Oregon Festival of American Music 2016
On A Wing And a Prayer
Gems on V-Disc
Wed, Aug 10, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Marriott Residence Inn
The early 1940s were not an easy time for the music industry. First, in December 1940 ASCAP took on radio broadcasters, demanding higher licensing fees, so radio stations dropped all ASCAP music for over 10 months. Then in December 1941 the U.S. entered the war and it became significantly harder for musicians to tour and bands to stay together. Finally, in August 1942, in a dispute with record companies over the use of recorded music on radio, the notoriously imperious and appropriately-christened president of the American Federation of Musicians, James Caesar Petrillo called a strike, banning all AFM members from recording new music. One result of the ban was the V-Disc, a special project of the Army’s Special Service Division. In October 1943, Petrillo was convinced to make an exception for the sake of the war effort, allowing musicians to make recordings for troops overseas. Almost immediately the V-Discs began to be shipped out, and the program continued, alongside the AFRS’ radio transcription discs, into 1949, resulting in 900 discs containing 2,345 tunes featuring a lot of great music that, due to the AFM ban, was never recorded commercially in the States.
In a letter accompanying the first shipment of V-Discs sent out, Brigadier General F. H. Osborn of the Special Services Division explained the program’s goal from the Service’s point of view:
     “The Special Service Division presents to the Armed Forces this preview of the V-DISC, a new feature of the Music Section, Athletic and Recreation Branch. It is pleased to make monthly releases of phonograph records, not only of the latest and best in popular songs and marches, but also of the finest classical, concert, military, sacred, folk and patriotic music, so that the individual interests of the men in the Armed Forces may be fulfilled.
     “This album of six records contains a number of the leading songs from the Army Hit Kit and several special arrangements appropriately captioned, “Music For Marching Men.”
     “V-DISCs can be played over post public address systems, for drill, in the service clubs, mess halls, movie theatres, over camp carrier radio and many other places.”
Jesse Cloninger and company offer up our favorite selection from the 1,500+ tunes that were released on V-Disc between October 1943 and the end of 1945.
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, music director
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Byron Stripling, trumpet
Howard Alden, guitar
Larry Fuller, piano
Chuck Redd, drums, vibes
Lynn Seaton, bass
 Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer
Words by Harold Adamson - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 My Pin-Up Girl
Words & music by Tom King, Alec Regan
 Let's Get Lost
(1943) Happy Go Lucky
Words by Frank Loesser - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 Russian Lullaby
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 You'll Never Know
(1943) Hello, Frisco, Hello
Words by Mack Gordon - Music by Harry Warren
 'Deed I Do
Words by Walter Hirsch - Music by Fred Rose
 You Go To My Head
Words by Haven Gillespie - Music by J. Fred Coots
 Rose Room
Words by Harry Williams - Music by Art Hickman
 Where Or When
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 If I Could Be With You
Words by Henry Creamer - Music by Jimmy Johnson
 Embraceable You
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Two Sleepy People
(1938) Thanks For The Memory
Words by Frank Loesser - Music by Hoagy Carmichael
 Cotton Tail
Music by Duke Ellington
 That Old Feeling
(1937) Vogues of 1938
Words by Lew Brown - Music by Sammy Fain
 You Are My Sunshine
Words & music by Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell
 Mood Indigo
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard
 Frankie And Johnny
Words by Ren Shields - Music by Bert Leighton, Frank Leighton
 We'll Meet Again
Words & music by Ross Parker, Hughie Charles
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harold Adamson, 1906-1980
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Barney Bigard, -
Lew Brown, 1893-1958
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Hughie Charles, -
J. Fred Coots, 1897-1985
Henry Creamer, 1879-1930
Jimmie Davis, 1899-2000
Duke Ellington, 1899-1974
Sammy Fain, 1902-1989
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983
Haven Gillespie, 1888-1975
Mack Gordon, 1904-1959
Lorenz Hart, 1895-1943
Art Hickman, -
Walter Hirsch, -
Jimmy Johnson, 1894-1955
Tom King, -
Frank Leighton, -
Bert Leighton, 1877-1964
Frank Loesser, 1910-1969
Jimmy McHugh, 1895-1969
Irving Mills, 1894-1985
Charles Mitchell, -
Ross Parker, -
Alec Regan, -
Richard Rodgers, 1902-1979
Fred Rose, -
Ren Shields, 1868-1913
Harry Warren, 1893-1981
Harry Williams, -
Ticket/Venue Info
On A Wing And A Prayer Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A32.00  29.00  27.25  25.75  16.00 
B28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
C22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
O18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  9.00 
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