifixion of Christ."
Carl Sagan about the reason to include it in the Voyager Golden Record as quoted on Wikipedia: "Johnson's song concerns a situation he faced many times: nightfall with no place to sleep. Since humans appeared on Earth, the shroud of night has yet to fall without touching a man or woman in the same plight."
Trueblueweaver as quoted on the following You Tube Link: "This is more than a song. Few songs pull from such a place so deep, you gotta know that when you hear it, thet it is every emotion and the absence of emotion... numb, desperation and sorrow, relief and content. It is what you are when you listen to it... it's not bues, not gospel, not even negro spiritual... it's human, it's alive."

You Tube link

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 20-16

This is just amazing work, thanks so much Honorio. The unpredicatbility of it is exciting, and I also think it was a good choice to bundle performances of songs together.

The only mystifying thing to me is "Move It on Over" beating out "Lost Highway" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". Maybe the horrible George Thorogood cover will forever taint my opinion of the song, but I'm still a little baffled. Guess I just prefer Forlorn Hank.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 20-16

Mmm, sonofsamiam, I'm guilty for that too, I put "Move It on Over" over those two (great) songs. By the way, some days ago I saw on TV the great documentary about Dylan "Don't Look Back" and there is a scene in a hotel room where Dylan, Joan Baez and Alan Price (from The Animals) sang in a loose and relaxed way "Lost Highway" and "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry". It was refreshin' to see those (then) young musicians paying an honest tribute to one of their heroes. It was clear that Dylan in 1965 knew pefectly where he was going but also from where he came.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 20-16

Sorry, "he knew perfectly where he was going to but also where he came from", I think it’s better like that…

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 15-11

15. 'Round About Midnight



Points: 192.19
Voted by: Alex D (#1), Honorio (#17), sonofsamiam (#18 ), Brad (#83), Miguel (#85)
Position in AM 3000: #335 of all time and #3 of the 1940s
Style: Bop

Written by Thelonious Monk probably in 1940 or 1941 (some sources date it in 1936 when Monk was 18 years old under the name "Grand Finale"). The first recording was made by Cootie Williams and His Orchestra in 1944 (receiving credits as co-author). On 1949 lyrics penned by Bernie Hannighen were added and the vocal version was first recorded by Jackie Paris.
The original title is "'Round About Midnight" but it' most commonly called "'Round Midnight" (even in Monk releases).
Recorded by the Thelonious Monk Quintet on November 21, 1947 at WOR Studios in New York.
Released in 1948 on Blue Note label.
Thelonious Monk - 'Round About Midnight / Well You Needn't

Jazz Standards: ""Round Midnight" is Thelonious Monk's best-known jazz composition and carries the grand distinction of being the most-recorded jazz standard written by any jazz musician. (...) In 1946, Dizzy Gillespie added his famous introduction and cadenza for his big band arrangement, which proved so popular that Monk added it (albeit an altered version) to his own performance... It is now a standard part of the song. (...) Miles Davis' performance at Newport in 1955 and his subsequent recording played a large part in introducing this song to the jazz public at large. One critic has called it the "National Anthem of Jazz". (...) "'Round Midnight" is best characterized as a "darkly beautiful" ballad with an "after-hours" feel that manages to sound fresh and original decade after decade. Its haunting overtones are nearly tangible."

You Tube link (original Monk version for Blue Note)
You Tube link (first vocal version by Jackie Paris)


14. Take the "A" Train



Points: 196.30
Voted by: Brad (#4), sonofsamiam (#8 ), Henrik (#25), Miguel (#41), Honorio (#79)
Position in AM 3000: #448 of all time and #7 of the 1940s
Style: Big band jazz

Written by Billy Strayhorn in 1938. Billy wrote lyrics for the tune but it was recorded as an instrumental, later a young girl called Joya Sherrill (who was 17 years-old in 1943) wrote some lyrics while the song played on the radio. After a meeting with her father, Ellington hired Joya as a vocalist and adopted her lyrics.
Recorded by Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra on February 15, 1941at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
Released in April of 1941 on Victor label.
Duke Ellington - Take the

Wikipedia: "The title refers to the A subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using the express tracks in Manhattan. (...) "Take the 'A' Train" was composed in 1938, after Ellington offered Strayhorn a job in his organization and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, "Take the A Train"."
Jazz Standards: "Due to an ASCAP strike Ellington could not air his compositions, so he enrolled the help of Strayhorn and Mercer Ellington, his son, neither of whom belonged to ASCAP. Ellington's dilemma turned out to be a great opportunity for both Strayhorn and young Ellington. Neither musician squandered his fortunate circumstance. (...) That 1941 recording of "Take the 'A' Train" may be considered definitive. Duke Ellington plays solo piano for the four bar introduction and then the A-A-B-A form is repeated three times. The first time the saxophones lead with support from the trumpets and trombones, then Ray Nance (on muted trumpet) leads, and after a four-bar transition and corresponding change of key, the saxophones and Nance (on open trumpet) take turns improvising on the theme, finally closing with fading repetitions of the last eight bars. (...) Nance's solo on "Take the 'A' Train" was so integral to the composition that he repeated it nightly verbatim. When he left in 1965, Cootie Williams continued playing Nance's solo."

You Tube link (original 1941 studio version)
You Tube link (a vocal version from the 1943 movie "Reveille with Beverly" Dizzy Gillespie version)
You Tube link ("Interlude": Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra)


13. Boléro



Points: 200.51
Voted by: Henrik (#7), Miguel (#9), Mindrocker (#10), Honorio (#42), nicolas (#92)
Style: Modern classical

Composed by Maurice Ravel in 1928, commissioned by Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein for a ballet. It was inspired by his own orchestral transcription of "Iberia", a piano suite by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz.
Premiered on November 22, 1928 at the Paris Opéra with the orchestra conducted by Walther Straram and with choreography by Bronislava Nijinska.
The first recording was made on January 8, 1930 by Piero Coppola in Paris for the Gramophone Company. The very next day Ravel made his own recording for Polydor, conducting the Lamoureux Orchestra.

Wikipedia: "Boléro became Ravel's most famous composition, much to the surprise of the composer, who had predicted that most orchestras would refuse to play it. It is usually played as a purely orchestral work, only rarely being staged as a ballet. According to a possibly apocryphal story, at the premiere a woman shouted that Ravel was mad. When told about this, Ravel smiled and remarked that she had understood the piece."
Wikipedia: "The music is built over an unchanging ostinato rhythm played on one or more snare drums that remains constant throughout the piece. On top of this rhythm is repeated a single theme, consisting of two eighteen-bar sections, each itself repeated twice. Tension is provided by the contrast between the steady percussive rhythm, and the "expressive vocal melody trying to break free". Interest is maintained by constant reorchestration of the theme, leading to a variety of timbres, and by a steady crescendo."
Wikipedia: "(Ravel) considered (Boléro) trivial and once described it as "a piece for orchestra without music"."
Quote from the movie "10", written and directed by Blake Edwards:
"Jenny Hanley (played by Bo Derek): "I like different music for different things. I like to listen to rock, I like to dance to jazz..."
George Webber (played by Dudley Moore): "What do you like to do to Prokofiev?"
Jenny: "Fuck... Not Prokofiev, Ravel. Did you ever do it to Ravel's Boléro?"
George: "No"
(...)
Jenny: "(...) Boléro was the most descriptive sex music ever written."

You Tube link (Part 1)
You Tube link (Part 2)
You Tube link (that scene from the Blake Edward's movie "10")


12. Caravan



Points: 202.07
Voted by: Honorio (#16), Mindrocker (#22), Henrik (#23), Fred (#25), Charlie Driggs (#35), nicolas (#38 ), Miguel (#77), sonofsamiam (#83), Brad (#87), this was the song with more voters (n=9)
Style: Jazz

Written by Juan Tizol in 1936, with arrangements by Duke Ellington (that is sometimes credited as composer) and lyrics by Irving Mills. Ellington as quoted in Jazz Standards: "... that’s one of those things Tizol came up with. See, it wasn’t in tempo, he stood [and played it] sort of ad lib. He played it, [the] first ten bars, we took it and worked out the rest of it."
Recorded by Barney Bigard and His Jazzopaters on December 19, 1936 at Associated Cinema Studios in Hollywood, California. The band members were Cootie Williams (trumpet), Juan Tizol (trombone), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Harry Carney (baritone sax), Duke Ellington (piano), Billy Taylor (bass) and Sonny Greer (drums). Since that band was a side-group with musicians from the Ellington Orchestra this recording is usually credited to Duke Ellington in compilations.
Released in April 1937 on Variety label.
Barney Bigard - Caravan / Stompy Jones

Re-recorded by Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra on May 14, 1937 at Master Records Studio in New York
Released in June 1937 on Brunswick label.

