40s & 50s Music

Howard Slater

Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Over 55 clubs U3a. WI, Professional,Rotary, Probus, JACS etc e
Paid: 60
12th July 2020
World Of Entertainment | Songs | Big Bands

Afternoon of Nostalgia

The major genres of music in the 40s included big band, swing, jazz and patriotic. In the 1940s a lot happened in many countries around the world. There was war, economic turmoil and, of course, amazing music that still has influences today. The music of the era was classy yet fun.

The 1950's were a time of changes and the music of the decade both reflected the cultural changes that were happening while still holding on to the societal norms of the past. Following the detrimental effects of World War II, the UK was about to embark on a musical journey that would change the face of music for decades to come. Racial tensions were being strained with the beginning of the civil rights movement and music reflected many of those tensions. Rhythm & Blues (R&B) and Rock 'n' Roll popularized "black" music and many African-American musicians rose to prominence and enjoyed success, but while some were able to reap the benefits of their work, many others were forgotten or denied access to audiences through segregation.

This talk is for one hour and includes hits from the United Kingdom and the United States. The big band sounds, the crooners, rock & rollers, country and rhythm & blues.

Views: 41 | Enquiries: 0

About Howard Slater

Talk fees are £60 plus reasonable traveling expenses at 35p per mile when traveling more than 15 miles from Barnet, Hertfordshire. I am happy to travel to within the Greater London area as well as Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, and Kent. I am able to fill in at short notice, if available, and I can speak evenings or daytime.

My talks all use PowerPoint and videos, where relevant. The slides are richly illustrated and, for clarity, I keep the number of words on each slide to a minimum. Talks are typically are an hour long and I am always very happy to take questions.

I have a laptop, projector, stand and microphone and will require a screen or clear wall.

Talks are now by Zoom

Send a message to the speaker

If you are interested in this talk and wish to contact the speaker, please complete the following form:

Please provide your contact name
Please provide the name of your group
Your phone number so that the speaker can contact you
Your email address so that the speaker can contact you
Give details about the event, time of day and location