My Music: Big Band Vocalists

My Music: Big Band Vocalists premiered March 2012.

PBS Specials
Relive the big-band era with the "crooners" and "canaries" of the 1940s.

About the Program

Hosted by Nick Clooney and Peter Marshall, this My Music special takes a nostalgic look back at the greatest "crooners" and "canaries" of the 1940s, featuring the incomparable vocalists of the period as they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands. The most popular singers from the era, among them Louis Armstrong, Perry Como and Doris Day, ultimately became stars in their own right.

My Music: Big Band Vocalists presents rare and vintage footage, from the 1940s and 1950s, of performances by an all-star lineup of legendary artists, including Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Alice Faye, Dick Haymes, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers and many more. The singers are backed by some of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of the World War II era led by Benny Goodman, Harry James, Bob Crosby, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Ray Noble and others.


Song List

"Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” — The Andrews Sisters with Harry James Orchestra

“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” — Louis Armstrong

“Somebody Loves Me” — Tex Beneke 

“Tampico” — June Christy with Stan Kenton Orchestra

“I’ll Dance at Your Wedding” — Buddy Clark with Ray Noble Orchestra

“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” — Rosemary Clooney

On the Sunny Side of the Street” — Nat King Cole & Tony Martin

“I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” — Perry Como with Ted Weems Orchestra

“Big Noise from Winnetka” — Bob Crosby & Orchestra

“It’s Magic” — Doris Day
“Green Eyes” — Bob Eberle & Helen O’Connell with Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

"You’ll Never Know” — Alice Faye

“I Had the Craziest Dream” — Helen Forrest with Harry James Orchestra

“You Send Me” — Dick Haymes

“Why Don’t You Do Right” — Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman Orchestra

“Cow-Cow Boogie” — Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack Orchestra

“We Mustn’t Say Goodbye” — Lanny Ross with Freddy Martin Orchestra

“Blues in the Night” — Dinah Shore with Duke Ellington Orchestra

“Night & Day” — Frank Sinatra 
“God Bless America” — Kate Smith

“It Started All Over Again” — Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra


My Music: Big Band Vocalists was produced by TJL Music Productions.


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