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God Bless America

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 31 May 2012

In the run up to the Second World War Berlin once again judged the mood of the American people perfectly by writing the patriotic song God Bless America, and similarly, once the war had begun, the songs he wrote for the film Holiday Inn affirmed the values of hearth, home and country. These included White Christmas, which Berlin considered the best song he ever wrote, and it was particularly popular with soldiers posted overseas. During the war Berlin led his own military troupe around the world with a revue, This is the Army, which 2.5 million soldiers saw between its Broadway debut in 1942 and the Hawaiian finale in 1945. Donald Macleod looks at Berlin's role as national minstrel during the 1940s.

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9 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Irving Berlin God Bless America

    Conductor: Skitch HENDERSON Performer: KATE SMITH - Main Artist Performer: SKITCH HENDERSON ORCHESTRA - Main Artist

    BMG, 6984-R, 1-1

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    Irving Berlin Happy Holiday

    Performer: Bing CROSBY - Singer

    MCA, MCAD-25205, 1-1

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    Irving Berlin Be careful it's my heart [from the film 'Holiday inn']

    Performer: Bing CROSBY - Singer

    MCA, MCAD-25205, 1-2

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    Irving Berlin Song Of Freedom

    Performer: Bing CROSBY - Singer

    MCA, MCAD-25205, 1-5

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    Irving Berlin I can't tell a lie

    Performer: Bing CROSBY - Singer

    MCA, MCAD-25205, 1-6

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    Irving Berlin I'll Capture Your Heart Singing

    Performer: Bing CROSBY - Singer

    MCA, MCAD-25205, 1-8

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    Irving Berlin White Christmas

    Performer: Bing CROSBY - Singer

    MCA, MCAD-25205, 1-11

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    Irving Berlin This Is The Army

    Performer: Frances Langford Performer: Cpl Sidney Robin Performer: Cpl Wm Roerich Performer: Pfc Henry Jones Performer: S/Sgt James Burell Performer: M/sgt Ezra Stone Performer: Sgt Julie Oshins Performer: Sgt. Philip Truex

    Hollywood Soundstage, 408, 1-1

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    Irving Berlin Annie get your gun - musical

    Conductor: Jay BLACKTON Performer: Ethel MERMAN - Singer Performer: Kathleen Carnes - Singer Performer: Ray Middleton - Singer Performer: Robert Lenn - Singer

    MCA Classics, MCAD 10047, 1-1

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