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#1 JeffinMNUSA

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:13 PM

Hi all;
I vote for Kate Smith's "God Bless America."
YouTube - Kate Smith Sings God Bless America
I played it at my WWII vet father in law's funeral this past winter and there was not a dry eye in the place.
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:17 PM

boogie woogie bugle boy of company "B"...

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:40 PM

There are so many.

The Andrews Sisters' tune mentioned by Sniper

American Patrol & In the Mood by Glenn Miller Orchestra

As Time Goes by from Casablanca

Deep in the Heart of Texas,

Lili Marlene

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 09:50 PM

blimey the yanks have pinched lilie marlein.. no chance we brits stole it first... i go for dont sit under the apple tree...

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:00 PM

blimey the yanks have pinched lilie marlein.. no chance we brits stole it first... i go for dont sit under the apple tree...


I like Marlene Dietrich's version.

It's okay, you can have The White Cliffs of Dover.:D

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:10 PM

I think the one that outsold all others was 'White Christmas'.



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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:28 PM

I don't think there can be a "best song" of WWII because there are so many that immediately jump to mind. Also, there are so many different countries that contributed. I suspect that most French listeners would suggest Edith Piaf's La Vie en Rose, which came out in 1945. Anyone with a preference for Jazz vocals might gravitate to Billie Holliday's brilliant recording of God Bless the Child (1941) and for big band fans there are dozens that could lay claim to the title (among them, Duke Ellington's Take the A Train (1941), Les Brown's Sentimental Journey (featuring Doris Day on vocals) and just about anything from Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, or the Dorseys).

But this does give me an idea . . . .

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:45 PM

Eleven songs claimed the number 1 chart position in the USA during 1941. Of those Artie Shaws Frenesi had the longest run (13 weeks).

Click here for a link to a list of all of the #1 songs of '41: US Number One Songs - 1941

In 1942, only 9 songs claimed the #1 spot and Glenn Miller was dominant, staying at the top of the charts for an aggregate of 16 weeks. Bing Crosby stayed at the top of the charts with White Christmas for 11 weeks (extending into '43).

List: US Number One Songs - 1942

In 1943, twelve songs crested at number 1, with Harry James I've Heard that Song Before (13 weeks) narrowly beating The Mills Brothers' Paper Doll (12 weeks) for the song with the greatest chart endurance.

List: US Number One Songs - 1943

1944 was Bing Crosby's year . . .

List: US Number One Songs - 1944

The transitions of 1945 are shown in the music charts with the American people clearly restless. The year started with Crosby and the Andrews' Sisters at the top of the charts with Don't Fence Me In. Later in the year, Johnny Mercer would hit the heights with On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.

Full list: US Number One Songs - 1945

The age of the vocalist had dawned and big bands were clearly on their way out.
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:55 AM

When the lights go on again all over the world
And the boys are home again all over the world
And rain or snow is all that may fall from the skies above
A kiss won't mean "goodbye" but "Hello to love"

When the lights go on again all over the world
And the ships will sail again all over the world
Then we'll have time for things like wedding rings and free hearts will sing
When the lights go on again all over the world

.......our own vera lynn...........

When the lights go on again all over the world
And the ships will sail again all over the world
Then we'll have time for things like wedding rings and free hearts will sing
When the lights go on again all over the world

#10 JeffinMNUSA

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 09:16 AM

Hi all;
"White Cliffs of Dover" was popular with air men all over the world;
YouTube - Vera Lynn - The White Cliffs Of Dover
That was on the playlist at Louis' wake also.
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