As the 1940s wore on, the end of the big band/swing era resulted in changes on the pop music horizon. This fourth disc in Rhino's latest pre-rock series, Billboard Pop Memories: 1945-1949 shows how sophisticated, jazzy fare declined, and forgettable, novelty numbers reigned. Peggy Lee's "Mañana," with its phony Afro-Latin vocal and exaggerated rhythms, Dinah Shore's "Buttons and Bows," and Frankie Carle's "Rumors Are Flying" were symptomatic of the lightweight lyrical fare that dominated the era's popular music. The CD also features breezy, pleasant but ultimately trivial material from Ted Weems, Les Brown, Russ Morgan and Vaughn Monroe.
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AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn