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HITS OF 1940 Original Recordings For much of the world, 1940 was the first full year of World War II. Hitler annexed Austria, invaded Denmark and Norway,...

Disc 1


    Frenesi (more info)
    Performed by: Artie Shaw Orchestra
    Composed by: Artie Shaw Alberto Dominguez
    Recording date: 3rd March 1940

  1. Frenesi - 3:09


  2. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (more info)
    Performed by: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
    Composed by: Jimmy van Heusen
    Frank Sinatra, vocals
    Lennie Niehaus, alto saxophone
    Recording date: 4th March 1940

  3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams - 3:24


  4. La Piccinina, "Ferry Boat Serenade" (more info)
    Performed by: Vic Schoen Orchestra
    Composed by: Eldo di Lazzaro
    Recording date: 15th July 1940

  5. Ferryboat Serenade (La Piccinina) - 3:08


  6. Trade Winds (more info)
    Composed by: Cliff Friend Bing Crosby
    Recording date: 1st July 1940

  7. Trade Winds - 3:18


  8. Make Believe Island (more info)
    Composed by: Will Grosz
    Mary Ann Mercer, vocals
    Recording date: 4th April 1940

  9. Make Believe Island - 3:13


  10. Friendship (more info)
    Performed by: Kay Kyser Orchestra Victor Young Orchestra
    Composed by: Cole Porter
    Judy Garland, vocals
    Harry Babbitt, vocals
    Ginny Simms, vocals
    Jack Martin, vocals
    Ish Kabibble, vocals
    Johnny Mercer, vocals
    Recording date: 15th April 1940

  11. Friendship - 2:56


  12. Imagination (more info)
    Performed by: Glenn Miller Orchestra
    Composed by: Glenn Miller Jimmy van Heusen
    Ray Eberle, vocals
    Recording date: 19th February 1940

  13. Imagination - 2:51


  14. Maybe (more info)
    Performed by: Bert Ambrose Orchestra
    Composed by: Frank Madden Allan Flynn
    Conducted by: Bert Ambrose
    Anne Shelton, vocals
    Recording date: 11th June 1940

  15. Maybe - 3:07


  16. Pinocchio (more info)
    Performed by: Victor Young Orchestra
    Composed by: Leigh Harline
    Vera Lynn, vocals
    Cliff Edwards, vocals
    Recording date: April, 1940

  17. When You Wish Upon A Star - 3:10


  18. Darn That Dream (more info)
    Performed by: Benny Goodman Orchestra
    Composed by: Jimmy van Heusen
    Mildred Bailey, vocals
    Benny Goodman, clarinet
    Recording date: 22nd November 1939

  19. Darn That Dream - 3:01


  20. The Breeze And I (more info)
    Performed by: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
    Composed by: Ernesto Lecuona
    Bob Eberly, vocals
    Recording date: 18th April 1940

  21. The Breeze And I - 3:00


  22. I'm Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight (more info)
    Performed by: Jack Miller Orchestra
    Composed by: Allie Wrubel
    Kate Smith, vocals
    Recording date: 15th February 1940

  23. I'm Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight - 2:32


  24. Only Forever (more info)
    Performed by: John Scott Trotter Orchestra Bert Ambrose Orchestra
    Composed by: Bing Crosby James V. Monaco
    Conducted by: Bert Ambrose
    Anne Shelton, vocals
    Recording date: 14 February 1941

  25. Only Forever - 3:09


  26. Tuxedo Junction (more info)
    Performed by: Glenn Miller Orchestra
    Composed by: Glenn Miller William Johnson Erskine Hawkins Julian Dash
    Recording date: 5th February 1940

  27. Tuxedo Junction - 3:30


  28. Careless (more info)
    Performed by: Bert Ambrose Orchestra Dick Jurgens Orchestra
    Composed by: Lew Quadling Dick Jurgens
    Vera Lynn, vocals
    Eddie Howard, vocals
    Recording date: February, 1940

  29. Careless - 2:51


  30. I'll Never Smile Again (more info)
    Performed by: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
    Composed by: Ruth Lowe
    Frank Sinatra, vocals
    Recording date: 23rd May 1940

  31. I'll Never Smile Again - 3:14


  32. Reginella camoagnola, "Woodpecker song" (sung in English) (more info)
    Performed by: Vic Schoen Orchestra Lou Bring Orchestra
    Composed by: Eldo di Lazzaro C. Bruno
    Gracie Fields, vocals
    Recording date: 21st February 1940

  33. Woodpecker Song - 2:56


  34. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano (more info)
    Composed by: Leon Rene
    Recording date: 13th May 1940

  35. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano - 2:59


  36. Fools Rush In (more info)
    Performed by: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Ray Sinatra Orchestra
    Composed by: Rube Bloom
    Frank Sinatra, vocals
    Tony Martin, vocals
    Recording date: 31st March 1940

  37. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - 2:51


  38. Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar (more info)
    Performed by: Will Bradley Orchestra
    Composed by: Hugh Prince Ray McKinley Eleanore Sheehy Don Raye
    Conducted by: Will Bradley
    Freddie Slack, piano
    Recording date: 21st May 1940

  39. Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar - 5:10

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