The not inconsiderable art of writing popular ballads seems to have flourished most excitingly during the Thirties and early Forties. There were good songs before, certainly, and there have been since, but in retrospect (or is it only nostalgia?) composers and lyricists of that period seem to have reached and maintained an astonishingly high level of creativity. There were plenty of novelties. too, in that period roughly between The Hut Sit Song and Too Fat Polka, but it is the ballads that are best remembered and most often heard.
Label: Philips BBL 7302