18 March 2011
5 On Friday - Strike Up The Band
In line with my latest theme of music, music, music every day of the year, this day is truly special. On this day in history exactly 100 years ago today, Irving Berlin copyrighted "Alexander's Rag Time Band". According to Today in History, this single song was the multimillion-selling smash hit that helped turn American popular music into a major international phenomenon. Take the time to read the whole write up, because it is truly interesting.
So we start the set with The Andrews Sisters doing their WW II version still popular 30 years after this first copyright
Now you can't talk about Ragtime anything without a little Scott Joplin, here with the 1901 Peacherine Rag.
Then the absolute masterpiece that is the Broadway Show: Ragtime. Here with two great numbers, the opening montage that sets up all the various groups that will be bringing on the changes of the new century.
And, with all the union news lately, here is the very dramatic song from Ragtime about Emma Goldman and the Union movement that fought back against the robber barons.
So we started with Alexander then on to Ragtime and now we end with The Band: Take A Load Off Annie
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