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  1. 107thcav

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    Okay, so beat me down if this is already on here. I looked and could'nt find a link. If it is'nt than I can't believe it has not been discussed. What is your favorite songs or singers of the war years. I'll even settle for anything 1945 down to America's civil war era. Any music, any nationality.
    My favorites are:
    Bing Crosby--White Christmas
    Dinah Shore--I'll walk alone
    Johnny Mercer--G.i. Jive
    Spike Jones and his city slickers--Der Fuehrer's Face
    Frank Sinatra--I'll be seeing you
    Gracie Fields--wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
    George Formby--Seargent Major
    Countless others but now it's your turn to sound off.
     
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    A few of my favorites.

    Bonnie Blue Flag. US Civil War.
    When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again. US Civil War.
    Dixie. US Civil War.
    Garry Owen. US Civil War.

    Lili Marleen. WWII-International.
    Im Feld Quartier-German.
    Die Panzerlied-WWII German.

    The Long and the Short and the Tall-WWI Allied.

    The Army Goes Rolling Along.
    The Marine Hymn.
    Anchors Aweigh.
    Wild Blue Yonder.
    Dog-faced Soldier.

    Yankee Doodle Dandy.

    And a few others I can't think of their names at this time.
     
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    Can I add a few if I may,


    Vera Lynn - When the lights go on again. - England

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzlFaY0s_QI

    - When we meet again -1939

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY

    (this song gets me teary eyed every time. How many soldiers heard this song in battle dreaming of home)

    Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose - 1946 France

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBh_JE5efwQ

    (came out just after the war, but can easily remind you of that era. Beautiful song, unfortunately I don't understand much french)

    One of my fav.. which Carl mentioned - Marlene Dietrich - Lili Marlene (Germany)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7J6OPurrtw

    Did you know that Erwin Rommel liked it so much that he asked Radio Belgrade to incorporate the song in their daily broadcasts. The song became the signature sign off for the troops at 9:55 pm every night . Rommel's troops took to the song and it soon would became a part of the the Afrika Korps. Even the allied troops enjoyed it.

    Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing (with a swing) - USA

    Not really from WW2 but one of the greatest big band songs ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwDN9UMMi3c



    Gosh , It takes you back in time.. the power of music.!

    Suzie
     
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  6. C.Evans

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    An oldie but goodie I had forgotten about is: The de Sauer March.

    Thanks for the link Lou, your 31 higher for it ;-))

    Cheers Suzie, you get 31 as well ;-))
     
  7. 107thcav

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    Oh Suzie your good. Edithe Piaf is one of the all time greats. Along with of Vera Lynn.
    C.Evans The de Sauer March I have that on 78 another fine song. Wish I could give you both salutes but I appear to be out.
     
  8. Mr. S

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    Nice topic,
    got to be included although I dont know the singer or the right title but "dont sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me"
    Anybody know???
    From the German side Wenn alle untreue werden. Panzer lied and fallschirmjager lied.
    British, Its a long way to Tiparairee.
    and before anyone says it, I havent got a clue how to spell it.:D

    regards John
     
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    hi john,the andrews sisters:p
     
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    And Suzie, I heard a funny (cute) line about that Lilie Marlene rendition by Dietrich which Rommel played so often. When this troops over-ran a radio station which had been held by the allies, that record was one of the few which wasn't broken.

    He and his people liked her rendition of the old WW1 song better than their own, so they play Dietrich's. I think it was in an interview with his son (Manfred?) or something that this came to my attention.
     
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    Thanks for posting the links Clint. Always looking for music from the war years.
     
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    Thanks. There is something about listening to a classic song. It's Weird because people my age are listening to that rap music which is just a mess of music and lyrics. I like all types of music but there is something about the classics of that era. It's clean, nice sound, and has a meaning.


    Here's one more Big Band great


    Glen Miller - In the mood 1940

    YouTube - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - In The Mood

    Suzie
     
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    I like to mention one last interesting tid bit about the song lili Marleen and Field Marshal Rommel.

    As I mentioned earlier, Rommel liked the song very much that he went so far as to ask the composer of the song, Norbert Schultze, to write a song about himself (Rommel).

    Schultze was a composer in Gemany at the time. He composed a bunch of propaganda songs for the nazis. As he would later mention, it was either compose for the nazis or face death.

    Anyway, when asked if he would come up with a song for Rommel, he dared not say no. So, he would come up with the song titled "forward with Rommel" which was recorded by the Luftwaffe Orchastra. But by the time the song was finished Rommel was losing the war in Africa, so the song was never used.


    For those interested in the english translation of the song, Marlene Dietrich performs for the American troops in 1944.

    YouTube - Marlene Dietrich Lili Marlene USO Camp



    Enjoy

    Suzie.
     
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    My friend, I agree with you. I do like listening to a wide variety of music. Rap has never been my favorite and I grew up during the glory years of hip hop. There is something about big band ballads and songs like Gracie Fields singing underneath the lynden tree. That really tug at the heart strings and bring us back to a more civilized age. A real tear jerker is My daddy's star written during ww1. About a little girl looking up at the night sky and hoping her daddy who was killed is looking down on her tonight. Anything by Glenn Miller is always good.
     
  16. C.Evans

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    Hi 107th, its a nice thought anyway, and greatly appreciated ;-))

    My history dealing with the De Sauer March-believe it or not? is thanks to a great Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens movie: The Enemy Below. I loved the song as a kid, and love it more now. I once heard it played on a Harpsichord (SP?) which I found interesting and different ;-))
     
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    Thanks Ray, as ever a wealth of information!
    and:p to you too mate.

    regards John
     
  18. 107thcav

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    A great Mitchum film sir. I watched recently night of the hunter starring Mitchum and Shelley Winters still a great movie. It has been a while since I have seen The enemy Below so I think I will watch that tonight. Same thing happened to me years ago saw a movie on Custer and the 7th cav. The song was the Garry Owen and I heard it on a flute and a few years back heard it again on flute and drum. It really hangs with you.
     
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    Hi 107th, same here. Mitchum was a household name in our house-and was always a fave of mine. My mom had a crush on him when she was much younger-same as w/ John Wayne and Errol Flynn ;-)) "Hunter" is a great Mitchum movie. I don't have it on DvD yet but is in my plans to get.

    Another Mitchum film fave of mine is The Hunters-among many many others ;-))
     
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    I really like thirties and fourties big bands alot , on my old tube gear it sounds absolutely fantastic :)
    At the moment I find myself listening a lot to a german performer called Max Raabe (und das Palast orchester ) who still records and performs the same way it was done 70 years ago, mostly from the original repertoire too .

    If you're into old music try a search on these guys ..theyre amazing !

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