Wikipedia: "The song is variously seen as the first Latin jazz song or as a Mideastern-influenced jazz song. Its exotic sound interested exotica musicians: Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman both covered it.."
Jazz Standards: "Ellington's arrangement of "Caravan" makes the song. Starting in a minor key and performed with a Middle Eastern beat, the music creates an exotic atmosphere, all the while conjuring up such elements as camels, tents and the desert. For those imagining a hot and dusty day in the caravan trade, Irving Mills' lyrics provide a significant course correction, relating intrigue and romance as two lovers travel beneath the stars."
Three Perfect Minutes: "The melody for "Caravan", one of Duke Ellington's most enduring standards, started off as an improvisation by trombonist Juan Tizol. Ellington would have a big hit in 1937 with his second recording of the song, a full-orchestra arrangement. To my ears, though, the song's first recording at a small group session in December 1936, has yet to be surpassed. Recording under the name of Ellington’s clarinetist, Barney Bigard, the band plays with incredible unity, stating and repeating the exotic theme vividly throughout. The solos are crisp and exciting. Tizol goes first, giving a sultry performance that builds anticipation slowly then speeds things up even as it retains a cautious air of danger. Cootie Williams' "jungle" style muted trumpet then interrupts with a growl, followed by Harry Carney's fluid baritone sax and Bigard’s wailing clarinet. Bigard's solo is the song's emotional high-point, after which it recedes back into the main theme and quickly fades back into the night from which it came."

You Tube link (Ellington's Orchestra 1937 version, shamely the 1936 original is not available on You Tube)


11. This Land Is Your Land



Points: 206.08
Voted by: Alex D (#8 ), Charlie Driggs (#12), Honorio (#13), Fred (#16), sonofsamiam (#80)
Position in AM 3000: #165 of all time and #2 of the 1940s
Style: Folk

Written by Woody Guthrie (lyrics) in 1940 based on a previous melody (according to Wikipedia ""Oh, My Loving Brother", a Baptist gospel hymn that had been recorded by the Carter Family as "When the World's On Fire"").
Recorded by Woody Guthrie on April 25, 1944 recorded and produced by Moses Asch. There was a previous recording from March 1944 with an additional verse more overtly political, not released till 1997.
There is controversy about the first release, it seems that it was released as a single in 1947 by Asch Records but it can't be found on any of the 78 rpm Asch Records singles discography on the web. Probably the first proper release was in 1951 as part of the 10" compilation LP Songs to Grow On, Vol. 3: American Work Songs

Wikipedia: "Its lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 based on an existing melody, in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" (#40 in our list), which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. Tired of hearing Kate Smith sing it on the radio, he wrote a response originally called "God Blessed America for Me". Guthrie varied the lyrics over time, sometimes including more overtly political verses than appear in recordings or publications."
The additional fourth verse:
"There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
This land was made for you and me."
Allmusic: "So what can one say about what has been called the greatest American folk song ever written? Perhaps you could bring up the fact that the success of "This Land Is Your Land," Woody Guthrie's most famous composition, was drenched in an irony that made even the then-dying Guthrie wretch. (...) At a time when Irving Berlin's patriotic proclamation attempted to reassure an American public deeply affected by the Great Depression, Guthrie reportedly resented the idea of relying on the blessing of a higher power that had seemingly allowed the American people to be exploited and victimized by landowners and factory bosses. The song's final three verses, conveniently removed from the average music-class songbook, echo this theme. (...) Though there are no actual recordings by Guthrie of the complete song (though a recording does exist with the "private property" verse), it is important for any musical scholar to note their existence -- it just might shed light on Guthrie's true intentions. This is a dead-serious, sorrow-filled protest song, a true crying out from a people that were suddenly beginning to question the validity of the American Dream. And while Guthrie's lyrics make no attempt to water down the unbearable hardship, he nonetheless concludes with a quite uncharacteristic twist of optimism ("nobody living can ever stop me/as I go walking/that freedom highway"). Thus, even as the song's character experiences wretched hardships and bitter poverty, he rises up and refuses to be defeated (quite a thematic difference from the glorified tolerance found in "God Bless America."). And though this "complete" version of the song may never be entered in any squeaky-clean Americana music books, it remains a true and bold reflection, a battle cry and tribute to the brave and dedicated Americans who retained their spirits during one of the most outrageously difficult times in U.S. history. Make no mistake -- "This Land Is Your Land" is the best song Woody Guthrie ever wrote. And that's saying something."

You Tube link
You Tube link (the earlier version with the additional fourth verse).

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 15-11

WOW, some heavy hitters in that group! Any of those could have been Top 10 and I wouldn't have been at all surprised.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 10-8

You’re right, sonofsamiam, every song in the 15-11 positions deserve to be in the Top 10. And talking about that, here it is...

The Top 10

Here we are with a fantastic and quite unpredictable Top 10, with only four of the songs included on AM Top 3000.


10. Goodnight Irene



Points: 210.63
Voted by: nicolas (#1), Honorio (#12), Fred (#24), Charlie Driggs (#61), sonofsamiam (#66), Miguel (#83)
Position in AM 3000: #941 of all time and #12 of the 1930s
Style: Folk-blues

Adapted by Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter from a 1908 tune that, according to Wikipedia, Leadbelly "claimed to have learned from his uncle Terell. An 1886 song by Gussie L. Davis has several lyrical and structural similarities to the latter song, however no information on its melody has survived. Some evidence suggests the 1886 song was itself based on an even earlier song which has not survived. Regardless of where he first heard it, however, by the 1930s Lead Belly had made the song his own, modifying the rhythm and rewriting most of the verses."
Called also "Irene" and "Irene, Goodnight"
Recorded by Leadbelly in 1934 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (while Huddie was imprisoned), recording made by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress. He recorded it again in 1943 and in 1948 for Moses Asch.
Released in 1943 on Asch Records as "Irene".
Leadbelly - (Goodnight) Irene / Ain't You Glad

Wikipedia: "The lyrics tell of the singer's troubled past with his love, Irene, and express his sadness and frustration. Several verses make explicit reference to suicidal fantasies, most famously in the line "sometimes I take a great notion to jump in the river and drown," which was the inspiration for the 1964 Ken Kesey novel Sometimes a Great Notion. (...) In 1950, one year after Leadbelly's death, the American folk band The Weavers recorded a version of "Goodnight, Irene". The single first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on June 30, 1950 and lasted 25 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1. Although generally faithful, the Weavers chose to omit some of Leadbelly's more controversial lyrics, leading Time magazine to label it a "dehydrated" and "prettied up" version of the original."
Allmusic: "Though Leadbelly did not live to see the song he had popularized with local folk audiences become a national hit, it is nonetheless his version that several listeners and musicologists regard as the definitive recording. It's not especially hard to see why--there are very few performers who could ever play a sadder song than Ledbetter's "Irene," whether it be his low humming 12-string, his sorrowful lyrics ("Sometimes I live in the country/sometimes I live in town/sometimes I have the great notion/to jump in the river and drown") or his anguished vocal moans. The deep-rooted style Ledbetter displays in "Irene"--pounding rhythm, catchy refrain and melodramatic phrases--served as a notable influence and musical norm for countless artists of the 1960s folk revival movement."

