The two young musicians hired for a wedding were accepting song requests from the guests, many of whom were senior citizens. The duo -- a guy and a gal -- valiantly sang those that they had some familiarity with. But at least one, Angie's request for Jim Reeves' I Love You Because, was side-stepped, probably because they had never heard of it. I remarked that I knew quite a few of the songs of my parents' and older siblings' era.
Uncle then turned to me. "Have you heard of the song Green Eyes?" Oh, oh. No, I admitted (and I knew he was not referring to Coldplay's entirely different song of the same title).
So I checked online.
The Jimmy Dorsey composition, sung here by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell, was the No 1 hit in 1941 and was still popular in 1953.
Intrigued by Ms O'Connell's mellifluous voice, I found her 1939 rendition of All of Me (with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra):
Actually, I only knew of one song from my father... Seven Lonely Days. Here's the Georgia Gibb (1953) version:
I learnt about many more "Pioneer Generation" songs from my brothers, because they kept school exercise books with song lyrics neatly written in. They also had dog-eared pocket-sized songbooks.
Here's the melancholic Red River Valley, sung by Gene Autry:
Then there was the original Rose, Rose I Love You (sung by Hue Lee?)
This English version is by Frankie Laine:
Finally, this last song here of my brothers' era also has "red" in it... Red Sails In The Sunset, as sung by the legendary Bing Crosby: