Recently someone posted “Before Elvis there was nothing”. I replied “I beg to differ”. The truth is, before Elvis there was so much beautiful music. When you think about the singers like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, it is overwhelming to reflect upon all that talent. And those are just the men.
The ladies included Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Eydie Gorme, Bea Wain and so many more. Next Wednesday, our station will premiere our second show Movies Broadway Singers and Beyond Pays Tribute To The Ladies. Not only will we cover the work of the ladies mentioned above, we will include Barbra Streisand, Julie Budd, Roslyn Kind and others.
We hear so many reactions to the Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga performances that rely on taking your clothes off and dancing erotically in order to sell music. In days past, all you had to do is have a great voice and be able to entertain the public with it.
We have so many wonderful things in our society to make life better and easier for this generation. We have technology that the generations of the past never dreamt about. But how far have we come in the field of entertainment? When you think about the great movies of the past, and the great music you realize that audiences could appreciate all this wonderful talent without having to be embarrassed to see or hear it in front of their children.
I am trying not to be critical because I know every generation needs and wants to be represented in the world and they have that right. But for those of you who would like to know what it was like when music relied on great voices and musical compositions by composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others, please join us as we go back in time. The show premieres on Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00pm Eastern Time, 10:00am Pacific Time. Please join us.