1940s Music

Vintage Hawaiian 1940s Sophisticated Hula Song

Vintage Hawaiian 1940s Sophisticated Hula Song

Ahh, vintage Hawaii!  Reminds me of hip-hugging vintage Kamehameha dresses.  Here’s a fantastic vintage clip of Louise Reyes singing “Sophisticated Hula”.  

1940s Swing Music – COUNT BASIE Swingin’ the Blues

1940s Swing Music – COUNT BASIE Swingin’ the Blues

COUNT BASIE Excerpts from the oddly titled “Dance of the Gremlins” (thanks to mfb25890 & mbdavis10025 for the song I.D.), and “Swingin’ the Blues”, c. 1941. … There’s nothing like the sound of a swigin’ big band to get your feet jumping!  Here’s a fantastic video featuring Count Basie performing Swingin’ The Blues.  

1940s Lindy Hop At It’s Finest … Whiteys Lindy Hoppers in Hellzapoppin.

1940s Lindy Hop At It’s Finest … Whiteys Lindy Hoppers in Hellzapoppin.

Probably the greatest Lindy hop sequence ever filmed. Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers from the film Helzapoppin. This, for me, was one of the most inspiring dance pieces for this decade.  It captures the vitality, strength and pure passion of swing music and dance in the 1940s. The choreographer and one of the principal dancers, Frankie Manning, will(…)