This summer, I’m going to have some time on my hands. I’ve decided to do some radio programs on music that didn’t come from the 1980s.
Since this is the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII, I thought it would be a good idea to do a show on music from that period.
This is what I have so far:
[li]Andrews Sisters: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy[/li][li]Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star[/li][li]Johnny Mercer: Accentuate the Positive[/li][li]Glenn Miller: String of Pearls[/li][li]Glenn Miller: Pennsylvania 6-5000[/li][li]Glenn Miller: In the Mood[/li][/ul]
You could try some of the tunes on this album:
Specially released in the UK for VE day - might be more Britain focused, but may have some worth looking at.
We’ll Meet Again / When The Lights Go On Again / I’ll Pray For You-Vera Lynn
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy-Andrews Sisters
That Lovely Weekend-Dorothy Carless With Geraldo & His Orchestra
In The Mood-Joe Loss & His Band
You’ll Never Know-Vera Lynn
I’m Nobody’s Baby-Nat Gonella & His Georgians
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To-Hutch
Shoo Shoo Baby-Andrews Sisters
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square-Vera Lynn
You Are My Sunshine-Harry Roy & His Band / Vocal Marjorie Kingsley
Put Your Arms Around Me Honey-Joe Loss & His Orchestra / Vocal Elizabeth Batey
Pennsylvania 65000-Harry Roy & His Band / Vocal The Roylets
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree-Andrews Sisters
As Time Goes By-Turner Layton
I’ve Got A Girl In Kalamazoo-Geraldo & His Orchestra / Vocal George Evans
Who’s Taking You Home Tonight / Wishing / Wish Me Luck-Vera Lynn
Chatanooga Choo Choo-Johnny Claes & His Band / Vocals Irene King & Benny Lee
Be Careful It’s My Heart-Harry Roy & His Band Vocal Marjorie Kingsley
Chick Henderson With Joe Loss & His Band-My Prayer
Beer Barrel Polka-Andrews Sisters
I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire / Maybe / Coming Home-Vera Lynn
This Is The Army Mister Jones / I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen / It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow-Vera Lynn
This Is No Laughing Matter-Matter Geraldo & His Orchestra / Vocal Dorothy Carless
Beat Me Daddy Eight To A Bar-Andrews Sisters
I’ll Be Seeing You-Vera Lynn
Someday Monday Always-Harry Roy & His Band / Vocal Marjorie Kingsley
Moonlight Cocktail-Joe Loss & His Orchestra / Vocal Harry Kaye
Lili Marlene-Vera Lynn
Lamplighters Serenade-Geraldo & His Orchestra / Vocal George Evans
Sand In My Shoes-Hutch
Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie-Geraldo & His Orchestra / Vocal Three Boys & A Girl
Run Rabbit Run-Harry Roy & His Band / Vocal The Roylets
The White Cliffs Of Dover-Vera Lynn
Don’t Get Around Much Any More-Harry Roy & His Band / Vocal Marjorie Kingsley
Ferry Boat Serenade-Andrews Sisters
At Last-Geraldo & His Orchestra / Vocal Beryl Davis & Len Camber
Bless ‘Em All / The Washing On The Siegfried Line / Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major-Vera Lynn
Why Don’t You Fall In Love With Me-Harry Roy & His Band / Vocal Marjorie Kingsley
I’m Sending My Blessings-Dorothy Carless With Geraldo & His Orchestra
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles-Nat Gonella & His Georgians Vocal Stella Moya
I’ll Never Smile Again-Joe Loss & His Orchestra / Vocal Sam Browne
Don’t Fence Me In / If I Had My Way / Deep In The Heart Of Texas-Vera Lynn
Sentimental Journey-Cliff Richard
Blood Toil Tears And Sweat (Taken from Sir Winston Churchill’s Famous Wartime Speeches)
In A Solemn Hour (Taken from Sir Winston Churchill’s Famous Wartime Speeches)
We Shall Fight On The Beaches (Taken from Sir Winston Churchill’s Famous Wartime Speeches)
The War Of The Unknown Warriors (Taken from Sir Winston Churchill’s Famous Wartime Speeches)
End Of The War In Europe (Taken from Sir Winston Churchill’s Famous Wartime Speeches)
May 4, 2005, 2:03pm
I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen
Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry
So Long, Mama, I’m Off to Yokahama*
There’ll Be Bluebirds Over (The White Cliffs of Dover)
We’ll Meet Again
Der Fuerher’s Face
Contain the deathless lyric:
“A million fightinm’ sons of Uncle Sam, if you please
Will soon have all those Japs right down on their Jap-a-knees”
Artie Shaw’s band: Begin the Beguine
Which, btw, you have on that CD I gave you. :dubious:
Benny Goodman Orchestra: “Sing Sing Sing”
The Andrews Sisters: “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” (although I prefer a modern recording of it by Janis Siegel, from the Swing Kids soundtrack.)
And I agree on anything by Duke Ellington.
I know. I was going by what I had on my computer, and I haven’t ripped the CD yet.
May 4, 2005, 5:30pm
Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
She a popular singer in England during the war.
Remember how she used to say, ‘We’ll meet again some sunny day.’?
What has become of her?
Andrew sisters–Rum and Coca-Cola
Anything by Bix–I’m Coming Virginia
Duke Ellington–Loose Lips Sink Ships
It Had to Be You–numerous versions
Sentimental Journey–Peggy Lee I think, Dinah Shore?
Benny Goodman–Sing, Sing, Sing
I Don’t Want to Walk Without You–Bing Crosby
Check out the Smithsonian’s 2-CD compilation
We’ll Meet Again. It doesn’t have some of the big obvious choices (“Rum and Coca-Cola” for instance), but it’s a terrific collection all the same. Marlene Deitrich’s English-language “Lili Marlene” (a big hit with the troops) by itself is almost worth the price.
“We will cweate … a world fow two …”
May 4, 2005, 11:16pm
Well the song is not from WWII, but it is about it :
Roads to Moscow by Al Stewart or Supertramp’s Fool’s Overture. Woodie Guthrie’s Sinking of the Reuben James is from WWII though.
Praise the loird and pass the ammunition and we’ll all stay free*
May 4, 2005, 11:26pm
Edith Piaf- La Vie en Rose
May 4, 2005, 11:38pm
:smack: How could I forget these songs : Blue Oyster Cult
Me-262 and Mel Brooks’ Springtime for Hitler
May 4, 2005, 11:41pm
Vera Lynn is still alive, though her public appearances have become few and far between in recent years on account of her age.
“Stardust”-my personal favorite version is by Glenn Miller from the WWII broadcasts.
Since I’m partial to Mr. Miller, here are some other favorites:
“I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo”
“Chatanooga Choo Choo”
“St. Louis Blues”
“I Know Why And So Do You”
“Song of the Volga Boatmen”
“My Blue Heaven”
Let’s see, others, (gotta think of some of the songs they play on the digital stations)
“Mood Indigo”-Duke Ellington
“Cream Puff”-Artie Shaw
“Beat Daddy, Eight to the Bar”-Ray McKinley and someone else I can’t remember
Reading all those songs, wow, the nostalgia!
To answer the OP’s question, almost
all the 40s songs were great. Well, perhaps excepting such as Mairzy Doats or Three Little Fishes
G. I. Jive