Rewind to the Oldies!

Section Editor: Alex Brodofsky

Last month was the spookiest month of the year. With that, it was the perfect time to do the spookiest genre; Rap and Hip-Hop.

This month is almost the polar opposite. This month is all about thinking back about friendship and give thanks for all the people that helped us way back when; which ties back to this month’s genre: Oldies!

Some people have said things like:


The Ink Spots 


“Hey, that’s pretty good.” “That’s heckin’ snazzy!”

“I wish I could go back in time and live in the 30s!”

“It’s not as sad as some of this other garbage you people listen to.”

Everyone knows oldies, but if you don’t, Oldies are the Big Band music and old, scrubby sounding voices on an old transistor radio playing in the den of your house, or through a record player in the room where you keep your television. This is type of music that when you listen to it, you feel like you are transported back in time.

This includes greats like Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Crosby, and many, many more. They were all very famous singers that made millions! And back then, money was worth a lot more than it is now.

Here are some famous singers that you SHOULD know, and if you don’t, I would recommend you go listen to them immediately!

  • Across the Sea – Bobby Darin
  • Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra


    Bing Crosby

  • Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  • Orange Colored Sky – Nat “King” Cole
  • Easy Living – Billie Holiday
  • Anything Goes- Cole Porter
  • I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire – Ink Spots
  • Way Back Home – Bob Crosby
  • Dear Hearts and Gentle People – Bob Crosby
  • Butcher Pete (Parts 1 and 2) – Roy Brown
  • Mighty Mighty Man – Roy Brown
  • Way Back Home – Bob Crosby
  • Maybe – Ink Spots
  • Let’s go Sunning – Jack Shaindlin
  • Fox Boggie – Gerhard Trede
  • A Wonderful Guy – Tex Beneke
  • Happy Times – Bob Crosby
  • Boogie Man – Sid Philips
  • Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall – Ink Spots and Ela Fitzgerald
  • I’m Tickled Pink – Jack Shaindlin
  • Heartaches By the Number – Guy Mitchell
  • Rocket 69 – Connie Allen
  • Uranium Fever – Elton Britt
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight – Roy Brown
  • On More Tomorrow – Frankie Carle
  • Pistol Packin’ Mama – Bing Crosby
  • The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
  • The Wanderer – Dion
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Big Maybelle
  • Undecided – Ella Fitzgerald
  • Personality – Bing Crosby
  • Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive – Bing Crosby
  • Grandma Plays The Numbers – Wynonie Harris


    Frank Sinatra

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Louis Armstrong
  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • Nature boy – Nat “King” Cole
  • Frenesi – Artie Shaw
  • Stormy Weather – Lena Horne
  • The Gypsy – Ink Spots
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000 – Glenn Miller
  • Cool Water- Sons Of The Pioneers
  • Rum and Coca-Cola – Andrews Sisters
  • A Night in Tunisia – Dizzy Gillespie
  • Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) – Tex Williams
  • Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby) – Louis Jordan
  • Jukebox Saturday Night – Glenn Miller
  • Shoo-Shoo Baby – Andrews Sisters
  • Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition! – Kay Kyser
  • I’ve Heard That Song Before – Helen Forrest
  • (I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo – Glenn Miller

If I tried to even list a thousandth of these songs, it would take hundreds of pages because this genre goes from 1910-1970, so that’s a 6 decade time period. Even though there was so much wrong with that time period, everything seemed to be held together with fine arts like movies, plays, and music. These songs just make everyone think back to days of happiness, before the stress of cool, work, people, absolutely anything. I would sit in my house, throw a record on a player, and just drift off listening to music that took me back to 8th grade, when the world as I knew it was school, playing Minecraft, and watching movies in my basement. Think back on what you consider the good old days, then think about how happy everything seemed. Welcome to the world of the oldies.

All pictures derived from Creative Commons

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