You Tube link (1934 version for Library of Congress)
You Tube link (1943 version for Asch Records with harmonica by Sonny Terry)
You Tube link (excerpt from a 1935 March of Time newsreel (produced by Time magazine) which re-enacts Leadbelly's release from Angola Prison, Louisiana)


9. Sing, Sing, Sing



Points: 233.00
Voted by: Alex D (#2), Brad (#9), Fred (#21), sonofsamiam (#26), Henrik (#38 )
Position in AM 3000: #790 of all time and #7 of the 1930s
Style: Big band jazz

Written by Louis Prima in 1936, first recorded by Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang in March 1936. Also called "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)".
Recorded by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra on July 6, 1937 in Hollywood, California.
Released in August of 1937 on Victor label (given the unusual length of the version -8'42"- it took both sides of a 12" 78 rpm single).
Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing (Parts 1 & 2)

Benny Goodman as quoted by Wikipedia: "'Sing, Sing, Sing' (which we started doing back at the Palomar on our second trip there in 1936) was a big thing, and no one-nighter was complete without it"
Wikipedia: "Goodman's solo is more introspective in the Carnegie performance, with a wider range of dynamics and colors, with Krupa playing a pulsating tom-tom accompaniment accented on the third beat of the measure behind BG for the first half of the solo, while Jess Stacy inserts minor-chord punctuations. Goodman's solo evolves to a driving 'four' feel before quietly transitioning into Stacy's famous solo. Stacy's solo is exceptional, a four-chorus, chromatic impressionistic masterpiece distinct from everything that preceded it. That solo has been widely analyzed by pianists both jazz and classical."
Three Perfect Minutes: "Right from the start, Gene Krupa’s drums command the listener’s attention with a propulsive intro. As the rest of the band joins in, it turns into an enjoyable, fairly straight-forward swing number with excellent arrangement by Jimmy Mundy and a hot clarinet solo by Goodman. But Krupa’s drums never go away; underneath the melody, he’s still banging out that rhythm like a man possessed, and when all of the other instruments suddenly disappear just before the two-minute mark, you realize that this is not going to be your average swing number after all. Those drums are unstoppable, and every time the orchestra stops, Krupa bangs and bangs until he summons them back, sometimes en masse and sometimes one instrument at a time. (...) Especially thrilling, though, are the full-orchestra moments in the second half, where the band seems to be rushing recklessly forward, barely able to control itself, pushed forward by that incessant drum beat. When the song finally comes to a sudden end, if you’ve been paying attention, you should find yourself out of breath!"

You Tube link (original 1937 studio version)
You Tube link (1938 famous Carnegie Hall performance)


8. Where Did You Sleep Last Night



Points: 236.83
Voted by: Alex D (#4), nicolas (#13), Henrik (#15), sonofsamiam (#23), Brad (#42), Honorio (#63), Mindrocker (#91)
Position in AM 3000: #2462 of all time (for Nirvana cover)
Style: Folk-blues

Traditional American folk song of unknown author which dates back to at least the 1870s, and is believed to be Southern Appalachian in origin. The first printed version of the song, compiled by Cecil Sharp, appeared in 1917 and the first recording onto phonograph cylinder dates from 1925.
Also called "Black Gal" and "In the Pines"
Recorded by Leadbelly in February 1944 in New York City for Musicraft Records. He recorded it later (probably in 1947) for Moses Asch in New York City.
Released in 1944 on Musicraft Records as "Where Did You Sleep Last Night".

Wikipedia: "Starting in 1926, commercial recordings of the song were done by various folk and bluegrass bands. In a 1970 dissertation, Judith McCulloh found 160 permutations of the song. As well as rearrangement of the three frequent elements, the person who goes into the pines, or who is decapitated, is described as a man, woman, adolescent, husband, wife, or parent, while the pines can be seen as representing sexuality, death, or loneliness. The train is described as killing a loved one, as taking one's beloved away, or as leaving an itinerant worker far from home. (...) In variants in which the song describes a confrontation, the person being challenged is always a woman. (...) The theme of a woman being caught doing something she should not is thus also common to many variants."
Wikipedia: "A live rendition by the American grunge band Nirvana, which reinterpreted Lead Belly's version and was recorded during their MTV Unplugged performance in 1993, helped introduce the song to new generations."

You Tube link (original 1944 version)
You Tube link (the acclaimed Nirvana cover)

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 7-6

7. The Mooche



Points: 256.39
Voted by: Mindrocker (#1), Brad (#2), Fred (#19), Honorio (#34), nicolas (#97)
Style: Jungle jazz

Written by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills in 1928.
Recorded by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Baby Cox on vocals on October 1, 1928 at Union Square, 11 in New York City for Okeh Records. Ellington went on to record that same October of 1928 another three instrumental versions with different musicians that were released by three different record companies! The recording made on October 17, 1928 was released by Brunswick Records in November 1928, the one made on October 19, 1928 was released by Pathé Records in December 1928 and the one recorded on October 30, 1928 with His Cotton Club Orchestra was released by Victor Records in February 1929.
First version released in November 1928 by Okeh Records.
Duke Ellington - The Mooche / Hot and Bothered

Wikipedia: "Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category". These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz. He often composed specifically for the style and skills of these individuals, such as "Jeep's Blues" for Johnny Hodges, "Concerto for Cootie" for Cootie Williams (...) and "The Mooche" for Tricky San Nanton and Bubber Miley."
Wikipedia: "Nanton was one of the great pioneers of the plunger mute. Together with his musical soulmate Bubber Miley on trumpet, Nanton is largely responsible for creating the characteristic Wah-wah sounds copied by many later brass soloists in the swing era. Their highly expressive growl and plunger sounds were the main ingredient in the band's famous “jungle” sound that evolved during the band's late 1920s engagement at Harlem's "Cotton Club". (...) While other brass players became adept at growl and plunger techniques, Nanton's sound was all his own. He developed, in addition to other tricks in his bag, an astonishing "ya-ya" sound with the plunger mute. Like a chef zealously guarding the recipe of a sensational dish, Nanton kept the details of his technique a secret, even from his band mates, until his premature death. "
Jazz.com: "In an era in which jazz was increasingly focusing on virtuoso soloists, Bubber Miley remained true to King Oliver's philosophy that emphasized the quality of sound rather than the multiplicity of notes. With his arsenal of bends, moans, whimpers and growls, Miley could turn even the simplest melody into a deeply personal statement. Ellington, who always knew how to write to his band members' strengths, contributes one of his finest compositions of the decade."
Mog: "Duke Ellington was always experimenting with composition. In this one, "The Mooche" made use, for the first time, the use of the human voice as another instrumental coloring to the already full orchestral pallette. Baby Cox was the vocalist on two record sessions. As with many shadowy characters in jazz, nothing is known about when she was born or died, what her life was like before and after the sessions. All that is known is her fabulously witchy sounding vocal which mimics the growl sound of the trumpet yet has more emotion behind the melodic line."

You Tube link (October 1, 1928 version with Baby Cox on vocals)
You Tube link (October 30, 1928 version with the Cotton Club Orchestra)


6. Over the Rainbow



Points: 284.69
Voted by: Honorio (#3), Charlie Driggs (#4), Miguel (#17), Fred (#22), Henrik (#23 ), sonofsamiam (#50), Brad (#100),
Position in AM 3000: #366 of all time and #3 of the 1930s
Style: Soundtrack

Written by Harold Arlen (music) and EY Harburg (lyrics) in 1939 for the movie "The Wizard of Oz" directed by Victor Fleming. The working title was "Over the Rainbow Is Where I Want to Be". Also called "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
Recorded by Judy Garland on October 7, 1938 (when she was 16 years old) at MGM Soundstages with arrangements by Murray Cutter (soundtrack version). She recorded it again with Victor Young and his Orchestra on July 28, 1939 for Decca Records (single version).
Soundtrack version premiered on August 12, 1939 at Oconomowok, Wisconsin (movie premiere). The first discographic release was in 1956 on MGM label.
Single version released in September of 1939 on Decca label as a single and in March 1940 as part of a 78 rpm box set as "The Wizard of Oz".
Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow / The Jitterbug

Wikipedia: "In the film, part of the song is played by the MGM orchestra over the opening credits. About 5 minutes later, Garland, in the role of Dorothy Gale, sings "Over the Rainbow" after (...) Dorothy's Aunt Em tells her to "find a place where you won't get yourself into any trouble", prompting the girl to walk off by herself and sing the song. The famous sequence itself, as well as the entirety of the Kansas scenes, was directed (though uncredited) by King Vidor."
Songfacts: "Harold Arlen came up with the melody while sitting in his car in front of the original Schwab's Drug Store in Hollywood. Harburg hated it at first because he thought it was too slow. After Arlen consulted with Ira Gershwin, he sped up the tempo and Harburg came up with the words."
Wikipedia: "The song was initially deleted from the film after a preview, because MGM chief executive Louis B. Mayer thought the song "slowed down the picture" and that "our star sings it in a barnyard"."
Wikipedia: "The song is number one of the "Songs of the Century" list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The American Film Institute also ranked "Over the Rainbow" the greatest movie song of all time on the list of "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs"."
My personal comments: "Yes, I know, it's a children's song, a lullaby. But, since my first conscious exposition to it was a part of the stage show "Flowers" directed by Lindsay Kemp (that I saw in 1980 when I was 14 years old) where it was sung by a blind black drag-queen dressed in rags (played by Jack Birkett) and surrounded by transvestites, whores and pimps, the song despite its naivete and sweetness always comes to me as twisted and bizarre. And that’s what it’s not. Or maybe yes? Maybe there is no innocence without perversion?"

