When I was a kid, my mother played wartime tunes on the piano as I was falling asleep. So I think my fascination with that era first began with its wonderful, evocative music: lilting love songs, morale-boosting melodies, big band swing and sweet songs of separation that wring your heartstrings. Here are ten of my favourites. Click on the blue song title to hear each piece, and a separate window will open on your computer. Some pieces have video; others are just sound recordings. You may have to suffer through a few advertisements. Photo Credit: PA Photos. This morale-boosting song was written before the Americans entered the war, when things were looking pretty grim.
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Each time in history has its own distinctive music and the Second World War is no exception. Here is a list of 10 songs that capture a variety of sentiments from different countries involved in World War Two. Immensely popular and enduring, this hit was recorded by the American trio the Andrew Sisters and introduced in the Abbott and Costello film Buck Privates, which was released in January , nearly a year before the US entered the war. Join Dan Snow on an exclusive tour of the house and grounds, as well as the little known but all-important cottages that surround Bletchley Park. Watch Now. Composed by poet Mikhail Isakovsky and popular composer Matvei Blanter in , this Soviet war song is equal parts peasant folk music, patriotic battle anthem and love song.
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American music during World War II was considered to be popular music that was enjoyed during the late s the end of the Great Depression through the mids through the end of World War II. Although the radio could be used to boost American morale, the American Government censored radio channels in fear that enemy agents may be sending coded messages through song requests on the stations. Unlike many World War I songs, many World War II songs focused more on romance and strength instead of propaganda, morale, and patriotism. Songs that ridiculed the Axis Powers were also popular. On the other hand, songs that were directed towards the Pacific showed blatant racism, hate, anger, and revenge following the Pearl Harbor attack. Swing music was a notable example of wartime radio music. Even Nazi Germany fielded some swing music bands despite Hitler's objections to "decadent Western music. Jazz music would also become part of the "cultural war" that raged alongside the actual fighting of World War II. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.