Tag Archives: Music

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.

Music from WWII: “Beer Barrel Polka”

(See my other WWII related posts) – The song “Beer Barrel Polka” was very popular during WWII. It was written in 1927 by Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda. The recording by Will Glahé (instrumental above) was the #1 on the Hit Parade in 1939. 

The Andrew Sisters (above) also recorded the song in 1939. I’m not sure when this Andrews Sisters version was recorded, but I prefer it.

Many versions of the song were produced in different languages during World War II. It was popular among soldiers, regardless of their side in the conflict.


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: “Sentimental Journey”

(See my other WWII related posts) – The song “Sentimental Journey” was published in 1944. It was written by Les Brown and Ben Homer, and the lyrics were written by Bud Green. It was recorded in 1945 with Doris Day as the lead singer. The recording was released as the war in Europe was headed to a close. The song reached the Billboard charts on March 29, 1945, and lasted 23 weeks climbing all the way to the #1 spot. Because of the timing of the release, the song was popular with troops returning from the European Theater.


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.