You Tube link (original 1939 single version)
You Tube link (original 1938 soundtrack version)
You Tube link (the Jack Birkett version is not available on You Tube but this is a clip with pictures from the stage show "Flowers" by the Lindsay Kemp Company)

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 5-4

5. Clair de lune



Points: 317.59
Voted by: Henrik (#2), sonofsamiam (#3), Fred (#4), Alex D (#16), Honorio (#36)
Style: Classical

Composed by Claude Debussy in 1905 as the third movement of the Suite Bergamasque for piano (according to Wikipedia "Debussy commenced the suite in 1890 at age 28, but he did not finish or publish it until 1905, when he was 43").
"Clair de lune" is French for "Moonlight"
First published in 1905 , I haven’t found information about the premiere or the first recording.

Allmusic: "It is difficult to establish an appropriate chronological place for Claude Debussy's Suite Bergamasque within his output. He originally composed the piece in 1890, but it was not published until 1905, and the extent to which he revised it during the interval is unclear. Certainly the published work is a great stylistic advance over the few short piano works which preceded it during the late 1880s and early 1890s, but whether that advance is due to an early maturity or to much later alteration will perhaps always elude historians."
Wikipedia: "The third and most famous movement of Suite bergamasque is "Clair de lune" (...) Its name comes from Paul Verlaine's poem of the same name which also refers to 'bergamasques' in its opening stanza: "Votre âme est un paysage choisi / Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques / Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi / Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques!". ("Your soul is a chosen landscape / charmed by masquers and revellers / playing the lute and dancing and almost / sad beneath their fanciful disguises!")"
Jazz.com: " Clair de lune is perhaps the most famous work Debussy ever penned. Although Debussy's reliance on left-hand arpeggios throughout the piece can lead to a somewhat mechanical effect in the hands of less skilled performers, Clair de lune has a way of drawing the listener into its magical atmosphere. Particularly striking are the opening gestures, still and quiet, and a passage in parallel octaves that connects the opening to the more active middle-section."

You Tube link


4. St. James Infirmary



Points: 284.69
Voted by: Fred (#7), sonofsamiam (#9), Brad (#11), Henrik (#13), Charlie Driggs (#15), Mindrocker (#15 for Ellington version), Honorio (#15), Miguel (#100), everyone except Mindrocker chose Armstrong version.
Style: Vocal jazz

American folk song of anonymous writer, though sometimes credited to songwriter Joe Primrose (a pseudonym for Irving Mills).
Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five on December 12, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois.
Released in February of 1929 on Okeh label.
Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary / Save It Pretty Mama

Recorded by the Ten Black Berries on January 29, 1930 in New York City. Ten Black Berries was a short-lived side band of the Duke Ellington Orchestra that consisted in Irving Mills singing backed by those great musicians including Duke Ellington on piano.
Released in 1930 on Oriole label.
Duke Ellington - St. James Infirmary Blues / Rent Party Blues

Wikipedia: ""St. James Infirmary Blues" is based on an 18th century traditional English folk song called "The Unfortunate Rake" (...) about a sailor who uses his money on prostitutes, and then dies of a venereal disease. Different versions of the song expand on this theme, variations typically feature a narrator telling the story of a youth "cut down in his prime" (occasionally "her prime") as a result of some morally questionable actions. (...) The title is derived from St. James Hospital in London, a religious foundation for the treatment of leprosy. It was closed in 1532 when Henry VIII acquired the land to build St. James Palace."
Wikipedia: "The song involves a man telling the singer/narrator, at a bar, how he went down to St. James Infirmary (hospital) and tragically found his girl (the so-called "baby") dead. (...) Like most such folksongs, there is much variation in the lyrics from one version to another. As a representative version, here is the first stanza as sung by Louis Armstrong: "I went down to St. James Infirmary / Saw my baby there / Set down on a long white table / So sweet, so cold, so fair / Let her go, let her go, God bless her / Wherever she may be / She can look this wide world over / She'll never find a sweet man like me."
Allmusic: "One of Louis Armstrong's most instantly recognisable pieces, "St. James Infirmary" is a bone fide classic, a song which the artist would perform for the rest of his career. His original, recorded with Earl Hines in 1928 is undoubtedly the finest version on record, still sounding vibrant, alive and full of inspiration. The music moves at a stately pace, reminding one the music at a New Orleans jazz funeral. Armstrong's trumpet is powerful and simple, and does not attempt any of the burst of notes that characterise many of the recordings of this period. Louis' vocal is also assured, and he sings it with a masterful grasp of phrasing and subtlety. One of Armstrong's finest recordings."

You Tube link (original 1928 Louis Armstrong version)
You Tube link (original 1930 Ten Black Berries version)

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 3-2

3. Ромео и Джульетта: Танец рыцарей
(Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights / Montagues and Capulets)




Points: 381.86
Voted by: Henrik (#1), Honorio (#1), nicolas (#11), Fred (#12 for the André Previn version), Brad (#17), Miguel (#20), sonofsamiam (#92)
Style: Modern classical

Composed by Sergey Prokofiev in 1935 on commission by the Kirov Ballet as a ballet called Ромео и Джульетта (Russian for "Romeo and Juliet") based on William Shakespeare's play . The piece "Танец рыцарей" (Russian for "Dance of the Knights") appeared on Act 1, Scene 2, Number 13 of the original ballet.
Prokofiev extracted music for the ballet for two orchestral suites in 1936, and "Montagues and Capulets" was the first movement of the Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64ter .
The premiere of the Suite No. 2 suite was held in Leningrad in 1937 . The full ballet was finally premiered in Brno, Czechoslovakia on December 30, 1938 . The first Russian premiere (after a significant revision) was in Leningrad on January 11, 1940.

Lovelives: "It is perhaps hard to imagine that Romeo and Juliet, arguably the most popular ballet for the twentieth century, has never been performed as the composer intended. Prokofiev endured five years of artistic and political interference before seeing the ballet premiered. (...) Prokofiev conceived the ballet in 1935 in collaboration with innovative Soviet dramatist Sergei Radlov, who re-imagined the familiar tragedy “as a struggle for the right to love by young, strong, and progressive people battling against feudal traditions and feudal outlooks on marriage and family.” Prokofiev then set down to work, creating a score that involved transcendence, not tragedy (...) What followed has no parallel in ballet history. The artistic climate in Stalin’s Russia darkened: in dance, music, and drama, timidly conservative neoclassicism supplanted exciting, accessible innovation. Not only was Prokofiev forced to rewrite the ending of the ballet – replacing the entire fourth act with an epilogue, he was forced to insert large-scale solo dances breaking up the dramatic flow. The Kirov Theater dancers complained about the difficulty of the rhythms; the original choreographer, Leonid Lavrovsky, insisted on a thickening of the orchestration. As the demands piled up, Prokofiev became increasingly frustrated, but each time, he complied with them. The ballet received its Russian premiere in 1940. When Prokofiev saw it, he had a hard time recognizing his own music."
Allmusic: "Montagues and Capulets (...) begins with a gradually layered brass chord that results in a crushing dissonance soon resolved into soft string chords, all of which represents the conflict between Romeo's family and Juliet's. The sequence is repeated once, then goes straight into what in the full ballet is called Dance of the Knights; this is the heavy, snarling, angular march-like music to which the macho Capulet men dance at their masked ball. This contrasts with a delicate, somewhat unsettling minor-mode woodwind minuet for Juliet and her suitor, the young nobleman Paris. The knights' music returns, again exploiting the orchestra's lowest registers."
Wikipedia: "A dark and atmospheric piece, it has become a de facto signature tune for the Soviet era, and is used as the soundtrack for numerous dramas, documentaries and adverts that have Soviet subject matter".
My personal comments: "The introduction of the piece "Montagues and Capulets" from the "Romeo and Juliet" Suite for Orchestra (not on the "Dance of the Knights" of the original music for the ballet) builds from silence climaxing quickly into an impressive disonant orchestral chord. A friend of mine used to say that this chord "contain all the music in the world". Maybe he was true but for me the real highlight is that dramatic ascending and descending melody played by the string section over an ominous march rhythm sustained by the double basses and horns. The sounds of the tragedy."

You Tube link ("Montagues and Capulets" from the orchestral suite with that intro)
You Tube link ("Dance of the Knights" from the ballet music)


2. Rhapsody in Blue



Points: 393.09
Voted by: Brad (#1), sonofsamiam (#6), Fred (#10), Miguel (#13), Alex D (#13), Charlie Driggs (#20 for Paul Whiteman Orchestra version), Henrik (#35), Honorio (#43).
Style: Classical jazz

Composed by George Gershwin on 1924 for piano and jazz band, orchestrated by Ferde Grofé (that also made a version for larger orchestra in 1942 that it’s now the most commonly performed).
Premiered on February 12, 1924 at Aeolian Hall in New York in a concert entitled An Experiment in Modern Music by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra with George Gershwin on piano.
The first recording was made by George Gershwin with Paul Whiteman Orchestra on June 10, 1924 and released on two sides in 1924 on Victor label.

Allmusic: "Toward the end of 1923, popular bandleader Paul Whiteman asked Gershwin if he'd consider writing a jazz concerto for his orchestra. Grshwin informally agreed to do so and returned to his regular beat of writing songs for Broadway shows. Imagine Gershwin's surprise on January 4, 1924, when his brother Ira brought along that day's edition of the New York Evening Herald, wherein Whiteman announced that George's jazz concerto was to be premiered at a program at New York's Aeolian Hall entitled "An Experiment in Modern Music" on February 12. This was barely more than a month away."
Wikipedia: "Since there were only five weeks left, Gershwin hastily set about composing a piece, and on the train journey to Boston, the ideas of Rhapsody in Blue came to his mind. He told his first biographer Isaac Goldberg in 1931: "It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer – I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise... And there I suddenly heard, and even saw on paper – the complete construction of the Rhapsody, from beginning to end. (...) I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our blues, our metropolitan madness. By the time I reached Boston I had a definite plot of the piece"."
Wikipedia: "The opening of Rhapsody in Blue is written as a clarinet trill followed by a legato 17-note rising diatonic scale. During a rehearsal, Whiteman's virtuoso clarinetist, Ross Gorman, rendered the upper portion of the scale as a captivating (and fully trombone-like) glissando: Gershwin heard it and insisted that it be repeated in the performance. An American Heritage columnist called it the "famous opening clarinet glissando... that has become as familiar as the start of Beethoven's Fifth"."
David Schiff on the introduction of his book about Rhapsody in Blue: "In a century characterized by the unpopularity of its most prestigious music, the popular success of Rhapsody in Blue has made it suspect. Critics might accept it as a better example of light music, but would not place it next to the works of Stravinsky, Schoenber or Bartók. (...) The persistence of the classification problem points to the hardening of musical categories in this century, as popular and high forms differentiated themselves from each other. Despite its tendency, "high" composers have pursued projects of gebrauschsmusik and other ways of returning to the everyday world or abolishing the supposed boundaries betwwen art and life, and pop musicians from Gershwin to Benny Goodman, Frank Zappa or Paul McCartney have tried to cross over into the classical area. Gershwin's success in both fields, however, remains unique. (...) Jazz writers, both black and white, have accused him of gross appropriation of an idiom that was not rightfully his. They cite the Rhapsody as a prime example of commercially succesful fake jazz, part of a long history of cultural theft from Stephen Foster's plantation songs to the Beastie Boys' white rap. While the facts of racial injustice are indisputable, however, the relation of black and white musicians in the formation of many musical styles associated with jazz is a complex subject. In music, appropriation is often the sincerest form of admiration. Rhapsody in Blue is an enduring monument to the love affair of Americans – and people around the world – with the African-American idiom that became the most influential language of twentieth-century music."

You Tube link (original 1924 recording with Gershwin on piano)
You Tube link (version for full orchestra played and directed by Leonard Bernstein, Part 1)
You Tube link (Part 2)

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 3-2

This thread is a "regal" ! Thanks Honorio and all the seven dwarf....heuuu...magnificients for give us all these incredible lists of songs to listen to.
After the final one, I hope to be able to put a personnal list of classical music for this period for those who want to go further.

Thanks again to all of you.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

The Number 1

And here it is, the same picture that opened the thread, the image of a young and defiant Billie Holiday with here eyes wide shut, the image of the African-American people that created the most vibrant music from the first half of the XX Century. Her protest song "Strange Fruit" won our poll by a large margin (629.41 points, 236.32 points more than the second qualified). Ladies and gentlemen, here it is...

1. Strange Fruit



Points: 629.41
Voted by: sonofsamiam (#1), Charlie Driggs (#2), Honorio (#2), Mindrocker (#3), nicolas (#3), Brad (#5), Henrik (#9), Fred (#13)
Position in AM 3000: #114 of all time and #1 of the 1930s
Style: Jazz-blues

Written by Abel Meeropol in 1936 (published as a poem under the pen name of Lewis Allan), later he put music himself to his poem.
Recorded by Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra including Sonny White on piano on April 20, 1939 in New York City.
Released in May of 1939 on Commodore label.
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit / Fine and Mellow

Wikipedia: ""Strange Fruit" was a poem written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish high-school teacher from the Bronx, about the lynching of two black men. He published under the pen name Lewis Allan. In the poem, Meeropol expressed his horror at lynchings, possibly after having seen Lawrence Beitler's photograph of the 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abran Smith in Marion, Indiana. He published the poem in 1936 in The New York Teacher, a union magazine. Though Meeropol/Allan had often asked others (notably Earl Robinson) to set his poems to music, he set "Strange Fruit" to music himself. The piece gained a certain success as a protest song in and around New York. Meeropol, his wife and black vocalist Laura Duncan performed it at Madison Square Garden."
Wikipedia: "Barney Josephson, the founder of Cafe Society in Greenwich Village, New York's first integrated nightclub, heard the song and introduced it to Billie Holiday. Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation, but because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing it. (...) Holiday approached her recording label, Columbia, about the song, but the company feared reaction by record retailers in the South, as well as negative reaction from affiliates of its co-owned radio network, CBS. Even John Hammond, Holiday's producer, refused. She turned to friend Milt Gabler, whose Commodore label produced alternative jazz. Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" for him a cappella, and moved him to tears. In 1939, Gabler worked out a special arrangement with Vocalion Records to record and distribute the song. Columbia allowed Holiday a one-session release from her contract in order to record it".
Allmusic: "Billie Holiday's signature song signaled the maturation of a 24-year-old popular big-band singer into a serious jazz singer, an artist, and a force for social change. Debuting at the Cafe Society club in Manhattan, one of the few rare places where blacks and whites could mingle, Holiday used her famous halting, howling delivery and unique phrasing to pass on this sobering and haunting message, a poetic blues that looked unflinchingly at the lynching of African-American men in the American South. (...) Barney Josefson, sensing the importance of the piece and feeling that people "should have their insides burned out" by the song, devised a nightly ritual for the song's performance: Every activity in the club would come to a halt, waiters would stand in the back, the registers would silence, and the lights would go down to darkness except for a simple spotlight on Holiday, who would sing the song and walk offstage with no bow and no encores. The initial effect was reportedly stunned silence. Holiday notes in her autobiography: "There wasn't even a patter of applause when I finished. Then a lone person began to clap nervously. Then suddenly everybody was clapping." (...) Holiday's accompanist, pianist Bobby Tucker, noted on NPR's syndicated program "The Connection" that, even though the song became sort of an act, Holiday would break down after every performance of it. The impact of the song has not lessened with time. If anything, it has grown more intense within the context of history. The controversy of the song continues as well, with some jazz radio programmers -- intent more on entertainment -- still refusing to play it, as it stirs up such "negative" feelings as deep sadness, anger, and guilt."
My personal comments: "The best song of the first half of the XX Century according to AM Forum is this protest song that portrays solemnly the lynching of black people in America. And that’s because it represents like no other song the soul of the African American people, this immeasurable sadness that sums decades and centuries of suffering and injustice. Everyone would file this song under the label of jazz but it surely got this thing that it's called the blues."

