Hops the Atlantic Neo Swing & WWII Soundtracks

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In GitJD Hops the Atlantic, we continue with the fun of a Neo swing and WWII soundtrack for Violet and June. Check out these songs for book two! It is the author’s intent that the soundtracks (chapter titles) for both June and Violet’s characters enhance each chapter. The specific versions of the songs were selected because they defined the mood of the chapter and are meant to enhance the reader’s experience.1940s songstress image

June’s selections come from the swing resurgence of the 1990s and fall into the genre of Neo swing with side jaunts into Rockabilly, Bluegrass, and Western Swing. Violet’s songs are gathered from the WWII Big Band Jazz Era with recordings from, but not limited to, the 1930s and 1940s.

For those interested in musicology, this index (by character and chapter) includes original information about the Neo Swing and WWII songs and lyrics.



1990s – June

1. Sing, Sing, Sing (Big Time Operator) written by Louis Prima, performed by Big Time Operator

3. Sway (Rosemary Clooney) composed by Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz performed by Rosemary Clooney

5. Beyond the Sea(Royal Crown Revue) Jack Lawrence, with music taken from the song “La Mer” by Charles Trenet performed by Royal Crown Revue

7. Swing Lover(Indigo Swing)  written by Johnny Boyd, performed by Indigo Swing

9. Baby What’s Up (New Morty Show) written by: Lyrics By  C. Champagne Additional Lyrics By, Music By  J. Quam

11. I laughed When I Think How I Cried Over You (Hot Club of Cowtown) Written by Maxine Fowler and James Robert Wills. (HCoCT version not available as MP3, try Bob Wills Version)

13. Destination Moon(New Morty Show)  Composed by Marvin Fisher with lyrics by Roy Alfred 1951

15. Go Go Go (Treniers) Lyrics and music by Claude Trenier, Don Hill,Gene Gilbeaux 1951

17. My One Desire(Stray Cats) Written by Dorsey Burnette

19. Undecided (Casey MacGill) written by Sid Robin and Charlie Shavers 1938

21. Mama Said (White Ghost Shivers) written by  Omar Leal

23. What’s Next (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) Composed by: Scotty Morris

25. Hey Pachuco (Royal Crown Revue) Composed by: Eddie Nichols

27. Put a Lit on It (Squirrel Nut Zippers) Composed by: Tom Maxwell

29. If You Want It Enough (Johnny Burnette) Composed by: Howard Grayson

31. Cool Thing (Alien Fashion Show) Composed by Alien Fashion Show Eldon Daetweiler

33. Second Era of Swing (Pete Jacobs & His Wartime Radio Revue) Composed by: Pete Jacobs

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1940s – Violet

2. Hit the Road to Dreamland (Betty Hutton) written by Harold Arlen,  lyrics by Johnny Mercer in 1942.

4. This Will Be an Everlasting Love (Natalie Cole) written by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy in 1975

6. My Pretty Girl (Fletcher Henderson) written by Charles Fulcher

8. G’Bye Now (Martha Tilton & Gordon Jenkins Orchestra) written Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Ole Olsen

10. Lord and Lady Gate (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) written by Don Raye and Gene DePaul in 1942

12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Andrews Sisters) Written-By  Don Raye, Hughie Prince in 1941 for Buck Privates

14. Thanks for the Boogie Ride (Anita O’Day) Composed by Sidney D. Mitchell, Richard Henry Buck in 1941

16. Song of the Volga Boatman (Glenn Miller) Traditional

18. They’ll Be Some Changes Made (Gene Krupa) Composed by Overstreet-Higgins 1939 Count Basie version

20. Keep Cool Fool (Ella Fitzgerald) Written-By  Doc Rhythm, Josef Myrow 1941

22. Buckin’ the Dice (Fats Waller) Composed by Tiny Parnham and Ed Kirkeby 1941

24. A Tisket, A Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald) music written Al Feldman and Ella Fitzgerald 1938

26.  I’m an Old Cowhand (Roy Rogers) composed by Johnny Mercer

28. You’d be so Nice to Come Home To (Jo Stafford) Composed by Cole Porter 1942

30. I’ve Heard That Song Before (Harry James Orchestra)  Written by Jule Styne And Sammy Cahn 1942

32. The Lonesome Road (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)  Composed by Gene Austin and Nathaniel Shilkret 1929.

34. Let the Good Times Roll (Louis Jordan) Composed Sam Theard, a New Orleans-born blues singer and songwriter and  Spo-de-ode Fleecie Moore

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  1. I’ve put together a playlist on you tube for some fun!