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OFAM 2023 - If Only In My Dreams
You'll Never Know
Gems on V-Disc
Fri, Aug 4 - Thu, Aug 10
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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The Eye Center
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  • Description
  • V-Discs
  • Personnel
  • Program
Established by the Army Service Forces Special Services Division in October 1943 as a means of providing "not only of the latest and best in popular songs and marches, but also of the
You'll Never Know is one of 7 OFAM 2023 concerts presented twice:
    Evening: Fri, Aug 4, 7:30 pm
    Matinée: Thu, Aug 10, 1:30 pm
finest classical, concert, military, sacred, folk and patriotic music" to U.S. military personnel overseas, the V-DISC program produced 900 discs containing 2,345 tunes through 1949, when the program terminated. Because of the American Federation of Musician's strike from 1942-44, which forbade AFM members from working with Stateside record labels, many of the V-Disc recordings are the earliest and in some cases only recordings we have early '40s compositions. Chuck Redd and company offer up an evening of his favorites from the 1,500+ tunes that were released on V-Disc between October 1943 and the end of 1945.
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 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, Captain George Robert Vincent convinced Petrillo 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 Armed Forces Radio Service’s 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:
     “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.”
Event Personnel
Chuck Redd, director
Siri Vik, vocals
Vanessa Greenway, vocals
Tate Foshay, vocals
 Don't Get Around Much Anymore V-Disc 10A [Oct 1943] Duke Ellington
(1940) Bob Russell (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 Blue Skies V-Disc 1B [Oct 1943] Frank Sinatra, T Dorsey
(1927) Betsy Irving Berlin (w/m)
 In The Blue Of Evening V-Disc 18A [Oct 1943] Frank Sinatra, T Dorsey
(1943) Tom Adair, Al D'Artega (w/m)
 Sometimes I'm Happy V-Disc 38B [Nov 1943] Benny Goodman
(1927) Hit The Deck Irving Caesar (w) Vincent Youmans (m)
 I Got Rhythm V-Disc 34A [Nov 1943] Tommy Dorsey
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Embraceable You V-Disc 87A [1943] Carol Bruce, Red Norvo
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 That's The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch V-Disc 573B [Jan 1946] June Christy
(1945) Noble Sissle, Buck Ram, Edgar Battle, Gail Meredith (w/m)
 Out Of Nowhere V-Disc 487B [Aug 1945] Martha Tilton & Her V-Disc Playboys
(1931) Edward Heyman (w) Johnny Green (m)
 King Porter Stomp V-Disc 15B [Oct 1943] Benny Goodman
(1923) Jelly Roll Morton (m)
 I Remember You V-Disc 348B [1944] Jo Stafford, Pied Pipers, Paul Weston
(1942) The Fleet's In Johnny Mercer (w) Victor Schertzinger (m)
 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home V-Disc 467B [Jul 1945] Jo Stafford & Her V-Disc Boys
(1919) Clarence Williams, Charles Warfield (w/m)
 Nancy V-Disc 103A [??] Frank Sinatra, Axel Stordahl
(1944) Phil Silvers (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 G. I. Stomp V-Disc 34B [Jun 1943] Count Basie
(1943) Count Basie (m)
 For All We Know V-Disc 127A [Jan 1945] Tommy Dorsey
(1934) Sam M. Lewis (w) J. Fred Coots (m)
 Body And Soul V-Disc 14A [Jul 1944] Coleman Hawkins
(1930) Three's a Crowd Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton (w) John W. Green (m)
 And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine V-Disc 89A [1943] Anita O'Day
(1944) Joe Greene (w) Stan Kenton, Charles Lawrence (m)
 You'll Never Know V-Disc 24A [Oct 1943] Dinah Shore
(1943) Hello, Frisco, Hello Mack Gordon (w) Harry Warren (m)
 I'll Be Seeing You V-Disc 42B [1944] Jo Stafford, Paul Weston
(1938) Right This Way Irving Kahal (w) Sammy Fain (m)
 One O'Clock Jump V-Disc 15A [Oct 1943] Benny Goodman
(1937) Count Basie (m)
 Mop Mop V-Disc 152A [Mar 1944] Esquire All-American Jazz Band
(1943) Big Sid Catlett (m)

August, 2023
Fr 04 7:30 pYou'll Never Know: Eugene
Th 10 1:30 pYou'll Never Know: Eugene
Ticket/Venue Info
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Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
QSL Print Communications
OFAM 2023 Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor