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04/11/2012

On the eve of the US presidential election, Russell looks at some of the ways the White House and its incumbents have found their way into popular music over the decades.

On the eve of the US Presidential Election, Russell looks at some of the ways the White House and its incumbents have found their way into popular music over the decades.

There's a salutary warning to Messrs Obama and Romney, from Eydie Gormé: You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You. Then mentions of past elections in Whiteman's Rhythm Boys' Wa-Da-Da, and Irving Aaronson's Crazy Words, Crazy Tune lead to a famous popular song written by a Vice President (It's All In The Game based on Charles Dawes' Melody in A Major).

After a diversion about another song - It's All In The Mind - we hear the sarcastic We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover from the show Annie. F D R Jones and a song in 'tribute' to one of Roosevelt's projects - The W P A - both involve The Mills Brothers; before Russell shoehorns in more acronyms with That Certain Party (T.C.P.) and I'll See You In C.U.B.A.

Then back, via George M Cohan, to Presidential matters, leading to Matt Dennis and Give Her A Kiss. A rare song, A White House Of Our Own, is displayed for its neat lyric after which Ella Fitzgerald concludes matters with her version of Cry Me A River.

57 minutes

Last on

Sun 4 Nov 2012 21:00

Music Played

  • Eydie Gormé

    You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

    “Eydie Gormé – Since I Fell For You” [LP]

    • Applause.
    • APLP 1002.
  • Paul Whiteman’s Rhythm Boys

    Wa-Da-Da

    “Chronological Bing Crosby Volume 5: 1928-29”

    • Jonzo.
    • JZCD 5.
  • Irving Aaronson and His Commanders

    Crazy Words, Crazy Tune

    “Vintage Charleston: Original Recordings 1924-28””

    • Bygone Days.
    • BYD 77072.
  • Dinah Shore

    It's All In The Game

    “’S Wonderful With Dinah Shore”

    • Vocalion.
    • CDUS 3029.
  • Sarah Vaughan

    It's All In The Mind

    “Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi

    • Columbia Legacy.
    • CK 65117.
  • Broadway Cast Of “Annie”

    We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover

    “Original Broadway Cast: “Annie””

    • Masterworks Broadway.
    • 749909.
  • The Mills Brothers

    F.D.R.Jones

    “The Mills Brothers Chronological Volume Six”

    • JSPI.
    • JSP CD 345.
  • Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers

    W.P.A.

    “Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions”

    • Mosaic.
    • MD7 243.
  • Doris Day & Buddy Clark

    That Certain Party

    “Doirs Day 1947-1950 – It’s Magic ”

    • Bear Family.
    • BCD 15609 FK.
  • Mary Cleere Haran

    I'll See You In C-U-B-A

    “Mary Cleere Haran: There’s A Small Hotel”

    • Columbia.
    • CK 52403.
  • Matt Dennis

    Give Her A Kiss

    “Matt Dennis: Welcome Matt: 4 Complete Albums”

    • Jasmine.
    • JASCD 697.
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra

    A White House Of Our Own

    “78 Rpm Single, Never Released On LP Or CD”

    • Victor [78 RPM Single].
    • 24236b [US Issue].
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Cry Me A River

    “Ella Fitzgerald: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie”

    • Verve.
    • 835 646-2.

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