BUDDY WEED, JAZZ PIANIST (1947)

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The year is 1947. Eugene Harold “Buddy” Weed was a solo pianist and music arranger for top bands and trios from the 1930s through the ’60s. In 1934, at the age of 16, Buddy joined Jack Teagarden’s Orchestra. Five years later, he was with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, where his distinctive Gershwin-styled arrangements became a trademark of the band. Following World War II, Buddy developed the first piano trio in America, paving the way for such artists as the Nat Cole Trio.

Buddy Weed (Pianist 1947) (O1)

1947 - Buddy Weed, Jazz Pianist

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SINATRA AT THE PARAMOUNT (1944)

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The year is 1944. In a matter of hours, tens of thousands of bobby soxers will be crowding around New York’s Paramount Theater, on this October 1st, hoping to get into the Frank Sinatra concert. 35,000 fans would remain outside. But for those lucky enough to experience the event – it was a night to remember.

We’re extending today’s blog to include THREE colorized photos from the New York Paramount appearance, because . . . . well, it’s FRANKIE!

1944 - Frank Sinatra - Paramount (R1)

1944 - Frank Sinatra - Paramount 1

Sinatra Sings (1944) (B&W)

1944 - Sinatra Sings - Paramount

Bobby Soxers At Frank Sinatra Show - Paramount (Oct.12, 1944) (R1)

1944 - Bobby Soxers - Paramount

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OH, FRANKIE! (1940)

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The year is 1940. It was a very good year for Frank Sinatra. On January 26th, he kicked off the new year as new male vocalist of the great Tommy Dorsey band, releasing 40 recordings during 1940. Frankie’s career took off like a rocket. By 1941, he was #1 in America, voted Top Male Vocalist in Billboard and Downbeat polls. With legions of young “bobby-soxers” screaming and fainting at the slightest sway of his slender frame, Frankie became America’s first teen idol.

On December 30, 1942, Frankie debuted at New York’s Paramount Theater backed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra to a packed house of screaming bobby-soxers. Sinatra recalled the night, “The sound that greeted me was absolutely deafening. It was a tremendous roar. Five thousand kids, stamping, yelling, screaming, applauding. I was scared stiff. I couldn’t move a muscle. Benny Goodman froze, too. He was so scared he turned around, looked at the audience and said, ‘What the hell is that?’. I burst out laughing.”

1940 - Frank Sinatra at CBS (O)

1940 - Oh, Frankie!

BOBBY SOXERS (1944)

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The year is 1944. America is at war. For the teen set, this is the Swing era – the sound of the Big Bands. Frank Sinatra is “The Voice”. Teenage girls clamor to see Frankie sing, so they can swoon . . . and scream. His legions of female fans are known as Bobby-Soxers. One look at the two high school girls hanging around the counter, tells you where the nickname sprang from. Teen life in the 1940s revolved around high school football games, the local malt shop, the movie theater, and music/record shops similar to this one in Webster Groves, Missouri. This is a classic photo in black & white – and it becomes a vehicle for transporting us into the 1940s, when colorized.

1944 - Teenagers in Music Store- Webster Groves, MO (December 1944) (R1)

1944 - Music Store - Webster Groves, MO

PILLOW TALK (1944)

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Welcome to American Photo Colorizing .coms’s photo blog. The year is 1944. Here’s a nice slice of American life on the home front during World War II. It may be the midnight hour somewhere in flyover country. A radio may be playing softly in the background. It was the era of the Big Bands: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, The Andrews Sisters. When two teenage girls burned the midnight oil, the pillow talk could last all night, and often did. This conversation from 70 years ago is lost to the ages, but is there any doubt they were talkin’ ’bout boys?

Pillow Talk 1944 (O)

1944 - Pillow Talk Girls

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BACK TO SCHOOL (1941)

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The year is 1941 – but teenage nature hasn’t really changed all that much in 72 years. There’s still the usually distractions to help one concentrate on their homework. Back in ’41, studying American History and Practical Math included a little boost from the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Andrews Sisters, and of course . . . Frankie.

But the days of carefree youth were about to collide with Infamy. Pearl Harbor loomed just three months away.
1941 - Back To School (O)

1941 - Back To School

PILLOW TALK (1944)

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The year is 1944. Here’s a nice slice of American life on the home front during World War II. A radio may be playing softly in the background. It was the era of the Big Bands: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, The Andrews Sisters. When two teenage girls burned the midnight oil, the pillow talk could last all night, and often did.

Pillow Talk 1944 (O)

1944 - Pillow Talk