You Tube link (original 1939 studio version for Commodore Records)
You Tube link (excellent documentary about the background of "Strange Fruit")


And, after wiping the tears from my eyes after listening again to "Strange Fruit", it's time to say goodbye. That was all for the 1900-1949 poll, except some statistics (decade breakdown, personal Top 10s and favourite artists) that I will post tomorrow along with the Excel list. Hope you enjoyed this trip to the past as much a I did (and that was a lot). And many thanks again to Mr. Dobyan, Mr. Calhoun, Mr. Eichele, Mr. Green, Mr. Franzon, Mr. Fred (sorry, I don't know your surname), Mr. Lejeune, Mr. Ortiz and Mr. Reijers. Your magnificent lists made a Top 500 that in my opinion it's the best you can find on the web about that music period. Good night. But stay tuned, the 1950s are coming...

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Honorio, if you had a fanclub I would join it. I think many people will agree that this has been the best presentation of a poll so far on this forum. I haven't listened to a lot of music from the first half of the 20th century, and I look forward to returning to this thread again and again to discover great music.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

With the risk of sounding repetitive, this presentation has been truly fantastic! Thank You Honorio!

I will definitely not defend the AM ranking compared to this one. I don't get how masterpieces like "Caravan", "The Mooche", "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" and "St. James Infirmary" have been forgotten by the critics.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Dan M
Honorio, if you had a fanclub I would join it.


or just friend him on the usual suspected social network site. great guy to chat with.

thumbs are back in stock again, so take as many as you can, DJ Hon (did it eventually revoke my disinterest towards song polls?... well, that's a completely different poll and it'll merely be decided by the goofheads like me or meh, but i definitely love following outcomes like these... keep it Russ Meyer, Hon, it's greed read)

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Bravo, Honorio!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Fantastic

And great to see 2 Leadbelly songs in the top 10 !!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Honorio: fantastic

This thread will remain forever as one of the best Acclaimed Music Forum. It will be like an encyclopedia of ongoing consultation.

Thank you very much

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Very, very nice presentation, Honorio!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: The Breakdown by Decades

Many thanks everyone for your kind words.
Thanks Romain, of course you can post your classical favourites!
Thanks Dan M for your kind words, that was the intention, to promote a music not well known and to make a thread useful as a source.
Thanks Henrik, I agree with you, our list is better than the professional ones, sometimes critics are so lazy...
And yes, nj, it was great that chat late at night, I remember it well. But I don’t use Facebook too much, in fact last time was in summer. Maybe I will come back to talk about this thread to my friends. And I’m really glad to know that you enjoyed a poll about SONGS, that means a lot.
Thanks, Otis, I love that book cover!! Is it a real book? This list could be perfectly published as a book, but in this case we would need original comments and not borrowed from Wikipedia.
And many thanks, nicolas, Brad, Mindrocker. Yes, Leadbelly featured very well in oir poll, nicolas, just you wait for the artist list as you requested...


And, as I promised, the breakdown by decades:


1900s:
1. Claude Debussy - Suite Bergamasque: III. Clair de lune - 1905
2. Scott Joplin - The Entertainer - 1902
3. Sergey Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3: Allegro ma non tanto - 1909
4. George W. Johnson - The Laughing Coon - 1902
5. Scott Joplin - Easy Winner - 1901
6. Antonio Álvarez Alonso - Suspiros de España - 1902
7. Scott Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag - 1900
8. Claude Debussy - Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cakewalk - 1908
9. Erik Satie - Je te veux - 1903
10. Scott Joplin - Pineapple Rag - 1908


1910s:
1. Igor Stravinsky - Le sacre du printemps: Danse sacrale - L'élue - 1913
2. Igor Stravinsky - Le sacre du printemps: Les augures printaniers - Danses des adolescents - 1913
3. Manuel de Falla - El amor brujo: X. Canción del fuego fatuo - 1916
4. Gerardo Matos Rodríguez - La cumparsita - 1917
5. Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite No. 2: VII Finale - 1919
6. Harry Lauder - Stop Your Tickling, Jock! - 1910
7. Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 8: I. Veni Creator Spiritus - 1910
8. Gustav Holst - The Planets: I. Mars, the Bringer of War - 1918
9. Scott Joplin - Stoptime Rag - 1910
10. José López Alavéz - Canción mixteca - 1915


1920s:
1. George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - 1924
2. Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary - 1929
3. Duke Ellington - The Mooche - 1928
4. Maurice Ravel - Boléro - 1928
5. Blind Willie Johson - Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground - 1928
6. Louis Arsmtrong - West End Blues - 1928
7. Bessie Smith - The St. Louis Blues - 1925
8. Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues - 1929
9. George Gershwin - Prelude No. 2 - 1926
10. Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - 1929


1930s:
1. Blillie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
2. Sergey Prokofiev - Montagues and Capulets / Dance of the Knights - 1936
3. Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow - 1939
4. Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing - 1937
5. Leadbelly - Goodnight, Irene - 1934
6. Duke Ellington - Caravan - 1937
7. Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade - 1939
8. Django Reinhardt - Limehouse Blues - 1935
9. Glenn Miller - In the Mood - 1939
10. George Gershwin / Billie Holiday / Sidney Bechet - Summertime - 1935-1936-1939


1940s:
1. Leadbelly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - 1944
2. Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land - 1947
3. Duke Ellington - Take the "A" Train - 1941
4. Thelonious Monk - 'Round About Midnight - 1948
5. Hank Williams - Move It On Over - 1947
6. Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker - A Night in Tunisia - 1946
7. Anton Karas - The "Harry Lime" Theme - 1949
8. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen' - 1948
9. Édith Piaf - La vie en rose - 1946
10. Hot Lips Page - It Won't Be Here Long - 1940

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: The Individual Top 10s

You can (in fact you must) see the complete individual lists, but here they are the individual Top 10s as a summary. In alphabetical order:


Alex D:
1. Thelonious Monk - Round About Midnight - 1948
2. Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing - 1937
3. Leadbelly – Whoa, Back, Buck - 1940
4. Leadbelly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - 1944
5. Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago - 1937
6. Uncle Dave Macon - Way Down the Old Plank Road - 1926
7. Glenn Miler - In the Mood - 1939
8. Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land - 1947
9. Scott Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag - 1899
10. Cab Calloway - Minnie the Moocher - 1931


Brad
1. George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - 1924
2. Duke Ellington - The Mooche - 1928
3. Frank Sinatra - Body and Soul - 1949
4. Duke Ellington - Take the "A" Train - 1941
5. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
6. Louis Armstrong and the Hot Fives - Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa - 1926
7. Lord Invader, MacBeth the Great and the Duke of Iron - Calypso War - 1946
8. The Orioles - It's Too Soon to Know - 1948
9. Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing - 1937
10. Kate Smith - God Bless America - 1938


Charlie Driggs:
1. Kurt Weill - Speak Low - 1943
2. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
3. Blind Willie Johnson - Praise God I'm Satisfied - 1930
4. Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow - 1939
5. Leadbelly - House of the Rising Sun - 1945
6. Francisco Alves - Aquarela do Brasil - 1939
7. The Lion - Bing Crosby - 1936
8. Rina Ketty - J'attendrai - 1938
9. Alfred Aholo Apaka - Na Moku Eha - 1947
10. Kate Smith - God Bless America - 1939


Fred:
1. Django Reinhardt – Limehouse Blues - 1935
2. Sergey Rachmaninov - Piano Concert No. 3: I. Allegro ma non tanto - 1909
3. Walter Huston - September Song - 1938
4. Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque: III. Clair de lune - 1905
5. Charles Trenet - La Mer - 1946
6. George Gershwin – Prelude No. 2 - 1926
7. Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary - 1929
8. Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High the Moon - 1951
9. Charlie Parker – A Night in Tunisia - 1946
10. George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue - 1924


