Author: Patrick Derrickson

The Songs of Boogie Woogie Radio Hour

Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, running until January 28, is a world premiere musical revue developed by and featuring Hedgerow favorites, Sarah Gafgen, Carl Smith, and Shaun Yates as well as some young faces–Gracie Guerin, and Joseph Colasante. The revue showcases your favorite tunes from the 1940’s such as those below. Check out their history!

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Writer: Don Raye and Hughie Prince

Recorded: January 2,1941

Released: January 1941

This song was first used as propaganda to encourage U.S. citizens to be a part of the peacetime draft a year before the United States had even entered World War 2.

When You Wish Upon A Star

Writer: Leigh Harline

Recoded: 1939

Released: 1940

The original version was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film Pinocchio. The song has since become the representative song of The Walt Disney Company.

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Writer and Composer: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren

Recorded: 1941

Released: 1941

It was originally recorded as a big-band/swing tune by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and featured as an extended production number in 20th Century Fox’s 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade. The Glenn Miller recording became the #1 song across the United States on December 7, 1941, and remained at #1 for nine weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart.

Puttin’ On the Ritz

Writer: Irving Berlin

Recorded: May 1927

Released: July 1928

It was introduced by Harry Richman and chorus in the musical film Puttin’ On the Ritz (1930). According to The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, this was the first song in film to be sung by an interracial ensemble.The title derives from the slang expression “to put on the Ritz”, meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the opulent Ritz Hotel.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Written by: June Hershey and Don Swander

Recorded 1941

Released: 1942

There were no fewer than five versions in the Billboard charts in 1942. “Deep in the Heart of Texas” spent five weeks at the top of Your Hit Parade in 1942 during its twelve week stay.

The first performance of Boogie Woogie Radio Hour is Thursday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m.  The show signs off Sunday January 28, at 2 p.m. Catch it while you can!

Tickets are $20. Price includes all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more information, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).