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Kilroy Was Here: Music of World War 2

Side A
Artist Song
Franklin Delano Roosevelt  "A date which will live in infamy" speech  
Frank Sinatra  There'll be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go Marchin' In) 
Vera Lynn  We'll Meet Again 
Woody Herman & His Orchestra  G.I. Jive 
Johnny Mercer  Accentuate the Positive 
Spike Jones  Der Fuhrer's Face 
Louis Prima  Sing, Sing, Sing 
Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford & the Modernaires  Stardust 
Kay Kyser  Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition 
The Andrews Sisters  The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B 
The Mills Brothers  Till Then 
Louis Jordan  Knock me a Kiss 
The Inkspots  Maybe 
Marlene Dietrich  Lili Marlene 
Hank Snow  At Mail Call Today 
Vera Lynn  The White Cliffs of Dover 
U.S. Marine Corps Band  The Marine's Hymn 
Side B
Jerry Goldsmith  Main theme from "Patton" 
George C. Scott  Patton Speech (begin) 
Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band  Over There 
Ella Fitzgerald & the Inkspots  Cow Cow Boogie 
Billie Holiday  What a Difference a Day Makes 
Dooley Wilson  As Time Goes By (from "Casablanca") 
Edith Piaf  La Vie en Rose 
Frank Sinatra  Stormy Weather (V-disc, with greetings to the soldiers) 
Oscar Brand  Roll me Over in the Clover 
The Mills Brothers  Paper Doll 
Louis Prima  Oh Marie 
Frank Sinatra  All of Me 
Marlene Dietrich  Falling in Love Again 
Hank Snow  The Soldier's Last Letter 
Frank Sinatra  My Shining Hour 
Vera Lynn  When the Lights Go on Again 
Glenn Miller  In the Mood 
George C. Scott  Patton Speech (end) 


I had just watched "Band of Brothers" and finished reading the book, and I am still deeply thinking of the sacrifice that so many people across the world made in defeating the Axis invasions. I wanted to make a tape of music from World War 2, and I chose music from the V-discs as much as possible. For more info on V-discs, click here.
I asked my uncles and my grandmother about what songs were popular then, did some web research, borrowed the Sinatra V-discs from a pal, and came up with this.
A few songs were inspired by anecdotes from the soldiers in E Company of the 101st Airborne, namely "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Roll me over in the Clover." The latter was the unofficial theme song of the company, that they would sing while mobilizing in troop carriers, and the Billiw Holiday song was what one soldier thought of after the Germans counterstriked and began the Battle of the Bulge, halting the Allied advance. Things went from high morale to the toughest battle in the European war.

I'm hoping a similar story is told about the war in the Pacific. My great-uncle Frank (RIP) served there, but much of it was so horrible that he never talked about it.
My great-uncle Jimmy was in the 1st infantry and fought at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. He always said that Patton saved their asses (unlike the 101st Airborne, who denied they needed rescuing) so I put some clips from the movie Patton in. It's the only anachronism on the tape except for the Marine's Hymn, which was recorded long after the war.
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Date: 9/14/2003
wow! this is spectacular!
Reed Underwood
Date: 9/14/2003
A lot of people think of music in the twentieth century as starting with Elvis (at least i make that mistake). It's always good to be reminded that there was a whole fifty years of twentith century before him. Excellant work.
Date: 9/14/2003
If you don't get into pre-Elvis R&B, bluegrass, swing, ragtime, jazz, and Dixieland, you are missing a whole lot. Even the 50's where rock & roll was trying to burst from the womb of blues/R&B, is a great time. Great down and dirty stuff! This is a more whitebread mix but is still a lot of fun.
Date: 9/14/2003
This looks absolutely fabulous. I love the amount of work and research you put into preparing this and I'm amazed at how much of this I actually know!!! (and Der Fuhrer's Face is truly hillarious!)
Inquire within
Date: 9/15/2003
So many great songs, and memorable speeches! Awesome! Sing, Sing, Sing always makes me want to dance, and I love a bunch of your other selections.
Date: 9/15/2003
YAY!!!! This is one of my favorite musical eras!! :D Your CD looks fantastic! And I think you've inspired me to make a similar mix! :)
Girl Take It Easy
Date: 9/15/2003 Fucking awesome. everyone here has pretty much already said everythign I was gonna say. Lots of great songs. There's a Cd i have called "Those were our songs" or somethign like that. Its a double disc set that features some of these songs and others that you would enjoy. i reccomend checking it out. also, it yer in the boston area, AM 830 is a great big band/swing/jazz station. kickass mix, man.
Date: 9/15/2003
Good job - well researched - and good to see u got Vera Lynn in.
Date: 9/15/2003
You can't do a WW2 mix without Vera Lynn :) I've always loved her voice. Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn? Remember how she said that we would meet again, some sunny day.
joey de vivre
Date: 9/16/2003
very atmospheric time capsule, well done! Thanks to the techno-miracle of recorded sound, we can now travel through time . . .
Date: 9/19/2003
this is a well researchd mix you made. would you like to engineer a trade?
Lancelot Link IV1
Date: 2/7/2004
Glad to finally catch up with this one. Yes, Vera Lynn is required but "Mairzy Doats" by the Merry Macs would have been perfect on here. As it is, this is sublime.