Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

Radio Days: The Depression Years

Episode 4

Episode date - September 6, 2019

How Music Changed

    In late October 1929, the mood of the nation changed suddenly and drastically when the stock market crashed, setting into motion a financial depression that would have an enormous impact on day-to-day life for the next ten years.

    The hardships that this incurred on almost every American inadvertently made radio more important than ever. First, radio provided information and news to a population desperate for a solution to their problems. Most importantly, though, radio provided free entertainment for those who could afford little else. It provided solace and united our nation at a time of great difficulty.

    Featured tracks include:

    I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Cliff Edwards

    Happy Days Are Here Again – Lou Levin

    The Stein Song – Rudy Vallee Trio

    Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams – Bing Crosby

    Falling in Love Again – Marlene Dietrich

    That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine – Gene Autrey

    Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

    We’re In the Money – Fred Astaire

    Rockin’ Chair – Mildred Bailey

    Paradise – Russ Columbo

    Dinah – Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers

    In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town – Ted Lewis and His Band

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