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Liberty

1940's

Liberty

Liberty - 1940's

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor […]

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Take Me Back to Oklahoma

1940

Take Me Back to Oklahoma

Feature Film: Take Me Back to Oklahoma - 1940

  Bob Wills’ feature film debut including performances with Leon McAuliffe and Tex Ritter. Bob Wills is one of the most important musicians in the history of 20th century country music. The King of Western Swing, Wills’ songs have become an influential part of the repertoire of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, […]

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Hawaiian Hula Song

1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song

Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar - 1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During the last third of the song, the rhythm picks up, becoming swingy. Where Hawaiian traditional and American Jazz meet, practically western swing.  

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Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat

1940's

Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat

Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat - 1940's

In this film, Louis Jordan is going to school you on the difference between now and then, between yesterday and today, between the new and the old. Even back in the 1940’s, this ingenious musician, lyricist and performer, Louis Jordan, had it right. To this day, no one still could disagree & Today You Gotta […]

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Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

1940

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You - 1940's

Louis Jordan performs “How Long Must I Wait for You” with his Timpany Five. Considered by some to be no more than a long running novelty act, back in the day he battled Chick Webb and conceived lyrics with wit that rivals Dylan or any modern-day rapper.

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Independence Day

1940

Independence Day

Independence Day 1940

Strike up the band. Let’s celebrate the great day on which the Declaration of Independence was signed … July 4, 1776 … Be happy … Be glad we are living in the good old USA. Land of the free .. Home of fair play July 4th, 1940. PS: Get Well Soon.

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Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells

1940's

Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells

Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells - 1940's

Who doesn’t love a great yodeler? It’s Rosalie Allen, who taught herself to play music as a child in Pennsylvania on her brother’s guitar. Involving herself with radio, she scored her first hit covering Patsy Montana’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” In this piece, Rosalie sees her beau off to war, a scenario […]

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Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine

1940's

Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine

Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine - 1940's

In this clip, western-swing act Jimmy Wakely & the Sunshine Girls perform “You Are My Sunshine.” Jimmy Wakely was a Hollywood B-Western personality. With his career zenith during the studio system, Wakely would star in cowboy matinees and be featured in a comic book series. “You are my Sunshine,” one of the most covered songs […]

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