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Swingin' tunes from the 1950s

The Mack the Knife thread has me thinkin - what are some swingy, brassy big band sounding 1950s songs? I am hosting a tiki party tonight and need a soundtrack.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 5307/07/2013

Beyond the SEa

by prowling pandora as i typereply 106/08/2013

Suspicious Minds

by prowling pandora as i typereply 206/08/2013

The Four Aces' PERFIDIA

by prowling pandora as i typereply 306/08/2013

The Happy Organ - Dave Baby Cortez

Dance With Me Henry - Georgia Gibbs

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado

It's Now or Never - Elvis

Melodie DAmour - The Ames Brothers

Miracle Of Love - Eileen Rodgers

Patricia - Perez Prado

Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy

The Day the Rains Came - Jane Morgan

The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant

Swingin' tunes from the 1950s are always great for a 50's party. If I were having a Tiki party, I'd want tunes that fit a Tiki party.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 406/08/2013

Try this.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 506/08/2013

Lately, I've discovered klezmer music. I've always enjoyed ragtime & jazz, and I'm loving it. It's such happy music. In the 50's the European klezmer, especially the Hungarian was the kind you couldn't possibly stay sitting. You wanted to dance.

I would add I'm an amateur folklorist. I know. I should try to stick with the thread, but I had to say it. I guess I could ask someone to start a thread about various ethnicities and they indigenous music, but never mind. Probably wouldn't get more than a dozen posts.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 606/08/2013

R6, you sound like a very interesting person!

The big bands were really on the decline by the 1950's, OP. Their heyday was the late 30's through the 40's. The 50's (until Elvis) were a time of vocalists and lush orchestrations. Novelty songs. Many singers did "songbooks" or "theme albums. Ella and Frank, to name two. Rosemary Clooney. "Mambo Italiano" and "Come On A'My House." Eddie Fisher and "Oh My Papa." Patti Page and "How Much is that Doggy in the Window." There are many "big band" sounding songs out there from the 50's but it was not the pinnacle of the time for Glenn Miller, Harry James, the Dorseys, etc.

The 50's had Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets. THAT is perhaps the best example of a "50's jitterbug" swing song.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 706/08/2013

OP, you need this wonderful album by Della Reese. You can download it on Amazon.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 806/08/2013

Not brassy or big band, but the epitome of 5o's "cool" jazz ... very sexy and well, cool.

This would be a great slower number between those more upbeat songs.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 906/08/2013

R7 gives an accurate, and very good, description of the music development. I love the 40's swing era. By the 1950's what was left of the Big Band sound developed into smaller "modern jazz" combos.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1006/08/2013

Well Ray Gonniff and Percy Faith were big in the 50's and 60's. Then there was Mitch Miller and the absolutely nauseating Guy Lombardo who hung on thru three or four decades until he died. Who the fuck listened to him I will never know. But then, WTF listened to Lawrence Welk.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1106/08/2013

Just a list of some of my favorites:

Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet

Last Date - Floyd Cramer

Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter

So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey

Moonglow/Picnic Theme - Morris Stoloff

It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards

Peter Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini

Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny

More suggestions can be found at this web site:

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1206/08/2013

If it's a Tiki party, why not island and calypso songs that were popular in the 50s?

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1306/08/2013

Do you have Spotify? Just search for "Ultra Lounge" and then knock yourself out. There's also a playlist called "Ultra Lounge Mega Compilation" that has much of the series on it.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1406/08/2013

I'd think we should be talking about Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Bobby Darrin, Nat King Cole, and their ilk.

Listen to this when that band heats up at about 1:25... and that voice!! The Velvet Fog!

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1506/08/2013

Here's Bobby D singing about the Big Band... such a shame this guy dies young.... this is brilliant... I wish there was more video

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1606/08/2013

OP, you might enjoy "Wheel of Fortune". They used it in "LA Confidential" to great effect.

Here is the lovely and talented Kay Starr, doing a shortened version of the song on Wayne Newton's television show.

"While the wheel is turning, turning, turning..."

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1706/08/2013

Anything by Sinatra. Here's From this Moment On from A Swinging Affair.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1806/08/2013

Keely Smith's "When Your Lover Has Gone" arranged by Nelson Riddle (one of his greatest). Too bad it's not online, it really swings and she sounds amazing.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 1906/08/2013

Some good ones in this thread!! .. "Sh-Boom" (I forget the group who sang it.) " Blueberry Hill," by Fats Domino. "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", by Frankie Lymon. "Mr. Sandman", by The Chordettes. "Istanbul", by The Four Lads. "Glowworm", by The Mills Bros. "Hold My Hand", by Don Cornell. "Dance With Me, Henry", by Georgia Gibb. "Hot-diggity Dog-diggity", by Perry Como. "That's Amore", by Dean Martin. "A Bushel And A Peck", byThe Lennon Sisters. .. These are off the top of my head. Let me think about it some more..

