Category Archives: Music

Music from WWII: “Smoke on the Water”

(See my other Music related posts) – The song “Smoke on the Water” was written in 1944 by Zeke Clements and recorded a short time later by Red Foley. This is a bit of a deviation from many of the songs I have posted about earlier as this is ‘country western’ while they were mostly ‘jazz’.

This is a patriotic song predicting the fall of the Axis powers, particularly Japan and was Foley’s first #1 hit. It stayed at the top of the music charts for 13 consecutive weeks in 1945.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

 

Music of World War II: “Any Bonds Today?”

(See my other Music related posts) – The song “Any Bonds Today?” was based on Irving Berlin’s “Any Yams Today”. The song was adopted as the official song of the National Defense Savings Program in 1941. This version is sung by the Andrews Sisters.

The cartoon above was commissioned by the Treasury to encourage movie audiences to buy defense bonds and stamps. It was released in April of 1942.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Music of WWII – Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino (Red Poppy Flowers on Monte Cassino)

(See my other Music related posts) – Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino (or in English Red Poppy Flowers on Monte Cassino) was written in 1944 shortly after the Polish Army had captured the German stronghold in Monte Cassino, Italy. The melody was composed during the night of 17–18 May 1944 by Polish soldier Alfred Schütz. Schütz was a composer and actor stationed in Campobasso. The first two stanzas of the song were written by poet and song-writer Feliks Konarski. Konarski was another Polish soldier stationed in Italy.

On May 18 the troops of the Second Polish Corps attacked the German position in Monte Cassino and captured the Monte Cassino monastery. The song was performed for the first time later that day to celebrate their victory. The battle had been very costly for the Polish forces. This is one of the best known Polish military songs of WWII.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

 

Music of WWII: “G.I. Jive”

(See my other WWII and Music related posts) – the song “G.I. Jive” came late in the war years. It was written and first performed by Johnny Mercer in 1944. His version reached #1 on the Harlem Hit Parade for one week and then peaked at #13 on the pop charts. A few months later the version sung by Louis Jordan made it to #1 on both the Harlem Hit Parade and the pop chart.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Music from WWII – Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree

(See my other WWII  related posts) – The song “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)” was made famous by the Glenn Miller Band and the Andrew Sisters during WWII. It was so popular that it remained in Your Hit Parades first place from October 1942 through January 1943. It was the longest period for a war song to hold first place. It was released by them in 1942.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Music from WWII – Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major

(See my other Music and WWII related posts) – The song “Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major” became popular in 1939. The song is attributed to Art Noel and Don Pelosi. This recording was made by Arthur Askey. It was a song favored by British forces.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Music of WWII: “On the Swing Shift”

(See my other WWII and Music related posts) – The song “On the Swing Shift” came out in 1942 in the film Star Spangled Rhythm. It was sung by Marjorie Reynolds, Betty Jane Rhodes, and Dona Drake. The theme of the song focuses on the romance between wartime aircraft plant workers who are on the “swing shift”, that is between 4PM and midnight.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.