The Game of Love & Death: 1930s Jazz Music

For today’s Book of the Month post, we’re going beyond The Game of Love & Death itself, and we’re exploring a topic featuring prominently in the story: 1930s jazz music. There’s a lot to cover in one little decade of music, but today we’re bringing you just the briefest overview to whet your whistle.

Jazz Greats of the 1930s

Millposter1Jazz music became wildly popular in the U.S. in the 1930s, and several composers and band leaders were at the forefront of the genre. Here are some of the key figures in jazz (swing & big band) music during the ’30s:

Hit Songs of the 1930s

You may think you don’t know any music from the 1930s — but chances are, you’ll recognize at least one (if not more) of these hits from the era:

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing)” by Duke Ellington & Irving Mills

“Sing Sing Sing” by Louis Prima

“Night & Day” by Cole Porter

“Pennies from Heaven” by Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke

“In the Mood” by Glenn Miller

“I Got Rhythm” by George & Ira Gerswhin

“Embraceable You” by George & Ira Gershwin



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