Wednesday, January 28, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Let’s take a musical ‘sentimental journey’

By
From page OSF2 | March 13, 2014 |

This column is strictly for the pre-baby boomers: the 1930s and 1940s crowd, which isn’t so crowded anymore – the white heads and “baldies.”

I saw the The Honeybee Trio performance at the Kroc Center. In addition to The Andrews Sisters and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the era was one of Big Band instrumentals, bebop and ballads.

Big bands usually didn’t play concerts (except Stan Kenton). They played at big dance halls like the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles or the casino on Catalina Island.

Almost every band leader started out as a top jazz instrumentalist. Most songs the bands played included jazz instrumentals. Benny Goodman was a clarinetist. His rendition of “Sing, Sing, Sing” won him the title of the “King of Swing.”

In addition to the clarinet solos, drummer Gene Krupa dominated the piece. Krupa later became a bandleader on his own. Some of the other musician bandleaders were Tommy Dorsey and his trombone, Harry James and the trumpet, Artie Shaw and the clarinet, plus Coleman Hawkins and his saxophone.

Hawkins’ rendition of “Body and Soul” is one of the truly great jazz classics. People remember Nat King Cole as the great vocalist, but he first was a jazz piano player with his own trio. A great example of his piano abilities is heard in the recording “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” which also showcases his vocal talents.

I started out by saying this was for pre-baby boomers. I was wrong. Good music is for everyone. Young people today should know that there are instruments besides drums and guitars. I could write a book about great jazz musicians. One last great I want to mention is Dizzy Gillespie and his trumpet. Two songs stick in my memory: “How High the Moon” and “I Can’t Get Started (with You).” You can find every performance I have referred to on the Internet.

Vocalists of the 1940s era were also outstanding. It wasn’t a time of yelling and noise. Most ballads seemed to have genuine sentiments in them.

Here are a few of them with the music that they made popular:

One of my favorites was the ballad “At Last,” sung by Etta James. I love the lyrics. “At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song.”

Billy Holiday’s “Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?).”

There were a number of great male vocalists during the 1940s, such as Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and Perry Como, but it had to be known as the Frank Sinatra decade. The list of wonderful Sinatra recordings is long and impressive. I have favorites here, too, such as “September Song” or “Time After Time” and “Night and Day.”

My temptation is to find some way to write all the lyrics because they are real love songs. There isn’t enough room here. I’ve discovered that I am a hopeless romantic.

Researching and putting this column together has been a real “Sentimental Journey” (a Doris Day hit). I hope it has been for you, too.

Music was so much better then than now. We should introduce our young family members to it. I think I’ll do that. How about you?

Reach Murray Bass at 427-0744 or mzb60@comcast.net.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • S KMarch 13, 2014 - 9:04 am

    I really enjoyed this column. I'm just a pup compared to Murray>>Soon 65, soon a Medicare recipient :-), but I love that music, big band jazz always having been my favorite. Would have and still would like to have been a drummer for such a band, even a jazz combo, but I only had the opportunity to play my drums for a couple of local rock bands, one a Classic Rock band, my latest an originals Trio. Everyone of those artists, numbers can be found in my CD or Vinyl collection. I grew up listening to that music, and so did our son, and so does my little Jack Russell terrier, as he sits on my lap, spinning some tunes :-). Murray, you may have seen me walk by the Suisun McDonalds, walking my Best buddy. Also a great article in this section about, Collin's Music in Suisun. I have been there, but of late, no longer plan hardly any more album additions. Already have so many, split between jazz, Rock & Pop, that I hardly listen to any anymore, being satisfied just tune my DishNet to, "Classic Jazz," channel 6067. I have my setup connected to where my TV does not have to be on, just to listen to Sirius XM's music.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KMarch 13, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    SCHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESH, let me try this AGAIN. My earlier this morning post has still not POSTED, probably because I mentioned a local business that was also brought up in another article in this very supplement>>>GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Mr. Bass, I really enjoyed your column about this music. I am just a Pup in comparison, 65 and Medicare eligible soon, but big band Jazz has always been my favorite. I grew up listening to it, as well as our son heard that type of music in the home growing up also, as does also my little Jack Russell best buddy that you may have seen me walk around Suisun's MckyD's with. He has enjoyed listening to the music I spin here on both CDs and Vinyl, a mix of Jazz (My first choice), along with Rock & Pop, while laying on my lap, him being 14 yrs. 7 months now, but still walking those 2>>3.5 mi. depending on the day of the weeks.. So just not those PRE- BABY boomers loving that music. Nearly all the artists and songs you mentioned can be found in my CD and or vinyl collection, which I hardly play that much anymore, enjoying the Jazzy sounds of our Satellite provider's Classic Jazz, on Sirius XM Channel 6067 of our Sat provider. I have my set up connected in a way that I can enjoy the music without the TV having to be on. Anyway keep enjoying that music as I do, as well as enjoying your column, memories :-)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KMarch 13, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    By the way, it was Collins Music I mention>>LOL>>also written up about in this supplement. Great store, but I am hardly adding to my collection anymore, not even listening to much of what I have anymore :-)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensMarch 13, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Hoagy Carmichael...Stardust...the nearness of you......

