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World War II: Home Front Music

Various Artists, Songs That Got Us Through WWII (1990)

These are just a few of the pop hits from the war years that boosted the morale of Americans at home and GIs fighting abroad. The collection includes songs by some of the decade's biggest artists, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. Plus, you can't miss the Andrew Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"!

Various Artists, Songs That Got Us Through WWII, Vol. 2 (1994)

A few more of the pop classics from the war years, this collection includes tracks from Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Marlene Dietrich, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, and the sultry Billie Holiday.

Artie Shaw, The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions (1940)

Jazz was to the 1930s and 1940s what Hip Hop is to the '90s and the '00s. Check out this classic jazz album from Artie Shaw, one of the era's heaviest hitters.

Duke Ellington, Masterpieces: 1926-1949 (2001)

Duke Ellington is arguably one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. The "Duke" enjoyed some of his greatest success during the war years, when his compositions were savored by Americans at home and those fighting abroad.

Orson Welles, The War of the Worlds – Original Broadcast (1938)

Listen for yourself to the original radio adaptation of H.G. Wells's science fiction novel The War of the Worlds, directed and narrated by actor Orson Welles. Now, imagine switching on your radio, expecting to hear the evening news, and hearing this!

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