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Let's all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mother was born...

 
 
Reply Sat 16 Sep, 2017 07:55 pm
My mom is 84, which means she was born in 1933.

This was the number one song in 1933:



What was the number one song in the year your mother was born?
 
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 16 Sep, 2017 08:10 pm
Believe it or don't, from 1923

It charted by two other artists in 1922.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 16 Sep, 2017 08:40 pm
According to the all-knowing internet, this was the number one hit in 1920:



(EDIT: And you've given me a song to add to my Beatles thread.)
Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 16 Sep, 2017 08:54 pm
The Girl has asked me to find the number one song in Germany in 1931, when her mother was born. (Where her mother was born is now in Russia, it was taken over in 1945.) The song is "Die Mutter" (The Mother):

lmur
 
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Reply Sat 16 Sep, 2017 09:23 pm
From 1938. Artie Shaw, Begin the Beguine.

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centrox
 
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Reply Sun 17 Sep, 2017 02:43 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:
According to the all-knowing internet, this was the number one hit in 1920: [Swanee]

I wonder if there are any statues of Al Jolson that need toppling? (Quick Google search) Yup!
http://www.seeing-stars.com/Images/Slides/AlJolsonStatue.JPG

You could buy these in 1973:
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTQ0-2lmtR-lWK6nIaXu8YXR1VJhXaFW3CoZTmirA-2xeagp3UL1Q
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 17 Sep, 2017 07:39 am
This is a lovely collection of music! Thank you all for contributing.

I'm kind of dying to know the translation to "The Mother". I expected something saccharine and it obviously isn't.
boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 17 Sep, 2017 07:43 am
Here's what my kid would have to post for me, somehow it doesn't capture the feel of what the 1960s would become.

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 17 Sep, 2017 07:59 am
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 17 Sep, 2017 08:12 am
@Setanta,
Helene Weigel was the original singer of that song (not online).
Here she is with another Brecht song, from 1932 as well (Das Frühjahr kommt - 'Spring arrives')

jespah
 
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Reply Sun 17 Sep, 2017 10:20 am
@boomerang,
My mother was born in January 1933 so I'll give you both 1932 and 1933.

1932:


1933:

Of course this one relates to the Great Depression.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 17 Sep, 2017 10:35 am
@boomerang,
It is the theme to Brecht's Mother Courage

a modern English language take



lyrics

http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Duke_Special:Mother_Courage

Quote:
To feed a war you have to pillage
But let your soldiers rest a bit
For what they need here's Mother Courage
With woollen coats and boots that fit
Their heads ablaze with lice and liquor
The boys are marching to the beat
I guarantee they'll step it quicker
With boots upon their blistered feet

Now spring has come and winter's dead
The snow has gone so draw a breath
Let Christian souls crawl out of their beds
Pull on their socks and conquer death

Unless his belly's full of porridge
A soldier's sure to turn and run
By him some grub from Mother Courage
So he'll know where to point his gun
They fight for God and legal tender
I'll see them clothed and feed them well
And bless the boys in all their splendour
As they march down the road to hell

Now spring has come and winter's dead
The snow has gone so draw a breath
Let Christian souls crawl out of their beds
Pull on their socks and conquer death


now there's something to dance to Shocked
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Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2017 01:46 am
My mother was born in 1911. The number one song that year was "Some of These Days" sung by Sophie Tucker.

roger
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2017 02:25 am
@Roberta,
Hey, so was mine.
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ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2017 09:02 am
@Walter Hinteler,
My mother was born on November 30th, 1901.

The No. 1 song was Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa's Band.

My computer is having one of its taffy moments - can't cut and paste the band.
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George
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2017 09:23 am


Mom was born in 1921.
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