D. Whiteman - the 1930's

from Mass Observation jazz directive, respondent 1012, January 1939, pages 9-11:

I don’t think jazz of itself has ever meant sufficient to me for me to have given it serious thought before. But I’m attached to certain tunes for their personal associations – e.g. ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’ + ‘The Lady in Red’ – they played them a lot at the first dance or two I went to (I was about 15), ‘When I grow too old to Dream’ – a friend used it in her music-hall act. ‘Let’s put out the light + go to sleep’ – a pleasant party. ‘Sitting in the Dark’ – well worn on a caravan holiday. On the whole I prefer the more wistful sort of things (’When I grow…   more >>
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D. Whiteman, Mass Observation jazz directive, respondent 1012, January 1939. In University of Sussex, number 1012, p. 9-11. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1385486640040 accessed: 21 September, 2017


D. Whiteman

Listening to

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Let's put out the light and go to sleep
Cafe in the square
Sitting in the dark
The Lady in Red
written by Allie Wrubel
When I grow too old to dream
written by Sigmund Romberg
Any umberellas
Dancing Cheek to Cheek
written by Irving Berlin

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1930's
Medium live, broadcast, playback


The original MO project ran from 1937 to 1949 with the aim of compiling ‘a weather map of popular feeling’. This is an extract from a volunteer’s response to what was called a ‘directive’; this directive requested views on jazz.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:24:07 +0000