Crooners popularity rise and fall due to War



The first crooner, Gene Austin, burst onto the music scene after World War I. This was because of the recent victory that the United States experienced over Germany, and optimism throughout the nation was at an all time high. With victory came the smooth singing of the crooners, and their popularity rose as they breathed the meaning of love and virture into the hearts of Americans. Their pure singing style wooed millions, with their big bands and orchestras creating uplifting and sentimental feelings that hit deep into what patriotism really represents. In the Great American Songbook, crooners thrived. Their songs were America, and one major reason for that was because of the war. People wanted to latch onto anything that meant happiness, and the songs that the crooners sang oozed joy and a feel-good atmosphere.



However, with the development of WWII also began the demise of the crooners popularity. People began to want something even more upbeat, something that represented breaking out of the mold that was so “proper and sophisticated.” Led by the newly coined term “teenagers,” Elvis, his swinging hips, and Rock and Roll replaced the crooners as the most popular form of music in the mid-1950s and began to eliminate the crooners from the music charts until they almost disappeared in the mid-1960s (Reference 2)


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