Epilogue: Into the 1940s

Burt Korall

in Drumminʼ Men

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195157628
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849468 | DOI:
Epilogue: Into the 1940s

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As the 1940s began, there was little evidence of the changes that were to dominate the next ten years. The music business was still built around the big bands. With the advent of World War II, music began to turn increasingly romantic. By the time the guys and gals began coming home from the war in 1945, music and the music business were quite different. After the great success of the Woody Herman First Herd in 1944 and 1945, it was clear that the public was moving away from the music and the musicians of the 1930s. Much of the music of the middle and late 1940s was not really appropriate for dancing. The choice in 1945, and for a few years thereafter, was between two polar opposites: the modem-jazz movement and the pop singers.

Keywords: Frank Sinatra; Jo Jones; Coleman Hawkins; Jimmy Blanton; modem-jazz movement; pop singers; World War II; amusement tax; popular music

Chapter.  1508 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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