Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller Orchestra

Radio Days: 1939

Episode 8

Episode date - October 4, 2019

How Music Changed

    No doubt about it, the thirties were a tumultuous decade. The first half was plagued by the effects of the Great Depression, only to see things worsen with the onset of a World War in Europe. At first, the United States managed to stay out of the fray, but a nationalistic sense of pride seemed to sweep across the entire planet. Great Britain, perhaps our greatest ally, was directly affected and drawn into the war, and many Americans sympathized with the Allied struggle.

    Once again, radio played a huge role, portraying our national identity by providing light entertainment as distraction yet also keeping us informed and up to date. America remained only passively involved, but there lingered a distinct sense that this too would soon change. Featured tracks include:

    Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller Orchestra

    In the Mood – Glenn Miller Orchestra

    My Prayer – The Ink Spots

    At the Woodchopper’s Ball – Woody Herman

    God Bless America – Kate Smith

    We’ll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

    Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland

    Cherokee – Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra

    Back in the Saddle Again – Gene Autrey

    Comes Love – Helen O’Connell

    When the Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong

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