Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy- Andrews Sisters

Radio Days: A World War, and Musician's Strike

Episode 11

Episode date - October 25, 2019

How Music Changed

    In the scope of history, it is seldom mentioned that World War II was accompanied by a musician’s strike, lasting from 1942 until 1944. As a result, no union musicians could record for any commercial recording company.

    Radio programs were allowed, but not recording sessions, unless it was specifically for a V-disk (distributed by the armed forces). It was the longest strike in entertainment history. As a result, very few releases of new material took place. Instead, the labels rushed their star performers into studios to record as much as possible before the strike kicked in on 8/1/42.

    A few companies settled with the union in 1943, but the largest companies held out until November 1944, for terms virtually identical to those who settled earlier. All the while, the war raged on.

    Featured tracks include:

    Night and Day – Frank Sinatra

    Brazil – Xavier Cugat

    Pistol Packin’ Mama – Al Dexter & His Troopers

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition – Kay Kaiser & His Orchestra

    Comin’ In on a Wing and a Prayer- Golden Gate Quartet

    I’ve Heard That Song Before- Harry James Orchestra

    Paper Doll – The Mills Brothers

    You’ll Never Know – Dick Haymes

    Swinging on a Star- Bing Crosby

    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy- Andrews Sisters

    Rum and Coca Cola – Andrews Sisters

    On the Sunny Side of the Street – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

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