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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge May 2, 2018
On this week’s show we marked the occasion of V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day, in early May 1945, when the Nazis finally surrendered to the Allied Forces. I dedicate this show to my mother-in-law, Joan Coleman, and father-in-law, Bud Coleman, who celebrate birthdays this month and who made their own contributions to the war effort during that terrible time.
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1) “We've Been a Long Time Gone” recorded at the end of the war by the British singer and ukulele player George Formby, taken from the CD Box Set: With My Little Ukulele in My Hand.
2) “Hawaiian Hula Eyes” performed by Joe Keawe's Harmony Hawaiians on the collection: Vintage Hawaiian Treasures, Volume One – Hapa Haole Hawaiian Hula Classics. This 1945 song, composed in 1945 by Randy K. Oness and William Harbottle during the war, had some of its original lyrics classified by government censors because they mentioned Lunga Bay on Guadalcanal.
3) “Fort Street,” was played by Ledward Kaapana on Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar and comes from the superb CD: Kika Kila Meets K Ho’alu. Fort Street served as Honolulu’s main entertainment district for servicemen during World War II.
4) “Waitin' for the Train to Come In,” the 1945 song by Martin Block and Sunny Skylar sung by Peggy Lee on her anthology: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection, featuring her then-husband Dave Barbour on Electric Guitar.
5) “Swing Out to Victory,” The 1942 song by Fats Waller from his CD Box Set: Handful of Keys.
6) “Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet,” performed by Nancy Walker and The MGM Studio Chorus with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra from the 1944 movie: Broadway Rhythm, found on the copacetic compilation: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals. Some of you may remember Nancy Walker from her later TV roles on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda and Family Affair.
7) “Nuages” (which is the word for Clouds in French), the1940 song that helped rally the French during the Nazi occupation, taken from the righteous retrospective: The Best of Django Reinhardt, backed by his brother, Joseph “Nin-Nin” Reinhardt on Rhythm Guitar; Alix Combelle and Hubert Rostaign on Clarinets; Tony Ravira on Bass and Pierre Fouad on Drums.
8) “Vict'ry Polka,” from the collection: I've Heard That Song Before: Songs of Jule Styne, composed for the 1944 movie: Jam Session, where it was sung Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters accompanied by Vic Schoen & His Orchestra.
9) “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” the 1939 song by Eric Maschwitz and Manning Sherwin, recorded in 1962 by Frank Sinatra on his LP: Great Songs From Great Britain, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by the Canadian arranger and composer Robert Farnon.
10) “Leave the Dishes in the Sink, Ma,” the 1944 song by Spike Jones & His City Slickers with Del Porter on the Vocal, taken from the Serendipitous CD Box Set: Strictly for Music Lovers.
11) “Molly Malone,” recorded in 1944 by Maxine Sullivan and Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra, appearing on the collection: The “Le Ruban Bleu” Years – The Complete Recordings 1944-49.
12) “Groove Juice Special,” the 1942 song by Slim Gaillard from his CD Box Set: Laughing in Rhythm, with Slam Stewart offering vocal support and playing Bass.
13) “1-2-3-4 Jump” from the album: Red Norvo Small Bands – The Complete V-Disc Recordings. V-Discs were 12-inch, vinyl 78 rpm recordings created for the military during the war, and covered a period when the musician’s union had imposed a recording ban. When the V-Discs were made using 136 grooves per inch, these 12-inch records could hold up to six and a half minutes of music at a time when typical 78s could hold only three minutes. This selection features Red Norvo on Vibes, Flip Phillips on Tenor Sax and Dick Taylor on Trombone.
14) “Hayfoot, Strawfoot,” the 1942 song by Ivie Anderson and the Duke Ellington Orchestra from her historic collection: I've Got the World on a String, including Ben Webster on Tenor Sax.
15) “On the Swing Shift,” composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1943 movie: Star Spangled Rhythm, sung by Mel Torme with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass from the 1995 album: Velvet & Brass, featuring Rich Wilkins on Tenor Sax.
16) “Accentuate the Positive,” the 1944 song by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer sung by Jackie Ryan on her album: Listen Here, with Gerald Clayton on Piano and Organ and Rickey Woodard on Tenor Sax.