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World War II Music

These are just a few of the pop hits from the war years that not only boosted the morale of Americans at home but also comforted and entertained GIs fighting abroad. The collection includes songs by some of the decade’s biggest artists, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong.

A few more of the pop classics enjoyed by American GIs during World War II, this collection includes tracks from Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Marlene Dietrich, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, and the sultry Billie Holiday.

Under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime, only the music of those artists considered purely German could be purchased and performed. Beethoven was one of the few composers who made the cut. Listen to several of his masterpiece piano concertos.

During World War II, the Nazi regime deemed the music of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg dangerous and degenerate, banning its sale. Schoenberg’s modernist approach to composition was, like jazz and swing music, at odds with Hitler’s obsession with Germany’s folk past.

It has been said that this Pink Floyd album, their seventh, is the first from the group to deal with bass player Roger Waters’s reflections on his father’s death in World War II.

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