Army Hit Kit
OFAM 2016
Army Hit Kit of Popular Songs Sing-Along
Fri Aug 12, 1:30-2:30 pm
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
Marriott Residence Inn
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In its efforts to provide morale-building activities for troops, the Office of War Information (OWI) undertook many projects, including the AFRS, the V-Discs, and a program to distribute books. One of its earliest moves was to distribute a (barely) updated version of its 1918 World War I Army Song Book. “Compiled by THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE in collaboration with THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and published by order of the SECRETARY OF WAR”, as the title page indicates, the 1941 book was filled with patriotic, folk, marching and otherwise inspirational songs, it fit the goals of the heads of the OWI to provide the U.S. Armed forces with appropriate community-building entertainment opportunities. Such as: “America”, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “The Boll Weevil Song”, “Casey Jones”, “Crash On, Artillery”, “Good Night, Ladies”, “The Man On The Flying Trapeze”, “The Marine’s Hymn”, “Yankee Doodle”, “Red River Valley”, and so forth.
Now, there are a lot of good songs here, but one’s got to say there are a lot of pretty dorky old figs here that were probably better suited to Miss Pitman’s 5th grade classroom than to the fighting boys on front lines of World War II. So it isn’t surprising that servicemen kept politely asking for the words and music to the popular hits of the day. And so in early 1943, the Army Hit Kit of Popular Music was born. Each month a new “kit” containing 1 large-format sheet music booklet and 30 words-only leaflets of 6 to 8 songs of all types, old and new (with emphasis on “new”) was distributed to servicemen worldwide. Much more fun for all concerned!
In place of a matinee concert, this afternoon session in the Shedd Recital Hall will be an all-comers sing-along from several of the Army Hit Kits in our library, led by Amy Adams and our Singing Road Scholar group. Join us!
Event Personnel
Andrew Pham, accompanist
Program
Song List
 I've Heard That Song Before
(1942) Youth On Parade - Sammy Cahn (w) Jule Styne (m)
 Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer
(1943) - Harold Adamson (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)
(1934) - Lew Brown (en), Wladimir Timm (w) Jaromir Vejvoda (m)
 Sunday, Monday or Always
(1943) - Johnny Burke (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Paper Doll
(1915) - Johnny Black (w/m)
 What Do You Do In The Infantry
(1943) - Frank Loesser (w/m)
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 - Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Pistol Packin' Mama
(1943) - Al Dexter (w/m)
 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) - Beth Whitson (w) Leo Friedman (m)
 White Christmas
(1942) Holiday Inn - Irving Berlin (w/m)
 Shoo-Shoo Baby
(1943) - Phil Moore (w/m)
 Till We Meet Again
(1918) - Raymond B. Egan (w) Richard Whiting (m)
 Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo
(1924) - Jimmy McHugh, Irving Mills, Al Dubin, Irwin Dash (w/m) [ based on Mademoiselle from Armentières ]
 Deep In The Heart Of Texas
(1941) - June Hershey (w) Don Swander (m)
 Strip Polka
(1942) - Johnny Mercer (w/m)
 Mairzy Doats
(1943) - Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston, Milton Drake (w/m)
 Easter Parade
(1933) As Thousands Cheer - Irving Berlin (w/m)
 Bésame Mucho
(1940) - Consuelo Velázquez (sp), Sunny Skylar (en) (w) Consuelo Velázquez (m)
 I'll Be Seeing You
(1938) Right This Way - Irving Kahal (w) Sammy Fain (m)
 G. I. Jive
(1944) - Johnny Mercer (w/m)
 It Had To Be You
(1924) - Gus Kahn (w) Isham Jones (m)
 Swinging On A Star
(1944) Going My Way - Johnny Burke (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Going My Way
(1944) Going My Way - Johnny Burke (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 The Very Thought Of You
(1934) - Ray Noble (w/m)
 Exactly Like You
(1930) Lew Leslie's International Revue - Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Star Dust
 One Meat Ball
(1944) - Lou Singer, Hy Zaret (w/m)
 It's Only A Paper Moon
(1933) Take A Chance - Yip Harburg, Billy Rose (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 It's Been A Long, Long Time
(1945) - Sammy Cahn (w) Jule Styne (m)
 On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe
(1945) The Harvey Girls - Johnny Mercer (w) Harry Warren (m)
 You Are My Sunshine
(1940) - Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell (w/m)
Ticket/Venue Info
Sheffer Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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