dinner music...

morrisonsMYmuseAugust 21, 2005

during dinner at my reception, i plan to play a collection of beautiful love songs from the forties... (i love forties music). i was inspired after i watched the movie 'The Notebook' but i don't really know much about music from that era. anyone have any suggestions of good songs to play or artists to look into? i kind of wanted softer music to be playing during dinner and we're going to move to more modern music when it comes time to dance... any ideas anyone?

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sheilajoyce_gw

'Swonderful (Smarvelous, that I'm in love with you...)

Think of all the songs from the Big Band Era. I am sure there is a site someone will refer you to so that you can check on dates of songs. Look at late night TV commercials for collections from the '30s and 40's.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 9:07PM
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grace3

I think Linda Ronstadt did an album of 40's music several years ago...and yes, it was an *album*, not a CD, which tells you how long ago it was.

Anyway, if I remember correctly, it was quite a nice compilation of Big Band standards. I'll see if I can find more info on it.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 10:04PM
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grace3

Okay...just checked on the Linda Rondstadt Big Band music. The one I was remembering -- her first, I think -- was "What's New". But she evidently did two more Big Band albums/CD's. They are "Lush Life" and "For Sentimental Reason". Amazon has all three. Nelson Riddle's orchestra is on all three.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 10:16PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Nelson Riddle is good -- go for it. He is of that era.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 7:58PM
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jennmonkey

Louis Armstrong has some good ones. And you can't go wrong with Etta James.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 8:00PM
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morrisonsMYmuse

can i get the names of some songs please... i've spent hours sifting through music and have only turned up four songs that i really like...

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 11:50PM
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grace3

Preferences in music can be so varied...

Perhaps if you tell us the names of the four songs you have found that you like, that would give us an idea of your taste in music, and the style you are looking for (dreamy vs. peppy vs. boogy, etc.)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 12:00AM
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colleenoz

Try Glenn Miller- somthing like String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, etc; Benny Goodman- Anything For You, Taking a Chance on Love etc; Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey.... depends on if you're looking for "Love" type titles or a style of music.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 12:06AM
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katclaws_mo

When I was looking for music for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary in 1999, I went to the time-life website to find out which songs were most popular in that era. Also, you can hear a portion of the song you've chosen.

I'd imagine you can burn your own CD's now, but back at that time I found some CD's and that's what we played as soft background music during dinner. I gave my parents the CD's afterwards and they loved hearing "their era music".

Good Luck ~~ katclaws

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 3:12PM
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katclaws_mo

I also forgot to mention www.musicchoice.com! They play songs on DishTV. You can look under Big Bands & Swing, plus a ton of other catagories like ShowTunes, Singers & Standards etc.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 3:18PM
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mary_md7

"Classic" Sinatra songs would fit in as well.

Fly Me to the Moon
I've Got You Under My Skin
Strangers in the Night
It Was a Very Good Year
Witchcraft
All of Me (or was that Tony Bennett?)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 3:56PM
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talley_sue_nyc

Benny Goodman's probably too early--his career started in the 1920s, reached its peak in 1938, and had begun to fade in the '40s.

Here is a link that might be useful: downloads of 1940s and early '50s music

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 2:41PM
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scarlett2001

Linda Ronstadt's 40's songs are great, but definitely in the sad category, lots of unrequited love, etc. I don't think it would produce the mood you are looking for.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2005 at 12:43PM
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