Festival Musical(s)
July, 2016
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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
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
Song List
 I've Heard That Song Before
(1942) Youth On Parade
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
 Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer
Words by Harold Adamson - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)
Words by Lew Brown (en), Wladimir Timm - Music by Jaromir Vejvoda
 Sunday, Monday or Always
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 Paper Doll
Words & music by Johnny Black
 What Do You Do In The Infantry
Words & music by Frank Loesser
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928
Words by Dorothy Fields - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 Pistol Packin' Mama
Words & music by Al Dexter
 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Words by Beth Whitson - Music by Leo Friedman
 White Christmas
(1942) Holiday Inn
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Shoo-Shoo Baby
Words & music by Phil Moore
 Till We Meet Again
Words by Raymond B. Egan - Music by Richard Whiting
 Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo
Words & music by Jimmy McHugh, Irving Mills, Al Dubin, Irwin Dash
 Deep In The Heart Of Texas
Words by June Hershey - Music by Don Swander
 Strip Polka
Words & music by Johnny Mercer
 Mairzy Doats
Words & music by Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston, Milton Drake
 Easter Parade
(1933) As Thousands Cheer
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Bésame Mucho
Words by Consuelo Velázquez (sp), Sunny Skylar (en) - Music by Consuelo Velázquez
 I'll Be Seeing You
(1938) Right This Way
Words by Irving Kahal - Music by Sammy Fain
 G. I. Jive
Words & music by Johnny Mercer
 It Had To Be You
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Isham Jones
 Swinging On A Star
(1944) Going My Way
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 Going My Way
(1944) Going My Way
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 The Very Thought Of You
Words & music by Ray Noble
 Exactly Like You
(1930) Lew Leslie's International Revue
Words by Dorothy Fields - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 Star Dust
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Hoagy Carmichael
 One Meat Ball
Words & music by Lou Singer, Hy Zaret
 It's Only A Paper Moon
(1933) Take A Chance
Words by Yip Harburg, Billy Rose - Music by Harold Arlen
 It's Been A Long, Long Time
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
 On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe
(1945) The Harvey Girls
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harry Warren
 You Are My Sunshine
Words & music by Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell
Ticket/Venue Info
Sheffer Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon