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The History of Pop Radio, Vol. 12: 1945-1946 [OSA/Radio History]

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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

The 12th volume of the 15-CD box set The History of Pop Radio released by the History label of Germany marks a big change from its immediate predecessors in the series. While previous volumes have included the occasional early country or R&B track, this one integrates such selections prominently, making for a varied mix of music from the period 1945-1946. As usual, some of the biggest hits of the era are included in their original recordings by some of the most popular recording artists, notably Les Brown's "You Won't Be Satisfied" (credited to singer Doris Day) and Dinah Shore's "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly." In fact, half of the tracks were pop chart hits. There are also titles from the country charts (Bob Wills' "Roly Poly" and Merle Travis' "Cincinnati Lou"). With the exceptions of the two Louis Jordan tracks, the R&B and jazz material does not feature any hits, but it does feature the likes of Nat "King" Cole, Champion Jack Dupree, Sarah Vaughan, and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, the last introducing "That's All Right," which Elvis Presley later covered for Sun Records in an early example of rock & roll. (The album title notwithstanding, these are almost all studio recordings, though Sarah Vaughan's "Don't Blame Me" is an Aircheck that the compilers seem to have borrowed from the LP Dizzy Gillespie '46 Live at the Spotlite, originally released on the Swiss Hi-Fly label.) The result is an album perhaps less interested in chronicling the most popular music of the mid-'40s than in anticipating later trends.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dottie Reid 02:50 Amazon
2 Jo Stafford 03:16 Amazon
3 Nat King Cole 03:24 Amazon
4 Louis Jordan 02:42 Amazon
5 June Christy 02:43 Amazon
6 Bob Wills 02:36 Amazon
7 Doris Day 03:04 Amazon
8 Jack William Dupree 02:25 Amazon
9 June Christy 02:35 Amazon
10 Danny Kaye 02:20 Amazon
11 Gerry Gray / Margaret Whiting 03:11 Amazon
12 Nat King Cole 03:01 Amazon
13 Buddy Clark / Anita Gordon 03:16 Amazon
14 Sarah Vaughan 03:47 Amazon
15 Merle Travis 02:36 Amazon
16 Louis Jordan 02:45 Amazon
17 Dinah Shore 03:11 Amazon
18 Tex Williams 02:58 Amazon
19 Peggy Lee 02:59 Amazon
20 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 02:51 Amazon
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