In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town — Mrs. Mills

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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.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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