Category Archives: 1930s song

My Canary’s Got Circles Under His Eyes

Written by Ted Kohler, Edward Pola and Jack Golden, British dance band star Elsie Carlisle recorded My Canary’s Got Circles Under His Eyes in 1931 and so did Al Bowlly, Marion Harris, the Debroy Somers Band (Dan Donovan, vocalist), and Fred Spinelly’s Band. The … Continue reading

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Georgia On My Mind

This demo recording for one of my guitar classes of Stuart Morrell and Hoagy Carmichael’s wistful song was written in 1930.

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Love Is The Greatest Thing

‘Go to the park,’ said my wife, ‘someone’s leaving Christmas angels on the benches for people to find!’ So down I went and sure enough I saw one and took a photo. I walked about looking for more but they’d … Continue reading

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Don’t Fence Me In

A demo for my guitar classes. The song was written by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter. There’s a difference between being fenced in and being fenced out. I like the open air, and hedges and trees are useful boundaries, but … Continue reading

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Georgia On My Mind

Written in 1930 by Stuart Morrell and Hoagy Carmichael, this was a demo recording for one of my guitar classes.

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The Way You Look Tonight

Fred Astaire sang the song in the film ‘Swing Time’ and it won an Academy Award as the best original song, 1936. Music by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

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The Very Thought Of You

The Very Thought Of You was another big hit for Ray Noble. He wrote the song for Al Bowlly in 1934. Ray Noble was also a highly successful music arranger with his own orchestra, recording for HMV, who later became popular in … Continue reading

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Lazybones

Words by Johnny Mercer, music by Hoagy Carmichael 1933.  The story is that Mercer saw Hoagy snoozin’ on his couch and said, “I’m gonna write a song called ‘Lazy Bones’.” Carmichael said, “Well, let’s get at it.”  Johnny said the … Continue reading

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Change Partners

Written by Irving Berlin for Fred Astaire in the 1938 film Carefree. Artwork by Emily. Thank you!

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Love Is The Sweetest Thing

Love Is The Sweetest Thing was one of Ray Noble’s great songs. He had became leader of the HMV Records New Mayfair Dance Orchestra in 1929. Its most popular vocalist was Al Bowlly who recorded the song in 1932. Incidentally, … Continue reading

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