Henrik:
1. Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet: Montagues and Capulets/Dance of the Knights - 1936
2. Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque: III. Clair de lune - 1905
3. Samuel Barber - Adagio For Strings - 1938
4. Igor Stravinsky - Le sacre du printemps: Danse Sacrale (L'Élue) - 1913
5. Remo Giazotto - Adagio in G minor - 1945
6. Joaquín Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio - 1940
7. Maurice Ravel - Boléro - 1928
8. Carl Orff - Carmina Burana: I. O Fortuna - 1937
9. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
10. Anton Karas - The Harry Lime Theme - 1949


Honorio:
1. Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for Orchestra, No. 1 Montagues and Capulets - 1936
2. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
3. Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow - 1939
4. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli - Nuages - 1946
5. Lotte Lenya - Die Dreigroschenoper: Seeräuber Jenny - 1930
6. Charlie Parker – A Night in Tunisia - 1946
7. Carlos Gardel - Mano a mano - 1923
8. Louis Jordan - Five Guys Named Moe - 1942
9. Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade - 1939
10. Robert Johnson - Crossroad Blues - 1936


Miguel:
1. Concha Piquer - Tatuaje - 1941
2. Scott Joplin - The Entertainer - 1902
3. Carlos Gardel - El día que me quieras - 1935
4. Antonio Machín - Angelitos negros - 1947
5. Hank Williams - Move It On Over - 1947
6. Scott Joplin - Easy Winner - 1901
7. Antonio Álvarez Alonso - Suspiros de España - 1902
8. Anton Karas - The "Harry Lime" Theme - 1949
9. Maurice Ravel - Boléro - 1928
10. Carlos Gardel - Volver - 1935


Mindrocker:
1. Duke Ellington - The Mooche - 1928
2. Hot Lips Page - I Won't Be Here Long - 1940
3. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
4. George W. Johnson - The Laughing Coon (second version) - 1902
5. Artie Shaw - Nightmare - 1938
6. Jack McVea - Open the Door, Richard - 1946
7. Cootie Williams - Echoes of Harlem - 1944
8. Lionel Hampton - Wizzin' the Wizz - 1939
9. Buddy Boy Hawkins - Voice Throwin' Blues - 1929
10. Maurice Ravel - Boléro - 1928


nicolas:
1. Leadbelly - Goodnight Irene - 1934
2. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grapelli - Echoes of France - 1946
3. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1940
4. Leadbelly - There's a Man Going Round Taking Names - 1944
5. Jimmie Rodgers - Gambling Bar Room Blues - 1932
6. Louis Jordan - Choo Choo'Ch Boogie - 1946
7. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grapelli - Limehouse Blues - 1936
8. Patsy Montana - I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - 1935
9. Bessie Smith - Saint Louis Blues - 1925
10. The Tiger - Money Is King - 1935


sonofsamiam:
1. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
2. Igor Stravinsky - Le sacre du printemps: Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice - 1913
3. Claude Debussy - Suite Bergamasque: III. Clair de lune - 1905
4. Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground - 1928
5. Olivier Messiaen - Turangalila-Symphonie: I. Introduction - 1948
6. George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - 1924
7. Béla Bartók - Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: III. Adagio - 1936
8. Duke Ellington - Take the "A" Train - 1941
9. Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary - 1929
10. Mary Lou Williams - Aries - 1945

Tomorrow the Top 250 artists...

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Somehow it feels the AM forum entered a new phase with this poll. Tx 2 H 2!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

¡Enhorabuena, Sr. Barranco!

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: The Artist List

Many thanks, Fred and Miguel!!

The artist list goes like this:

271. Alban Berg
270. Attila the Hun
269. Willy Derby
268. Todd Duncan
267. Robert Wilkins
266. Vera Lynn
265. Oscar Alemán
264. The Andrews Sisters
263. Antonio Mairena
262. Don Byas
261. Vassilis Tsitsanis
260. Billy Murray
259. Big Jay McNeeley's Blue Jays
258. Washington Phillips
257. Robert Nighthawk
256. Dexter Gordon
255. Wynonie Harris
254. Flatt & Scruggs
253. Sonny Greer
252. Spike Jones
251. Paul Robeson
250. Clarence Williams
249. Kostas Bezos
248. Henry Cowell
247. Beniamino Gigli
246. Alfred G. Carnes
245. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
244. Victoria Spivey
243. Ann Miller
242. Gustavo Pascual Falcó
241. Harry Marlow
240. The Ravens
239. Kokomo Arnold
238. Bertolt Brecht
237. Nelstone's Hawaiians
236. Rita Hayworth
235. Roy Eldridge
234. Bukka White
233. Arthur Collins
232. Iry LeJeune
231. Harry C. Browne
230. Merle Travis
229. Gene Krupa
228. Ramón Montoya
227. Charles Penrose
226. Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers
225. Hobart Smith
224. Lil' Green
223. The Caresser
222. Mae West
221. Southern Sons
220. Tampa Red
219. The Texas Blue Destroyers
218. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
217. Vernon Dalhart
216. Yves Montand
215. Celina y Reutilio
214. Jimpson
213. Eddie Head & His Family
212. Léo Marjane
211. Lovie Austin
210. Roy Brown
209. Blind Gary Davis
208. Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
207. John H. Glover-Kind
206. Buck Washington
205. Luis Russell & His Orchestra
204. Jimmie Davis
203. Arthur Pryor
202. Dave Tarras
201. The Stripling Brothers
200. Berthe Sylva
199. Wingy Manone
198. Aaron Copland
197. Lizzie Miles
196. Tex Williams
195. Oscar Peterson
194. Stuff Smith
193. Slam Stewart
192. Jesse Stone
191. Ethel Waters
190. Constantin le Rieur
189. Sonny Terry
188. The Cats and The Fiddle
187. Zez Confrey
186. Roy Smeck
185. Art Tatum
184. Jazz Gillum
183. Santiago Lope Gonzalo
182. Smilin' Smokey Lynn
181. The Ink Spots
180. Charlie Poole
179. Ralph Vaughan Williams
178. Chick Webb
177. John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson
176. Cal Stewart
175. Lightnin' Hopkins
174. Charlie Chaplin
173. Tommy McClennan
172. Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers
171. Fletcher Henderson
170. Amos Milburn
169. Miles Davis
168. Cliff Edwards
167. Al Bernard
166. Cecil Gant
165. DeZurik Sisters
164. King Radio
163. Blind Lemon Jefferson
162. William H. Reitz
161. A.A. Gray & Seven-Foot Dilly
160. Ken Maynard
159. Naftule Brandwein
158. Mills Brothers
157. John Cage
156. Sister Mary Nelson
155. Raymond Scott
154. George J. Gaskin & Joe Belmont
153. Casey Bill Weldon
152. Manuel Penella
151. John Taylor
150. Memphis Minnie
149. Bull Moose Jackson
148. Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers
147. Charles Ives
146. Jimmie Lunceford
145. Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band
144. Amália Rodrigues
143. Long "Cleve" Reed & Little Harvey Hull
142. Maxine Sullivan
141. José López Alavéz
140. King Oliver's Jazz Band
139. Erik Satie
138. Jimmie Noone
137. Fats Waller
136. Al Jolson
135. Original Dixieland Jazz Band
134. Gene Autry
133. Harry Choates
132. Doolie Wilson
131. Dinah Shore
130. Marlene Dietrich
129. Charlie Johnson
128. George Lewis
127. John Benghu
126. Big Maceo
125. Federico García Lorca - La Argentinita
124. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
123. Sam McGee
122. Arnold Schoenberg
121. Cleoma & Ophy Breaux with Joe Falcon
120. Muddy Waters
119. International Brigades
118. Lena Horne
117. Rex Stewart
116. Harry Revel, Les Baxter and Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman
115. Machito
114. Sol Hoopii
113. Gustav Holst
112. Miklós Rózsa
111. Charley Patton
110. Johnny Marvin
109. Blind Blake
108. The Harlem Hamfats
107. Roy Acuff
106. Lonnie Johnson
105. Kurt Gerron
104. Bascom Lamar Lunsford
103. Big Joe Williams
102. Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
101. Edgard Varèse
100. Bing Crosby
99. Clarence Ashley
98. Hoagy Carmichael
97. Harry Lauder
96. Count Basie
95. Henry Thomas
94. Dick Justice
93. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
92. Mississippi Sheiks
91. Big Bill Broonzy
90. Mary Lou Williams
89. Golden Gate Quartet
88. The Stanley Brothers
87. Buddy Boy Hawkins
86. Alfred Aholo Apaka
85. Jelly Roll Morton
84. The Monroe Brothers
83. Patsy Montana
82. Rina Ketty
81. Lord Invader, MacBeth the Great and the Duke of Iron
80. Antonio Álvarez Alonso
79. Cootie Williams
78. Gustav Mahler
77. Max Steiner
76. Uncle Dave Macon
75. Jack McVea
74. Growling Tiger
73. Mississippi John Hurt
72. Nat 'King' Cole
71. Paul Whiteman
70. The Orioles
69. Coleman Hawkins
68. Remo Giazotto
67. Giacomo Puccini
66. Stan Kenton
65. Dmitri Shostakovich
64. Ernst Busch
63. Trío Matamoros
62. George W. Johnson
61. Xavier Cugat
60. Walter Huston
59. Joaquín Rodrigo
58. Béla Bartók
57. Cole Porter
56. The Lion
55. Francisco Alves
54. Manuel de Falla
53. The Carter Family
52. Charles Trenet
51. Bill Monroe

