When Music And Lyrics Added So Much Meaning To Our Lives
The Nostalgic Music Of The 40's And 50's

The Songs Of The 40ís, And 
50ís Were Songs Of Nostalgia
~ By Frank E. Dee ~

In the 40ís Bobby Sockers were screaming and cheering at the old Paramount Theater in New York, to a new comer singer, called, Frank Sinatra, who at the time was the new kid on the block of the musical world of hit songs upon, hit songs.  

In 1944, on October 12 over 25,000 teenage fans jammed the Paramount Theater during the day to see and hear Frank Sinatra.  Fans, screamed, fans cheered, fans cried, and fans even fainted as Sinatra poured out his swooning type singing, that paralyzed the teenagers with his musical charm of crooning.  Sinatra was like the piped piper of song, who could lead any teenage girl into any music store to buy his recordings.  And buy them, they did.  Sinatra was one of the hottest singers to ever hit the decade of the 40ís, and even into the 50ís and up to the 90ís. and he still maintained his popularity up until his death.  He died of a heart attack Thursday, May 14, 1998.  He was 82.  Frank Sinatra became the premier romantic balladeer of American popular music and the `"Chairman of the Board'' to millions of fans.  Sinatra, truly is and was an icon of popular songs.  His songs and his music will continue to live on, and on, and on.  

Yes, the forties and fifties were nostalgic years filled of golden music memories for most of us, who remember this wonderful era of time, where songs helped us to identify our beautiful dreams of our past.  The juke boxes around the United States were spinning all the hit tunes of these songs for the cost of .5¢ (thatís right five cents per play) and for .25¢ (twenty five cents you would get an extra play) of 6 songs of your favorite hit recording.

The 1950ís era was a delightful era of time when, music flowed over every radio station in America, and everyone would listen to the hits of the day, be it at work or in the car or at the home.  

Record Hops was the in so called thing and  were jumping every Friday and Saturday night to the great hit tunes of this wonderful era.  

Your favorite hit songs of your favorite recording artists, on the old 78 platters were selling anywhere from .78 cents and up, depending what music store you patronized. The 45ís were in and so were the LPís.

Every Saturday night, the hit parade was aired on radio, and before long it was trasfered to TV.  When television came in, the Hit Parade Show continued to be a success. 

And how can we ever forget about the big bands?  Big Bands were in and teenagers were dancing in the aisles of theaters to Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, wherever they appeared.

One could go to their favorite Ice cream parlor, and sip on a five cent coke, and for 25 cents enjoy a hamburger, while listening to their favorite singing artists swoon.  As a teenager myself, I can remember going into my favorite ice cream parlor and passing by female teens of my age, who would be sitting in booths, and they would be actually crying to the songs being played on the juke box, by their favorite singing star.  Most singing stars of this era had the magical influence to magnetize their fan with their voice and the song to actually draw tears to the fan.  And this really did happen with female fans, with any new hit song being sung by the popular artist of that era.

Frank E. Dee Is A Freelance Writer
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