Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Introduction
In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression and the extreme of unemployment, the American people on the whole were pretty optimistic. Does that sound a little strange to you? Well, it should: the same can't be said for the American people in the midst of the far less intense recession of the late 2000s.
"Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?", a sweet little showtune that also became the most popular song of the early 1930s, captures some of the sadness and disillusionment of the times. It also captures some of the innocence, summing up the mentality of dispossessed America with a "sharing-is-caring" message that today would strike a lot of people as downright socialistic.
Was Bing Crosby (the guy who did "White Christmas" and then got it stuck in our heads) a socialist? Hardly. But was the American outlook back then different from the American outlook now? Most definitely. Read on to find out just how much things have changed in the seven decades since Bing Crosby's brotherly crooning first went on the radio.
About the Song
|Artist||Bing Crosby||Musician(s)||Bing Crosby (vocals)|
|Album||"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (single)|
|Writer(s)||Jay Gorney and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg|
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