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Youngster battles brain cancer a 2nd time

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
2 Solano road projects get green light

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

 
Rush Ranch seeks docents

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A2

Health officials report 1st Solano flu death

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
Kroc Health Fair offers free screenings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Frazier schedules coffee in Suisun City

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Vacaville police to offer law enforcement academy

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4

Vanden to host science fair

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A4

 
Woman with Solano ties caught up in tax fraud case

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

Coalition members review tobacco control report card

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
 
 
 
American Legion Post schedules head-shaving fundraiser

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A6

Vacaville Toastmasters welcome guests

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

 
Chipotle fundraiser to benefit Armijo newspaper

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6, 4 Comments

 
Dramas, thrillers lead week’s box office openings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B8

 
Fairfield police log: Jan. 25, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Jan. 24, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Jan. 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Jan. 25, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Jan. 24, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Jan. 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
.

US / World

Gold nuggets stolen in smash and grab

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
CSU chancellor looks to increase graduation rates

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Officials lose track of billions in funding

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 3 Comments

 
Bill would treat e-cigs the same as regular cigarettes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Secret talks in Jordan try to win release of hostages

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

‘Wicked storm': Blizzard drops 2 feet of snow on New England

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

 
Gunmen storm Libya hotel, killing American, 9 others

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Famed civil rights protesters to have arrest records erased

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
.

Living

Today in History: Jan. 28, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Jan. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscope Jan. 28, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

 
We live close to my nephew but he chooses to remain distant

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

 
10 Things: 10 fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
.

Entertainment

Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Common, John Legend to perform ‘Glory’ at Academy Awards

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Katie Holmes to guest on ‘Ray Donovan’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Sports

 
 
Falcon boys drop 69-61 SCAC loss to Bethel

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Local Report: Armijo boys roll past Napa 69-41

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1, 1 Comment

 
Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1, 1 Comment

Rose’s shot lifts Bulls over Warriors 113-111 in overtime

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rio official says there’s ‘no plan B’ for Olympic sailing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Golfer Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Tony Stewart returns with a swagger not seen in 2 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Shooters find not every basketball is same in college game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Patrick heads into 2015 in final season with team, sponsor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Manfred hopeful of A’s getting new ballpark in Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Super Bowl, Tiger make Phoenix center of sports universe

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Long after Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respect

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

The distinctive international flavor of Super Bowl Media Day

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Getting fired from New England led to Carroll’s reinvention

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sharks in ‘dogfight’ to secure playoff berth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for Jan. 28, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

US home price gains slow in November on weaker sales

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
FTC clears Albertsons’ purchase of Safeway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

.

Obituaries

Clarence E. Morgan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Julia P. Tan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Don Johnson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 11 Comments

 
Woodrow Allen Oakley

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Donald Wesley Johnson

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6