From the brilliant opening track by Johnny Mercer, tripping through to Benny Goodman, Eddie Heywood, Glenn Miller and The Mills Brothers, this popular album focuses on the American contribution to the popular music of World War II.
“An excellent mix that doesn’t just include the same Forties recordings that have been issued forever. The old favourites are beautifully restored and the less well known add much greater range of tempo and style than is usually the case … includes music in tune with the US forces as well as that considered suitable for British listeners by the BBC.” Amazon customer
Two men are walking down a suburban street, conversing in lively fashion, gesturing expansively, and chewing. Both are wearing army uniform, the cloth darker in colour and better tailored than the coarser British battledress. Even their forage caps seem smarter, worn at a rakish angle. Their shoes shine. These exotic individuals are approached by two English youngsters, one of whom dares to ask, Got any gum, chum? Smiling, one of the American G.I.s (for that’s what they are) reaches into his pocket and pulls out a couple of sticks of this much-coveted confection, and hands them over. Here you are, son, he says with a pronounced American accent, as he and his companion continue on their way. The two boys unwrap the chewing gum eagerly and soon begin to ape their Yankee friends, munching enthusiastically.