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2006/08/2013

Here's 3 together. A fave of mine is the 1st one - At the hop

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2106/08/2013

Come Dance With Me is a great swing album

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2206/08/2013

How about the Maguire Sisters with Sincerely.

Where's Johnny Ray? Vaughan Monroe? Frankie Laine? My Gran used to baby sit me, and she had all those records. She even listened to Peggy Lee, and Julie London sing Cry Me a fuckin' River. Shit.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2306/08/2013

In The Still Of The Night - Julie London

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2406/08/2013

Anything by Martin Denny and Les Baxter.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2506/08/2013

Little Bitty Pretty One

Tu vuo fa americano

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2606/08/2013

MARTIN DENNEY's-Tahitian Village (i may have name of song incorrect) but it was the best Tiki Lounge, background music around....complete with bird calls.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2706/08/2013

My bad.....it was QUIET VILLAGE by Martin Denny

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2806/08/2013

Harry Belafonte..."The Banana Boat Song" should be included.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 2906/08/2013

50's tunes for a Tiki party. In October, OP wants swingin' Chrismas tunes for a Halloween party. Next it's swingin' Hawaiian tunes for a Christmas party.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3006/08/2013

Well I'll Be Switched by Jane Russell

Gumdrop by The Crew Cuts

The Huckle Buck by Kay Starr

Bye Bye Blues by Les Paul & Mary Ford

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3106/08/2013

The version of Sway by Rosemary Clooney and everything by Louis Prima.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3206/08/2013

Sorry, Dean Martin sang Sway best. I also remember vaguely, Ray Anthony.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3306/08/2013

Fly Me To The Moon

Here is Julie London's version.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3406/09/2013

Racing With The Moon

Vaughn Monroe

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3506/09/2013

I hope you know that Martin Denny spent his twilight (not the movie) years playing Quiet Village to an empty room at a tiki bar in Honolulu.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3606/09/2013

Does anyone remember an album that was instrumental beach party music from the early 1960s in which you could hear "party sounds" from supposed dancers at a party within the song tracks? It was amazing. No other vocals that I remember.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3706/09/2013

How did the party go, OP?

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3806/09/2013

"Die Moritat von Mackie Messer",is from the Three Penny Opera, premiering in Berlin in 1928. Bobby Darin had a hit with the song.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 3906/09/2013

I like 1960s songs like

Who Can I Turn To

That's Life

Volare

Call Me Irresponsible

What Kind of Fool Am I?

On a Clear Day

You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You

Make someone Happy

I Ain't Got nobody

Ballin the Jack

My Kind of Town

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4006/09/2013

I like Cy Coleman's Playboy Theme from the 60's.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4106/09/2013

Neil Hefti The soundtrack from Harlow.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4206/09/2013

Perez Prado, Yma Sumac, Perrey & Kingsley, The Free Design, Arthur Lyman, Esquivel, Lex Baxter, Alvino Rey and for a modern take on this type of music: Songs For The Jet Set.

Throw in some Swingle Singers for more fun!

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4306/09/2013

I found this be-boppin' tune by Bert Convy and The Thunderbirds called "C'mon Back".

If you watch on YT, in the You Tube mix column there's a smooth big band sounding song by Jaye P. Morgan from 1955 titled The Longest Walk. One of the commenters posted that JPM performed at their 1952 prom in San Diego with Frank Devol!

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4406/30/2013

Tiki was all the rage in the 1960's, so you might want to re-consider your music choices.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4506/30/2013

Anything from the 1950s by Teresa Brewer!

Ricochet Romance

Let Me Go, Lover

A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl

Music, Music, Music (put another nickel in....)!

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4606/30/2013

OP wants some suggestion for Easter songs to play at his Fourth of July party.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4706/30/2013

[quote]Tiki was all the rage in the 1960's, so you might want to re-consider your music choices.

Wrong. The tiki fad started in the years following the end of WWII as servicemen returned from the Pacific theater and started to miss the idyllic lifestyle of the Pacific islands. It peaked in the 50s and started to wane in the 60s.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4807/01/2013

Take THAT, R45. No pu-pu platter for YOU!

by prowling pandora as i typereply 4907/01/2013

Big band and jazz seem completely out of place at a tiki party.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 5007/01/2013

Tiki music gets tiresome quickly.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 5107/01/2013

Gale Storm recorded a slammin' version of I hear You Knocking.

by prowling pandora as i typereply 5207/07/2013

Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney

Ev'rybody Loves a Lover by Doris Day

Dream Lover by Bobby Darin

Lazy River by Roberta Sherwood

Just for Once by Pat Suzuki

Ain't That a Kick in the Head by Dean Martin

Look What I Found by Vic Damone

by prowling pandora as i typereply 5307/07/2013
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