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ABC Classics is proud to present The Great Gatsby: Hit Songs of the 1920s – a riotous collection of songs and dance hits that perfectly captures the spirit of one of the most liberating, influential, radical and decadent decades of the modern age.
The 1920s were a time of great social and cultural upheaval: jazz and flappers, socialism and feminism, revolutions in Russia, Ireland and China, and rapid shifts in art, literature, music and fashion. It was a glorious golden age in America, the UK and across Europe. The magic of film and the glory of Hollywood had been introduced to the world, it was the age of the automobile and the airplane, and the relaxing of once dark and repressive social mores, in a spirited and hopeful post-war period of progress.
It was a cultural high water mark that preceded the inevitable fall that came with the stock market crash, the Great Depression and the horror of the Second World War.
This larger-than-life compilation features some of the era’s most renowned composers – including Irving Berlin, Spencer Williams, Richard Rodgers, Fats Waller and Walter Donaldson. Classic performances come from Bing Crosby, Gene Austin, Ruth Etting, Miff Mole, Bix Beiderbecke, the Dorsey Brothers, Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, The Knickerbockers, Ted Lewis & his Orchestra, The Charleston Chasers and many more.
These are the songs heard and enjoyed by the likes of Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald – the magnificent musical world of The Beautiful and Damned, This Side of Paradise and, of course, The Great Gatsby.
So ‘Button Up Your Overcoat’ and head off to the ‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball, make sure you ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’, and before you know it, you’ll be ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ as you ‘Charleston’ your way into the fabulous Roaring Twenties!
1 Black Bottom
2 Puttin’ on the Ritz
3 Little by Little
4 Sentimental Me
5 Some of These Days
6 Button Up Your Overcoat
7 Dippermouth Blues
8 Makin’ Whoopee
11 You Took Advantage of Me
12 You’re the Cream in My Coffee
13 Ain’t Misbehavin’
14 The Darktown Strutters’ Ball
15 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
16 A Smile Will Go a Long, Long Way
18 Someday, Sweetheart
19 Farewell Blues
21 Here Comes My Ball and Chain
24 After You’ve Gone
25 Where’d You Get Those Eyes?