1914 musicAccording to The Centenarian.com, those 100 years old or more are the fastest growing part of the population.

Current estimates put the figure of total centenarians worldwide at about 450,000…. In total numbers the United States has the most centenarians with current estimates as high as 72,000. If the population of centenarians continues to increase at its current rate of expansion there could be close to 1 million people of 100 years of age or more by 2050 residing in the US.

Seeing this, having people participating in my groups who are (or are near) 100 along with National Centenarian Day (September 22nd) was enough to inspire me to  consider sharing music from 1914.

Even for those older adults whose parents would be of that age range, many of the songs have lasted the years.

Most of the songs you’ll find in this list are ones to sing though a few are instrumental. These are the songs those I serve are most likely to recognize.

Songs written in 1914

  • “The Aba Daba Honeymoon”  – This was used in a 1951 movie with Debbie Reynolds so it is familiar to “younger” older adults.
  • “By The Beautiful Sea” – Walt Disney shared this one in sing-alongs so even boomers may know this one.
  • “Colonel Bogey March” – Those who played in bands may remember playing this one. They may even know the “Comet-Vomit” parody.
  • “La Cucaracha” – A spanish tune that made its way from Mexico to the US.
  • “Keep the Home Fires Burning” – A touching war song that viewers of the TV show MASH may also remember.
  • “Love’s Own Sweet Song” – A love song I learned at the request of an individual many years ago. Chances are people know portions of the song.
  • “Missouri Waltz” – This song has been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash. Living next door in Kansas, it is one many people know.
  • “St. Louis Blues” – See if they recognize this one.

Songs popular in 1914

  • #1 By the Beautiful See by the Heidelberg Quintet
  • #2 It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary by American Quartet
  • #5 Ballin’ the Jack by Prince’s Orchestra
  • #6 Aba Daba Honeymoon by Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan
  • #9 By the Beautiful Sea by Ada Jones and Billy Watkins
  • #40 When You Wore a Tulip by American Quartet

 Other resources.

  •  Check out the YouTube Music in 1914
  • News events of note:
    • World War I started.
    • The opening of the Panama Canal after 10 years of construction. Maybe someone has been through the Canal.
  • Cleveland had the world’s first red and green traffic lights are installed.
  • That year’s World Series the Boston Braves defeated Philadelphia A’s (4-0)
  • Charlie Chapman appeared on the big screen in his most famous character – the Little Tramp.
  • Experimentation with peanuts by George Washington Carver started. They became a new cash crop for southern farmers.
  • Check out this Cleveland news article about 1914 giving birth to famous first

What other music or memories from people born in 1914 could you share?


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