Friday 12 July 2019


Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington (1899-1974)
You can't overestimate the power of music: during the Great Depression, which took a hold in the United States from 1929 (the Wall Street crash in October launched the country off a cliff) and lasted for much of the 1930s, it was music - jazz music - that got people dancing.

Of course the country was still in freefall - but listening to, and dancing to, this surgent musical uprising (often during 24 hour Dance Marathons) was what got a lot of Americans though one of the bleakest periods in modern history.

They'd be throwing shapes to stuff like this. Duke Ellington's band would often go by a string of aliases. This was one of them.

The Whoopee Makers - Flaming Youth (1929)


  1. I'm enjoying your latest series idea, John!

  2. Thank you Marie; though series is stretching it a bit! I think I'll stay clear of 1959 - that's your area of expertise...

  3. It's all going a bit wrong in 2019 as it did in 1929 - The upside is the 2020s might be a vintage decade for music. There certainly does seem to be a correlation.

    1. It's all going wrong alright. Can't see it getting better anytime soon Alyson...