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Much of Mrs. Mills popularity stemed from performing “sing along” songs. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town is a perfect example. Mrs. Mills chose songs with a simple lyric easy to sing and plays it at a slow tempo.
The song In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town sounds like a turn of the Century (1900-1910) song but it was actually written in 1932 by Ira Schuster, Jack Little (music), Joe Young (lyric.) It was a waltz, so it worked for slow dancing. Ted Lewis had the first recording in 1932; Johnny Long had the first #1 hit in 1946, and Doris Day sang it in the movie Lullaby of Broadway in 1951. For more see here.
I think among older audiences from the late 1940‘s to the early 1960‘s was a period of nostalgia. They had survived the Depression and World War II and the old songs revived memories from the past.
As I mentioned, I only recently discovered Mrs Mills. I remember a comparable popular act here in the United States around that time in the early sixties, “Sing Along with Mitch.” Mitch Miller had a lifelong career in the music industry as a classical musician, song writer, producer, television performer. His program came on in an early weekday evening. Mitch Miller had a long and very successful career in the music and entertainment industry in the U.S. But, I think Mrs. Mills had more charm as a performer.