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THE 1930'S
The Depression Era
On October 29th 1929, the stock market crashed causing a 15 year downfall in the world economy called The Great Depression. The 1930s were trying times for all Americans out of work and losing their homes and livelihoods. All we had were our radios to keep us smiling through these terrible times.
Musically, the early 30s (1930-1932) were a continuum of late 1920s pop. Artists like Paul Whiteman, Fred Waring and Ted Lewis kept an upbeat of 20s style jazz while Louis Armstrong's swing and Duke Ellington's "slip horn-jive" styles kept us moving.
By 1933, new artists began to appear on the scene. Some more synonymous with the 1940s like Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers. Benny Goodman was setting a new standard in swing, breeding a new brand of Big Bands, competing for the top.
By 1936, all styles of the "flapper" movement were all but gone. The depression was deepening and America became more sober in its needs for entertainment. At the same time yearned for escapism. Hollywood gave us huge stage productions and pop music aligned itself with the movie industry. Eight out of ten hits were from a soundtrack of some movie. This trend would continue throughout the 1940s.
By the late 1930s (1937-39) the stage was set for 1940s new Big Band swing styles to click. The Andrews Sisters changed the "gal groups" forever, Artie Shaw's "Begin The Beguine" and Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" would set a new standard for mainstream swing throughout the 1940s even through the early parts of the 1950s.

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SONG LISTS
1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934
1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939