Category Archives: 1940

My music of choice for 1940

Rodgers and Hart were an American song writing partnership between composer Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and the lyricist Lorenz Hart (1895–1943) that worked together on 28 stage musicals and more than 500 songs from 1919 until Hart’s death in 1943.  My favorite one is “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” – a show tune and popular song from 1940.   The song was first introduced on stage by Vivienne Segal on 25th December 1940. It was during Act I, Scene 6, and again as a reprise in Act II, Scene 4 during the Broadway production of Pal Joey.

The story was full of proper and literate rhymes as it explored a single moment of pure emotion without offering any psychological insight into the actual character.

‘I’m wild again; Beguiled again; A simpering, whimpering child again’

It was – it is – classic Lorenz Hart.

The story was actually based on a novella by John O’Hara about a night-club singer and the stage show was true to the spirit of the elegiac book.  The book was also felt to be a natural subject for Frank Sinatra and he bought the movie rights.

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War in England & Golf in America – two countries soon to be ‘playing together

On this day – Thursday 29th August 1940 – the Daily Sketch headlined: NAZIS RAID LONDON – AND 13 TOWNS.  The sub-headings said that ‘Mr. Churchill Sees Coast Battles’.  However, it was the ‘INSIDE INFORMATION’ piece that caught my eye.  The following are just three pieces from that information:

Many complaints are being made to the Minister of Home Security about the profiteering in the construction of brick-and-concrete bomb shelters.  Questions are to be asked when Parliament reassembles.

Anderson shelters are no longer obtainable.  Certain builders are taking advantage of this.  They are demanding – take it or leave it – from £30 to £50 for small family shelters which could be built at a profit of £20.

Frau Goebbels is becoming regal-minded.  She is going to Versailles to spend two weeks’ holiday at the Royal Palace.  A suite of rooms where once the King of France lived is being prepared for her.

 

The Sketch is not all ‘War Related’ though.  On page 10 we find the following ‘Caddie’s Nightmare’.  The caddie who carries the world’s heaviest golf bag is to get a rest.

Densmore Shute, American Ryder Cup golfer, has been rushed to hospital with appendicitis.
Denny’s bag was for long a caddies’ nightmare.  The heavyweight affair he had for the unofficial World Championship match with Henry Cotton at Walton Heath (UK) three years back was a fearful and wonderful thing.
It contained 20 clubs (6 woods & 14 irons), loads of golf balls, woollies, an outsize umbrella and golf shoes, and the victim, who I think used to carry the late Lord Lurgan’s clubs, estimated the weight at 50lb.
With the coming of the fourteen-club rule, Shute’s bag lost some corpulence, but I don’t think it’s true that his home caddy still offers to carry for both players when Shute goes out for a round.