50. Skip James (biggest fan sonofsamiam)
49. Carl Orff (biggest fan Henrik)
48. Son House (biggest fan sonofsamiam)
47. Kate Smith (biggest fans Brad and Charlie Driggs)
46. Concha Piquer (biggest fan Miguel)
45. Ella Fitzgerald (biggest fan Fred)
44. Blind Willie McTell (biggest fan nicolas)
43. Olivier Messiaen (biggest fan sonofsamiam)
42. Lotte Lenya (biggest fan Honorio)
41. Lionel Hampton (biggest fan Midrocker)
40. Frank Sinatra (biggest fan Brad)
39. Sidney Bechet (biggest fan Charlie Driggs)
38. Fred Astaire (biggest fan Brad)
37. Sister Rosetta Tharpe (biggest fan Charlie Driggs)
36. Kurt Weill (biggest fan Charlie Driggs)
35. Samuel Barber (biggest fan Henrik)
34. Artie Shaw (biggest fan Midrocker)
33. Mahalia Jackson (biggest fan Brad)
32. Sergey Rachmaninov (biggest fan Fred)
31. Cab Calloway (biggest fan Alex D)
30. Antonio Machín (biggest fan Miguel)
29. Jimmie Rodgers (biggest fan nicolas)
28. Anton Karas (biggest fan Miguel)
27. Hot Lips Page (biggest fan Midrocker)
26. John Lee Hooker (biggest fan Fred)


25. Dizzy Gillespie (biggest fan sonofsamiam)


24. Maurice Ravel (biggest fan Henrik)


23. Bessie Smith (biggest fan Brad)


22. Édith Piaf (biggest fan Brad)


21. Benny Goodman (biggest fan Alex D)


20. Judy Garland (biggest fan Honorio)


19. Thelonious Monk (biggest fan Alex D)


18. Charlie Parker (biggest fan Fred)


17. Woody Guthrie (biggest fan Honorio)


16. Igor Stravinsky (biggest fan sonofsamiam)


15. Louis Jordan (biggest fan Honorio)


14. Blind Willie Johnson (biggest fan sonofsamiam)


13. Carlos Gardel (biggest fan Miguel)


12. Claude Debussy (biggest fan sonofsamiam)


11. Scott Joplin (biggest fan Miguel)


10. Sergey Prokofiev (biggest fans Henrik and Honorio)


9. Robert Johnson (biggest fan Alex D)


8. Django Reinhardt (biggest fan nicolas)


7. George Gershwin (biggest fan Fred)


6. Glenn Miller (biggest fan Miguel)


5. Louis Armstrong (biggest fan Brad)


4. Hank Williams (biggest fan Miguel)


3. Leadbelly (biggest fan nicolas)


2. Billie Holiday (biggest fan Brad)


1. Duke Ellington (biggest fans #1 Brad #2 Mindrocker #3 Charlie Driggs)


The Excel File

And that’s all, this time for good. Only a final comment: I missed some debate inside this thread. While in other threads there was an endless (and very interesting!) debates about the merits of Wilco or Arcade Fire here it seemed that everyone agreed with the final list (well, except sonofsamiam about Hank Williams). Maybe it was the kind of presentation (the list seemed canonized), maybe the merits of Arcade Fire are not so evident as, let's say, Duke Ellington (and I'm sounding like grandpa now), maybe the time passed (more than a century in some cases) has settled the dust so much that there is no place for discussion. Anyway thanks everyone again, I'm really grateful for your props and see you at the 1950s poll (first results in a couple of days).

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Honorio

Thanks, Otis, I love that book cover!! Is it a real book? This list could be perfectly published as a book, but in this case we would need original comments and not borrowed from Wikipedia.





I searched on google image to illustrate my comment and I found this cover of a book. Has been accidentally. This is a book with the chords of various songs

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

Fred
Somehow it feels the AM forum entered a new phase with this poll. Tx 2 H 2!
You done took this shit to another motherfuckin' level. I was in there like oh shit I never been here before! I’ve never even seen this part of...

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: position 1

The digging up of songs, the collective re-writing of (known) music history and the presentation, yup.

We've been quite good at this before but now first I believe we can we speak of sending shock waves through other music forums :)

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Many thanks, I appreciate a lot your kind comments.

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Hello,
I just want to add some very good classical music who deserve, for me, to be here.

Darius Milhaud :
- Le boeuf sur le toit
- La création du monde : Ouverture
Maurice Ravel (all, seriously) :
- La Valse
- Daphnis & Chloé
- Concerto pour la main gauche
- Pavane pour une infante défunte
Claude Debussy (all again):
- La mer (trois esquisses symphoniques)
- Images pour orchestre : II. Ibéria
- Préludes : all
- Etudes : all.
Aaron Copland :
- Rodeo
- Appalachian Spring
Charles Ives :
- Central Park in the dark
Leonard Bernstain :
- Fancy Free
Erik Satie :
- Je te veux
Edward Elgar :
- Pomp and circunstance : march n°1
Giacomo Puccini :
- Madame Butterfly : Un bel di, vedremo / Le choeur à bouche fermée
- La Tosca : E lucevan Le Stelle
Heitor Villa-Lobos :
- Bachianas Brasileiras n°5
Gustav Mahler :
- Symphonie n°5 : IV. Adagietto
- Symphonie n°9 : I. Andante Comodo
Richard Strauss :
- Sinfonia Domestica
Manuel de Falla :
- El amor Brujo : Danza ritual del fuego
Sergueï Prokofiev (all, again ) :
- L'amour des trois oranges : Marche
- Roméo & Juliette : all.
- Symphonie classique : all
- Ouverture sur des thèmes juifs
- Pierre & le loup : all
- Cinderella : waltz
Dmitri Chostakovitch (all the symphonies)
- Symphony n°7 : Allegretto (take that in your face)
- Jazz suite 1 & 2
Aram Khatchatourian :
- Gayaneh
- Spartacus
Sergueï Rachmaninov
- The concerto pour piano 2, 3 and 4
- L'île des morts
- Rhapsodie sur un thème de Paganini


The three powerful and wonderful classical music of the first half of the century : le Boléro de Ravel, Le Sacre de du Printemps de Stravinsky and the Rhapsody in blues de Gershwin have already been cited.
And Stravinsky, Bartok, who already appering in the list deserve to be more deaply listened, especially Stavinsky.
All the choices of classical I see in the list are higly recommandable.

Voilà, it's just a choice of music I really love. I hope some of you found some interesting music here.

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Merci beaucoup, Romain!

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De nada Honorio !
I forget to talk about Sibelius, who make some of the beautiful symphonies of the XX century (and poëme symphoniques).
He makes one of the most beautiful, touching and sad music ever made. You absolutly have to listen his "Valse triste"....really.

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I also really appreciate your list, Romain.

Re: The 1900-1949 poll: positions 80-71

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