Glenn Miller 1943 – Soothing the soul of the battle weary.

"I was broke, bought a Glenn Miller record, and was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the Good Taste Foundation"

Originally recorded on April 4, 1939, Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade was also issued mid-way through WWII as a V-Disc No. 39A, in November, 1943.

V-Discs were a series of recordings made through an agreement between US record companies and the US government. They were produced and shipped to our soldiers overseas as a means of boosting morale.

They were also an instant hit, our weary fighting men could now listen to big band hits, swing music, jazz and classical performances from back home. Everybody seemed to jump in and the effort expanded to include special recording sessions, concerts, recitals, radio broadcasts, film sound tracks and commercial records.

Glen Miller joined the Army in 1942 at the height of his civilian career, was transferred to the Army Air Force and by the time Moonlight Serenade was issued as a V-Disc, he was touring with his Army Air Force Band.

Moonlight Serenade. Flawless, timeless. 

There could not have been a more perfect song for the time, nor a more perfect song to represent an entire era. God bless our veterans, and God bless Glenn Miller (MIA in WWII), who gave our soldiers a break from the mental and physical fatigue of battle.. with a few minutes of soul soothing escape.

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  1. I was a big fan of AFN just after the war ended. Lots of the records they played were V Discs unavailable in the UK. I was a teenager back then and loved to listen late into the night, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong and Harry James etc. Not a lot of that kind of stuff on the BBC.

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