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The Essential Guide to American Adult Pop-Culture
of the Age of Innocence, 1946-64
In 1948 Columbia Records introduced the 33 1/3 LP, “long playing,” record at the New York’s Waldorf~Astoria, allowing the listener to hear an unprecedented 25 minutes of music per side, as opposed to the four minutes per side of the standard 78 rpm record. The grand event marked the exit of the ‘78 and the introduction of 12 inch ‘33 and ‘45 singles, which not only improved the sound quality, but also pushed sales forward dramatically.
Once the ball began rolling, the recording industry sought to fuel this new lucrative consumerism by consistently introducing not only new singing sensations, but also new improvements and gimmicks. As a result, there developed a quaint attitude amongst the recording industry moving them to place erroneous disclaimers at the bottom of their albums. Stereo records were first introduced by EMI and Decca in 1958 and oddly enough the film industry had already mastered the stereo technique in 1952 for soundtrack recordings. Recording or release dates cannot be easily derived from most albums by the average buyer, because many of the companies felt that their material would never become dated. The attitude was universally "We are the future." Little did they realize that technology would continue to progress despite them.
Following are examples:
"This monophonic microgrove recording is playable on monophonic and stereo phonographs. It cannot become obsolete."
"This Columbia High Fidelity recording is scientifically designed to play with the highest quality of reproduction on the phonograph of your choice, new or old. If you are the owner of a new stereophonic system, this record will play with even more brilliant true-to-life fidelity. In short, you can purchase this record with no fear of its becoming obsolete in the future."
During the 1950s and early 1960s many album covers donned the latest description of why you should buy the record; stereophonic records with two distinct orthogonal modulations, or a RCA Victor 'New Orthophonic' High Fidelity or Dynagroove Recordings; Warner Brothers had Vitaphonic High Fidelity Records; or perhaps it might say “Important Notice: "Miracle Surface.” Like the general attitude during the 1950s, there was an overly optimistic outlook in the recording industry, resulting in not only many exaggerated claims, but more importantly in some of the best hip, swinging, positive music ever produced.
The largest of all genres previewed here, the artists of the easy-listening group primarily consist of singers who sang what we have come to know as American Pop-Classics or Standards. Many started there careers in one of three places and usually eventually traversed the stages of all them, that is radio, vaudeville and the nightclub circuit.
The songs they sang have remained popular all these years, because often the lyricists and composers wrote in a way that all could understand and relate to. Songs were so “standard” that many artists recorded the same song and had equal or similar success with their recording. For example Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra all interpreted Mack the Knife and had relative commercial success with each of their versions. If the song and artist singing it were good, the public acknowledged them with buying the result on pressed vinyl or the tickets to the show. Some songs of the period are so good that they continue to be recorded by the artists of today. Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust is probably the most recorded song of modern history, with Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra leading the way in the late 50s and later being joined by Harry Connick, Jr. and George Benson with their versions within the last ten years.
Most songs of this period evoked one of two things, either a soothing sentimentality built on nostalgia, yearning or wistfulness, or an internal rhythm which moved the listener to swing and dance. I hope that if you are relatively new to this music that upon listening you are moved in the same way.
The Rat Pack
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Frank "Ol' Blues Eyes" Sinatra
Dean "Dino" Martin
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The Andrew Sisters
Nat King Cole
Tennessee Ernie Ford
The Four Freshman
The King Sisters
The McGuire Sisters
The Mills Brothers
Ella Mae Morse
The Pied Pipers
Vernon Duke (Vladimir Dukowsky)
E. “Duke” Ellington
Jimmy Van Heusen
The JAZZ MUSICIANS
Buddy De Franco
Charlie “Bird” Parker
The LOUNGE ARTISTS
The LATIN ARTISTS
The Recording Labels
HiFi Recordings Label
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