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Late Night FDL: Music and War

written by Kelly Canfield and Elliott

We’re remembering today – veterans particularly. But another thing to keep in mind beside veterans’ service  is the reaction of regular people to war. Wars affect everyone! Despite what Powers move to do, regular normal people have always coped, and coped as well as they possibly can; one of those ways is music.

We’ve always had music and musicians to propagandize war, mock war, cheer the troops, provide succor to the masses, cherish the lost, and remember all things “war.”   Over the last century here’s a couple to notice – and undoubtedly you have more to offer in comments.

Elliott here:

As an ancestral Tipperarian, I’ll start off with the WW I classic It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, we all know that one.   Originally written on a 5 shilling bet in 1912 by the Irish songwriter Jack Judge, it became a popular British marching song during WW I.  In previous conflicts war songs may have celebrated great deeds, but by WW I many of the popular songs, like this one, were of longing for home. Here’s a website dedicated to WW I music, how many of the songs do you know?

Back to Kelly and WW II

Thelma White -“Hamp’s Boogie Woogie” is a 1944 instrumental written by Milt Buckner and Lionel Hampton. Here she is with her All Girls Jazz Band, much in that 40’s mode of “Rosie The Riveter.” Thelma was one of the original USO Entertainers, and played for the Troops during WWII in Alaska, along with Carmen Miranda. She’s best known for a little film called Tell Your Children in 1936 rechristened Reefer Madness once it was hauled out of the vaults in 1972. My kind of woman – ground breaking and controversial!

There are a slew of WW II songs, here’s a list from wiki. What songs do you think of from that time?

Take it further, Vietnam era songs? Invasion of Grenada Songs? What was that music Poppy Bush subjected Manuel Noriega to? What about Iraq I and Iraq II?

And the beat and the guns go on.

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