Category Archives: World War II

Art Tatum — If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

Thanks to gullivior again for the You Tube Art Tatum recorded this in 1943. As usual, he makes it sound so easy. Ha. Ha.  Art Tatum’s main musical influence was Fats Waller and Fats Waller’s main musical influence was James … Continue reading

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Mid Twentieth Century Romantic Christmas Songs

For Swing Era Generation, wistful nostalgia was the main theme of the adult songs of that era.  Here is The Christmas Song: Thanks to DemonMusicGroup The story goes that The Christmas Song was written on a hot July day in … Continue reading

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December 7, 1941 — Pearl Harbor Day

President Franklin D. Rossevelt said that it was “A Day in Infamy.”  Admiral Yamamoto, the head of the Japanese Imperial Navy, after the attack, said “We have awakened a sleeping giant.”  It was the event that profoundly changed the lives … Continue reading

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Remembering our War Veterans

November 11, 1918, was the day the forces of World War I signed the Armistice that ended the war, hence it was declared Armistice Day as a national holiday. After World War II, the name was changed to honor Veterans … Continue reading

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All Saint’s Day

Thanks to Bill Ferencz for the You Tube That was Louis Armstrong with When The Saints Go Marching In. Who else on All Saints Day should play When the Saints Go Marching In? Halloween has become a very big deal … Continue reading

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September and World War II—Glenn Miller and Poinciana

Thanks to swerpol for the You Tube. That video consisted of a World War II public service announcement encouraging women to join the Women’s Army Corps (WAC.)  It played in movie theaters at the time.  That was followed by a … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra — Put Your Dreams Away For Another Day — The Catrobat, Chuck Cecil

Put Your Dreams Away was music that inspired The Catrobat. Dan (The Captain) and Leilani, like my parents, were part of an older cohort of the so called Greatest Generation. That is, by the time World War II was over, … Continue reading

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Martha Tilton and the Catrobat

I first heard and saw Martha Tilton on a short fifteen minute television show called the Curt Massey Show. She and Curt Massey took turns singing songs accompanied by Joe “Country” Washburn’s small band. Country Washburn had once been part … Continue reading

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The Swingin’ Years: History comes alive

  Chuck Cecil has been doing his Swingin’ Years program since 1956.  The Swingin’ Years was a long time feature of KFI AM Radio in Los Angeles. He did  shows in the studio and remote broadcasts from Disneyland, Anaheim,  where … Continue reading

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Lillian Gabrielson Rollo (1908-1996)

Today would have been my mother’s 108th Birthday.  Say It Isn’t So was a favorite song of my mother, through most of her life.  Mostly, she would whistle it, but sometimes sing part of the lyric. Say It Isn’t So, was written … Continue reading

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